The Pinkbike Academy is back for its second season, and with riders competing for a pro contract with Orbea and a $25,000 purse, the stakes are even higher. The ten-part series sees competitors face off against each other in all sorts of races and challenges at the Big White ski resort, from full-on blind enduro stages to flat corner challenges to the dreaded FTP test, with a single rider coming out on top.
Thousands of riders from all over the world applied, but only ten made the big show. Now it's time to catch up with some of the PBA competitors, starting with Squamish local Tori Wood.
THE PINKBIKE PODCAST // EPISODE 94 - PINKBIKE ACADEMY CONTESTANT, TORI WOOD Dec 3rd, 2021
How many thousands of people watched your first race?
Featuring a rotating cast of the editorial team and other guests, the Pinkbike podcast is a weekly update on all the latest stories from around the world of mountain biking, as well as some frank discussion about tech, racing, and everything in between.
Of course, the obligatory #torigotrobbed can’t be missing
Season 2: "Its BS that ppl get eliminated based on their race results and not their attitude!"
Season 3: "Its BS that ppl get eliminated at all!"
It dawned on me today whilst riding my local trails (best thinking courtesy of mountain biking), IT'S FRIKIN' REALITY TV but with mountain bikes! it's meant to evoke "insert adjective/emotion here"! It took me this long to figure (hopefully) the PB isn't that stoopid and it's job is to create content that's viewed, reviewed, talked about and commented on! There would still be drama if Cam and @toriwood were still there, but probably less wrath from the masses and who doesn't like a good wrath filled comment section?! Touché PB.
Also PB, why don't you give @toriwood an on going vlog on starting from absolute scratch, never having raced, facing physical fears and mental and psychological challenges and barriers? An honest, candid look at what goes on in ones head and how to overcome, or at least placate and calm the howling demons! (sorry, got a bit carried away there...) I'd watch that and I bet hoards of Pinkers would too!
Lastly, @killedbydeath @mikelevy Never grow up!!!
Loking for tour honest opinion here, Levy often talks about the kona process 111 as one of the first downcountry bikes made.
How does it compare to downcountry bikes these days?
If you update some parts for a 2015 Kona Process 111 for instance, like 12 speed drivetrain, dropper post and 4 pot disc brakes, would it still be a considered a modern-ish bike? And does it make more sense to you guys buying a used Process 111, and update it were it makes sense, or buy a lower end 2022 29er with similar caracteristics.
Love the podcast guys! Keep it up!
Give them a f*cking chance. Some riders are obviously gonna come in fast & probably just stay fast without really all that much actual progress or advancement while someone like Tori, if given time, could really show that progress & advancement, especially given time & additional pressure. Also - this would put more pressure on some of those more advanced riders over the course of the show. Easily far more interesting that nuking riders each week which is - weak.
Anyway- again, no probs w/ these riders or their intentions. I just think the show format is silly and outdated. Its long past time to move past the Hunger Games & Survivor style (minus the alliances) thing, and just let people compete over time. Academies and even World Cup don't remove and then prevent those people who had a bad score from participating again - they are in fact required for there to even be an actual roster.
Good idea that's just poorly executed PB. Just do up an Olympics style weekly ranking / scoring and lets see all these actually talented riders (who blow most of us away any day) do their thing, get some time to learn & adapt w/o cutting them down. Can hardly believe that in the biker realm that PB would do this or that anyone actually enjoys that format.
Keep it going. Fitness is key and you have the mindset.
Where abouts in in Aus did you begin life?
Good luck with the next race season, you’ll smaaaaaaaash it.
Where abouts in in Oz did you begin life?