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The Privateer: Cornering With Bryn Atkinson & The Final Workout Before EWS Whistler

Aug 8, 2019
by Pinkbike Originals  



With one week to go before EWS Whistler, the most important race of the year, Adam heads down to Bellingham for a cornering clinic from Bryn Atkinson. After that he hits the gym with Todd Schumlick for one last workout before the big show.

Did you miss the previous episodes from Season 2 of The Privateer? Want to know more about Adam Price's 2019 journey? Here's the full Privateer playlist.

We'd like to extend a big thank you to all of the sponsors who will be supporting Adam this year.

Adam Price is trained by Todd Schumlick @performx_training

Special thanks to GoPro.

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  • 73 1
 Bryn is trying to explain in words how to do something that nobody on the planet looks as smooth as him doing. It would be like Steph Curry telling you how to shoot 3's. "Just make them all go in bro!"
  • 28 23
 He's only deadlifting 225 lbs. I can do 400 lbs.
  • 3 0
 @sarahlh: I agree, I could go a delicious Curry as well
  • 2 1
 @sarahlh: underated comment
  • 4 0
 @sarahlh: Nobody got the joke.
  • 5 1
 @sarahlh: ha. people would actually have to watch the video instead of going straight to the comments, but that doesn’t happen here.
  • 2 1
 what Mark Rippetoe would say: it’s not 400, it is fhour-o-fhive and people think it is much. Pause. Giggle. People think Fhour oh fhive is a lot... hihi. Let me tell you something, fhour oh fhive is a novice level
  • 1 0

Well played.

But Richie Rude benches your DL ????
  • 3 1
 @Mfro: thanks guys. I saw -8 downvotes at one point and I almost gave up on the PB audience's intelligence/humor sophistication. You've all restored that for me.
  • 1 0
 @Mfro: Richie Rude Curls my sumo
  • 38 0
 I'd die to be able to ride with Bryn Atkinson. I'd also die while riding with Bryn Atkinson!
  • 23 5
 If you are able make it out to Crankworx next week, you can ride with Bryn on an e-bike! (Demo bikes provided)
  • 13 8
 If I’d come to Vancouver area and had to chose, I’d rather pay for clinics with Bryn and Jill than visit Whistler. Just manic. I did a few trail sections in my life where I saw a top rider do them and it was always an eye opener. It’s like a part of the brain growing involuntarily. Like following Makken on Rollercoaster in Hafjell. Yeah, any idiot can clear it with a DH bike, but try to ride so slow and get so much air, not casing a single landing, at the same time landing so smoothly.
  • 6 0
 I ran into Bryn and Jill at my local and wound up leading Jill down a trail I've been down 100 times. Felt like I rode okay, but Jill found the nicest ways to tell me how crap my riding is. Super cool people, the both of them.
  • 3 1
 @WAKIdesigns: You'll get the same thing if you do a clinic with Kovarik at Whistler, the man makes the impossible seem normal.
  • 2 0
 I have been fortunate enough to ride with Jill and Bryn on several occasions and both of them are mind blowing in different ways. Following Bryn down trails that he is riding blind and I have ridden literally a hundred times, he finds lines, pockets and features that I have never seen. Jill's ruthless efficiency and raw speed are something to behold.
  • 2 0
 @norcobicycles: and you guys at the demo tent are specifically telling people not to ride up into Sproatt alpine right (Lord of the Squirrels etc)? Unlike the a*sholes from @cyclesdevinci last summer at Crankworx?
  • 31 2
 This episode makes me feel so many happy-brain-chemicals all at the same time

Good luck in whistler Adam! You've worked so friggin hard to be ready for this & I’m super proud of ya Smile
  • 4 0
 Holy sh*t does Adam finally get to race now?! I hope so! Gonna be an awesome weekend!
  • 30 1
 I'm so glad of this video style where the music is twice as loud as them speaking. Said no one ever. What I love doing while watching a video, is constantly adjust the volume.
  • 30 2
 FOX helmet really looks stupid. Confirmed!
  • 7 3
 Still better than that latest Giro. In this you look like a goon in a dumb helmet. Which in certain cases is more than fine. In Giro, you are quite likely to look like a dork who chose to play with lego technic at the attic than to smoke weed and hang out with the girls.
  • 17 0
 If I got paid to wear it,I would look stupid all day everyday....I would even wear it while I was cashing my cheque.
  • 3 1
 @johnnyswinger: sure. The fascinating bit is people who pay for wearing it. I personally would already have the Fox just because I know how it pisses people off, but I bought another helmet 2 weeks before it came to the local shop. But the latest Giro is what breaks the camels back. Especially since Switchblade 2 looks ok without the chin piece.
  • 14 0
 Night and Day difference in your strength training from the very first episode. Grip it and rip it in EWS Whistler man....you've got game. Loving the show.
  • 11 3
 I'm not sure where this guy grew up (yeah ok, somewhere in the UK), or why he started mountain biking.
It seems like a big theme in all these videos is the little itty bitty bits of riding. I get the sense that he kinda threw himself in to this whole thing and is now taking style direction from a vast and varied sort of riders based on what he's offered to feed the social beast.

Maybe I'm seeing it differently, but it really seems like he's trying to absorb all the best tactics of all the people he rides with. Not necessarily bad, because that's how you (and I specifically) learn (and of course, from failing), but every one of these videos has a different point of view on how to enter/turn/exit a corner, high line, low line, straight, around... Something that imo is an intuitive process that you can only learn from practice and figuring out where your comfort zone and where your push zone lies. I can't imagine what it would be like to try to combine all these different styles (and think about it all and which one) in a run. Just seems counterintuitive to me.

I am not (nor have been) at a pro level, but I learned really early on where I can push without crashing, or with a risk of crashing that's manageable, or where I will probably crash hard but f*ck it; which corners I can hit hard and where in the corner I can scandi-flick without high siding; which drops I won't tense up on etc... My point is: there is a lot of conversation and thought in these videos, but what is it really adding up to?
  • 9 0
 Interesting points and I agree with you on lots of them. My point of view is that this is a docuseries of “the process”, not necessarily documenting a person who “has arrived”. It’ll be up to Adam to give meaning on what it’s all added up to which will hopefully be shown in his results for his priority races this season. Worst case scenario - there are many people who have learned a lot from this series, or been inspired to race from it, so that is (in my opinion) incredibly meaningful in itself, independent of Adam’s individual race results. Anecdotally, Adam is a better version of himself as compared to when he started & I don’t think personal development is ever a waste.

For what it’s worth, intuitive/implicit learning got him to ~79th in 2017 at the whistler EWS and season 1 of resources and support got him to 57th (or 59- I don’t remember) at the same race with a similar field in 2018. It will be interesting (and exciting!) to see what happens in 2019 after 2 full seasons of extra resources and support.
  • 3 0
 I kind of see your point. He doesn't necessarily HAVE to absorb all the teachings he's being presented, but if he learns one thing from each mentor, he'll be faster than before.
  • 4 1
 The idea is quite simple: Send the bloke to a few Gurus, film it. Folks love to watch gurus talk and pretty mucv everyone would like to be in Adams shoes. A mix of a few archetypes, Frodo the nobody that can become great, the Master Miyagi, the mentor we all want to meet, and the battle to be had, luring in the background.

In the end everyone learns something from someone. It won’t take anyone from zero to hero. I think a thing like clinics with Bryn is also a lot about experience, not only learning something groundbreaking and progressing to become a corner God. It won’t happen. This is not a quest where you finally find yourself in a room where a white old man presents himself as “the architect”. Then you leave and pass Sam Hill on the inside, win a medal, cash, tears of fans, smile of a GF and an interview with Tippie
  • 12 2
 Last time on the privateer .. Adam was super awkward when sponsors gave him free shit
  • 8 3
 PB needs to get him a nicer helmet. This one is for Leah's hair and on Adam, it looks like it has built-in sideburns. Good luck in Whistler Adam....hope it goes really great.
  • 12 0
 Bryn's just staring at his skull coozie the whole time and trying to focus on what he's saying & not thinking of special insults to throw at his head gear.
  • 7 0
 ooh a double fisting! Good luck Adam!
  • 4 1
 Well congrats, he got a bit better with this deadlift but the squat is still a dangerous lift for him, even with heel lifts. I love how the trainer said outright that his ankle dorsiflexion needs work but then went right out there and loaded the crap out of it anyways!! haha Why not take that time scheduled for lifting and work towards improving his ankle range of motion so he can do it better and safer next time? Good ROM is worth more on a mountain bike race than a slightly higher rep max any day of the week.
  • 1 1
 And what's up with him having him do "clean and presses" without a proper squat or anything?

Let him work with PVC and no load for the time being if that's what it takes to get him some proper movements in.
  • 6 0
 Someone buy Adam a better GoPro already
  • 4 0
 Bryn is a long time favourite corner shredder of mine, his section in barred for life 2 is one of my all time favs.
  • 5 0
 The trainer has a bone to pick with PB comments LOL
  • 2 0
 Or do PB commenters have a bone to pick with all PB content?
  • 2 0
 @Patsplit: that goes without saying
  • 3 0
 i liked how the trainer acknowledged the criticism from the previous gym session. This show is an experiment in having the PB comments section influencing the show.
  • 1 0
 You mean the misunderstanding of the fitness tests.
  • 1 0
 GMBN recently did a video with Nino on how fit XC racers are. Obviously different disciplines, but would love to see how Adam's fitness/numbers stack up.
  • 1 0
 My guess would be not even close
  • 1 0
 Kinda hard to compare Adam to the best XC racer on the planet. I mean hell put Nino on an enduro bike and I'm sure he would school him all over the place.
  • 3 0
 Bryn cornering gives me warm fuzzy feelings
  • 2 0
 When is the next video coming out?
  • 3 0
 Good luck Adam.
  • 2 0
 You got it Adam! Just don't overcook it! Privateer for the podium!
  • 2 2
 This series is awesome. Can we get this going for all world cup disciplines?
  • 2 0
 Good luck qualifying!
  • 3 3
 Possibly the worst trainer ever...horrible form allowed on crap exercises that don't help riding worth a damn
  • 3 0
 Yeah the guy who trains Gwin and Rude is the worst trainer ever... Pfff says the PB commenter.
  • 1 0
 That helmet looks like my old martial arts headguard around the ears
  • 1 0
 Well done Adam looking forward to seeing your race.
  • 5 8
 That was a rad days riding! Those turns were unreal!!
  • 3 6
 Love The Privateer. Narrator kinda blows, though.
  • 2 2
 isn't it just the coach?
  • 2 2
 @imho4ep: No idea who the narrator is. He's way too serious, though.
  • 2 2
 The narrator should be a woman.
  • 2 1
 @sarahlh: that would work. I'd also be fine with Ratboy narration.
  • 7 0
 @pinhead907: What about Ratboy doing a woman's voice?
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