Video: 8 Riders vs. The Jump Challenge - Pinkbike Academy Season 2 EP 5

Nov 18, 2021
by Pinkbike Originals  




PINKBIKE ACADEMY
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SEASON 2, EPISODE 5




This time on Pinkbike Academy it's all about managing air time. The remaining eight contestants compete in a two-part challenge that will test their ability to balance send vs. speed.


PREVIOUSLY

Did you miss the previous episodes from Season 2 of Pinkbike Academy? Watch them here.


After this episode, who are you betting on?



Emmett, Flo, and Cameron listen as Jason unveils the day's two challenges.

The first test is a race down Ace of Spades into The Joker.
Alaina struggled in the XC race last episode, but is all smiles about the jump challenges.

This week it's all about managing air time.

Laura keeping it low in the first challenge.
Kyra working on holding speed between jumps on the Air DH course.

The second challenge was all about distance travelled in the air. Emmett gives it his best shot here.

We saw some serious airtime.

How far can you go?

The judges may have gone easy on everyone last week, but this week someone is going home.






Pinkbike Academy Season 2 is available on all of your devices through the Outside app or website, as well as on the Pinkbike YouTube channel.









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184 Comments

  • 211 3
 I have seen Cody at a ton of local races. He has seemed like a solid guy. I recall I once was trying to change a tire. One side was off but the other was just pissing me off badly. Whatever reason I could not get leverage with a tool and could not rip the fu$%er off with my hands. He was walking by, stopped and handled it pretty easily. I think he really helps/supports his sister at races too. The tire was the only time I have talked to him but I think he is a good dude guys.
  • 24 2
 Sucks pinkbike users let the "meme" of pinkbike academy turn into how the producers would want the watchers react to it; a generic reality show. This could easily be "90 Day Fiance" and people would react the same, make the same comments about a person everyone has collectively chosen to throw hate at based on presentation. Need someone for the audience to all collectively talk about, unfortunately that person was Cody. Those that have talked him, even in passing at races know this isn't an accurate representation of him or how hard he pushes himself at races and riding in general.

I have a hard time believing this wasn't edited to fit the needs of the overall show's success, but if I'm wrong I will gladly eat my words and accept that Cody is a huge whiner.

Also, not completely defending him here, the pillow thing was pretty annoying as well as the comments made to a female competitor when he was in no shape to give those comments, but I think at that point it became clear pinkbike had found their own "No Neck Ed".
  • 43 0
 I've had similar experiences with Cody. I raced against him every 2 weeks at Fontana for a long time. He always looked like he was having the most fun and was the head organizer/promoter of the saturday night parking lot rut slalom for the kids.
  • 22 0
 It's so sad how strong people's negative opinions can be of someone from looking through such a tiny window. And then feel the need to type it out.
  • 9 2
 @Jimmy0: Lots of armchair psychologists in this thread
  • 1 0
 @BoobyHill: could be a couple of huge whienrs there.

Soft spot for PB, but hope to see the true talent be pushed out of the box here. There’s a lot of sponsors but we that watch have seen lots of cool sh*t be presented in a real way and pushed through the cat laser eye vortex and made into inspiration….This academy doesn’t seem to be sustainable. Resolve, simple walnuts opinion. Wallllll…lll-nuht….tttts…
  • 15 1
 I’ve ridden with Cody and he’s just not an enduro guy. For starters, he dislikes climbing. Which makes me wonder what he’s doing in this competition that is all about who is the best enduro racer. Combine that with the fact that he’s not one to hide how he really feels and I felt like he was almost predestined to be a fall guy in this reality show.
  • 3 26
flag GAQ (Nov 19, 2021 at 4:29) (Below Threshold)
 seeing him get so tired so quick even though he looks to be in decent shape might be an indication that he has sickle cell anemia.
  • 15 1
 @GAQ: or it just means there is more to fitness than looking thin....
  • 3 17
flag GAQ (Nov 19, 2021 at 8:59) (Below Threshold)
 @Ososmash: thats why i said it might be not that it is. sickle cell anemia is more common in black people. when i was in bootcamp there was a guy that had it. he was lean and in shape and would max push ups and situps on our fitness test. as soon as the we had to run he would be gassed and tired in less than a mile with fatties passing him. He didnt know he had it until he got his entrance physical. sickle cell is a disease affecting the red blodcells. in short there isnt enough HEALTHY red blood sells to effieciently carry O2 the whole body.
  • 12 10
 @GAQ: very weird thing to bring up dude, there's all sorts of diseases that could cause that, he could also just not have great cardio. Vaguely racist statement.
  • 8 8
 @mustbike: numbers arent racist. just type sickle cell into google and it will state the most affected demographic. it was just a theory based on an observation. the high altitude would affect someone with sickle cell more since there is less O2 in higher elevations. it could be why he seems to have a hard time accepting that his performance is not what he is used to or it could be that he has a hard time accepting failure.
  • 4 0
 @GAQ: For years I ate a high protein/ low carb diet and was ripped, but was a wreck when it came to cardio. We really do need lots of carbs over a long period of training to build up glycogen stores and to have strong endurance. This sort of high carb diet will give you mad endurance, but doesn't look as ripped that's for sure.
About 10% of African Americans have the SCA gene so it's certainly a possibility. However it's more likely just diet and training.
  • 3 1
 I'm sure he's a super nice guy, but this is a pro contract, with sponsorship-- investing money into a person. This takes more than being a nice guy. A venture capitalist would crush me if I had a good idea, but I'm full of excuses on execution-- there has, is and will always be unforeseen stuff along the way that overwhelms us. The investors resources are on the line at a person's character, integrity, work ethics, discipline and attitude. So it's not knocking on Cody, but this is simply acknowledging the context of what this is and every bit of unseen hard time is a point to overcome it with all eyes on him. He seemed like a good guy, but just not ready inside to progress forward into an invested career. He can still make the changes and pursue an alternative route.
  • 1 6
flag JTlikesPB (Nov 20, 2021 at 19:04) (Below Threshold)
 @BoobyHill:
Nobody gives a shit about your opinion. Go tell this to your wall
  • 4 0
 @JTlikesPB: this is a PinkBike comment section, I’m way ahead of you here. Happy riding pal
  • 155 3
 I'm wondering whether Cody is literally just a walking complaint/excuse machine or if the show was edited to portray him that way for dramatic effect.
  • 57 2
 Ehhh... Even some of his competitors said his attitude was hurting him.
  • 32 1
 @cgreaseman: Agreed. I feel like you can see how he really acts when you look at the other competitors anytime Cody does something. I think he makes them uncomfortable.
  • 25 25
 So fed up with him, pathetic. Hope this show shows him his attitude stinks.
  • 12 1
 This is so suspicious, I guess they really want the drama, why let someone portray themselves so negatively and need the drama at all.
  • 67 3
 but he almost lost his leg in a long jump competition before.....
  • 35 2
 I think its really hard to chase a dream and get an opportunity and it just not go as you'd hoped. Its easy to judge looking from an outside perspective but a little harder to be objective when you're in the thick of it.
  • 5 0
 he put his attitude higher than his abilities
  • 12 70
flag jamesbrant (Nov 18, 2021 at 13:36) (Below Threshold)
 EVERYONE IS RACIST!!!!
  • 10 0
 @mtbman1980: Even better than that was the long pause after..."hold on, let me think of another excuse for that "
  • 34 0
 @pgomez If I had to wager a guess, it would be that Cody somehow let the camera get to him. What I mean is, some people just can't relax once they know they're being recorded, and they become weird versions of themselves.
  • 16 6
 @jamesbrant: f*ck off. No one unnecessarily brought identity into it until you did.
  • 10 1
 @RADRUBEE: Also going from regional racing to completely out of your element in both terrain and competition. Likely never had that pressure before and melted down. Excuses was just his coping mechanism... Which unfortunately gives a bad impression of him.
  • 9 0
 Cody reminds me of the old Teddy Roosevelt quote “Comparison is the thief of joy”. I wish him luck and hope he keeps at it.
  • 5 4
 @jamesbrant: we are using MLK’s logic, we are judging not by the color of his skin but instead we are judging him off his actions. I would say the same stuff about any person who acted like that.
  • 5 1
 @mtbman1980: keyboard warrior attack! It was legit horrible crash at Snow Summit for a high jump contest, not long jump. I am sure you can find the video it's quite disturbing.
  • 4 5
 @femto505: we have all broken bones it’s wether we choose to do what we love and are passionate about regardless.
  • 2 2
 @femto505: I almost died crashing on a rock face, I still ride rock faces.
  • 3 0
 @femto505: For real that was a nasty crash. It was the way the leg just flops and spins like num-chuks after snapping for me.
  • 2 0
 @mtbman1980: Completely agree, I rode with people where they have their first big hospital injury and call it quits.
  • 10 1
 You can't have applied for PBA and not know what you're getting into. Especially with us clowns in the comment section.

I get that life is happening and reactions to new things (PBA) may not be what we (or the person experiencing) expect. I believe people can change (my wife can attest to that in me) but unless you're full send acting/lying mode, a few weeks is quite a while for most people to not let their real self, in the stage of life they're in, show through. When I look at how the other riders are handling/coping/conducting themselves, Cody just has some mirror work to do I think.

Life is never fair. You don't always have the perfect pillow, sometimes you choose the wrong pants, EWS racing isn't in your San Diego backyard, and if you can overcome nearly losing your leg figure out how to turn that into a positive (ie. "I made the cut for PBA and I gave what I thought was my best") vs a negative (ie. "It's too high here").

I'm probably twice the age of most of those riders and I'm still working on trying to be a better person and work towards positivity. My wife let's me know when I fumble that ball. I was on the NO Cody train (and I still don't want to watch him go any further in this specific scenario) but there's obviously more to the guy, especially if he's out there looking out for other kids and his sister. Hope he finds his way and we see him again in a positive light.
  • 1 2
 @gnarnaimo: that's because you line in VC and have no choice
  • 2 0
 @inside-plus: VC? I don't live in Vancouver. Guessing you either haven't ever ridden in my area or have only gone for the rocky trails. We have endless singletrack dirt trails my friend.
  • 130 1
 Was stoked to watch this episode, but couldn't sleep last night. Too tired from my hoodie shaped pillow.
  • 43 0
 Just say YOLO a few times and you'll be good
  • 8 0
 10/10
  • 11 0
 @proDHracer: don't forget to loosen your pants...
  • 114 2
 Eesh. What an interesting social experiment this is. Cody seems like he has had a rough go on the show. Lots of areas where he will likely watch it and reflect. But man- the shade towards him. You'd think he just jacked up the price of a life saving cancer drug, slapped a baby, or described how vaccines work on Fox News. He hasn't been mean to anyone. He has struggled. I can't imagine what it might feel like to read the anonymous vitriol about him in the comments section. I think for sure it was justified that he went home based on the narrative presented in the show but 100% do not think he deserves to be personally villainized the way he has been. He doesn't seem like a bad guy at all and the level of competition this year seems pretty high. He came, he rode, it was tough for him, he made a lot of excuses, he put himself out there, it didn't go great...and he has to live with that. Let the man be.
  • 13 15
 I don't think he should be villainized, but he should take these comments to heart to some extent. He clearly has an attitude problem.
  • 28 0
 @HB208: I'm assuming you mean well, but the idea of people looking to internet commenters for tips on how to live their life is probably not a good way to go!
  • 10 2
 @MuddyBrit: Yeah, I mean, he went on a public show and publicly complained a lot.
  • 6 0
 Well said. Ultimately the competition was on another level and even they aren't beating the secret pro. It sucks when you think you are at that level and realize you really aren't... I think he has style on a bike, but this series is about racing and he isn't a top level racer at this time. Would love to see him put in the work to get there.
  • 1 0
 Agree!
  • 120 5
 TORI WAS ROBBED
  • 18 45
flag scott-townes (Nov 18, 2021 at 9:28) (Below Threshold)
 LOL its a reality TV bike show. This is so weird and silly how much people care.
  • 64 5
 @scott-townes: Its because they all had a crush on her
  • 17 4
 @rustiegrizwold: I have a crush on Kyra...lol
  • 10 0
 I can't go on without her.
  • 2 5
 @rustiegrizwold: Kylie Jenner? Wha?
  • 4 5
 @scott-townes: Kendall over Kylie, all day long.
  • 38 0
 @ReformedRoadie: Pinkbike gets sold and next thing you know we are talking about the Kardashians
  • 8 0
 @rustiegrizwold: wow. I suddenly feel like Ace Venture when he realized Einhorn was Finkle.
  • 1 1
 big time! Bring her back!
  • 1 1
 @rustiegrizwold: No...

Kardashians 2.0: Kardashians Outside.
  • 1 0
 Buckle up buckaroos
  • 76 0
 BMX Background drinking game anyone?
  • 30 0
 Who has a BMX background? I don't think they've mentioned it yet.
  • 3 0
 @crazyXCsquirrel: it's how they ride and jump.
  • 10 0
 @chickenlassi: every time someone in the show says BMX background it’s time for shots!
  • 7 0
 5 mins in and I know I'm gonna be hammered by the end of it
  • 9 3
 Outside+ members must drink monster hydro.
  • 1 0
 I have a BMX background. How many shots do I take?
  • 3 0
 @reynoldstyle: All of them.
Every last one.
  • 1 0
 @reynoldstyle: I ride BMX more than MTB, how many do I take?
  • 1 0
 This episode it was literarily a 1 liner: "BMX Background!" (dramatic pause) 'nuff said.
  • 55 2
 Thoughts:

- 3 Minutes in and we get Cody complaining about San Diego elevation. Nice job PB editors.
- Has Camerons bike always been that level of hot pink?? It looks especially hot and especially pink this week.
- Props to Laura for not dying. That would have been a gnarly crash. She took the win also! nice.
- Alaina should win the "best style at the elimination challenge" award.
- Cody with the cherry on top with saying "its not fair" after getting the axe.
- Maybe Cody will watch this series back and realize what a butthead he looks like. Maybe we will get some spicy tweets or instagram posts out of him??
  • 50 0
 I looked at Cody’s IG and he has been getting some flack here and there for how he is portrayed in this show which admittedly he seems to be providing an ample amount of raw material for that portrayal and I feel like it’s been backed up by the other competitors reactions to him. Hopefully he will see this and use it as a growing experience. God knows I’d probably die of cringe if somebody recorded my life and I saw how I acted sometimes from others perspectives.
  • 1 0
 @PHX77: What's his handle?
  • 12 0
 @HB208: @rutbanger He's a damn good rider looking at some of the stuff on there. I know I'm a mess when I don't get enough sleep, so maybe it's that (or the editing). Hopefully he's surrounded by some good people that know how to keep him away from the social media comments. It's a bit much imo.
  • 6 0
 @thingswelike: Yeah, he is, but if you want to compete at a pro level, you are not going to have perfect conditions and you are going to have immense competition. You need to be able to have a mindset to deal with it. Complaining about things like elevation is absurd when you want to be on the EWS tour racing in countries like Switzerland.
  • 1 0
 Cody is @rutbanger@HB208:
  • 16 3
 @HB208:

WTF are you talking about? Look at the long list of racers who sucked because they came from sea level:

Sam Hill
Aaron Gwin
Jack Moir
Richie Rude
Martin Maes
  • 5 0
 @WasatchEnduro: someone is going to miss the sarcasm and get really upset. better watch out.
  • 6 0
 @bryannn:

Hope not but it's definitely hit and miss with this audience.

Also I see the Big White trails top out at 7k ft. In San Diego county it looks like you can ride at 3-6k ft pretty easily so not a big difference not to mention the 10k ft peaks everywhere a little further north. No excuse to not be prepared.
  • 1 0
 @PHX77: They would probably catch me getting pissed and throwing my bike into oblivion, because that is something I do regularly. (Mainly just my bmx)
  • 3 0
 @WasatchEnduro: my local dh park is 7k feet at the summit and I never feel a difference when I race up there, but I suck so that probably effects it.
  • 1 0
 @WasatchEnduro: Guessing your referring to Hot Springs mtn. Its on Res land and I’m not sure you can ride there without permission.
To even come close to mimicking the type of riding you’d see at Big White anyone in San Diego would need to hit up Big Bear. Not just for the elevation but also terrain. Its a 2.5-4 hr drive depending on traffic.
If your going to be dedicated to something like Enduro, you move to a better training ground.
  • 3 0
 @SacAssassin:

Valid points but this is such a rare opportunity to compete for a pro contract that if any of the contestants are underprepared that's totally on them. This isn't just some sh*tty competition. It's an insane opportunity that tons of up-and-coming racers would love to have to build their own brand and potentially get full factory support and mix it up with the pros. It's easy to see who's prepared and who's not.

Who's the first rider that pops into your mind when asked who here is pro material. 1-2-3 go.
  • 2 0
 @SacAssassin: There's plenty of good enduro training in San Diego both in elevation and difficulty. No need to drive all the way to Big Bear.
  • 2 0
 @WasatchEnduro: Without a doubt and you proved my last sentence. Think back to the FTP test. Three of the first 4 people were from either SoCal or Mexico.

That said Cody's biggest problem was that he was his own worst enemy.
  • 1 0
 @jessemeyers: Never said there wasn't good training ground, there just isn't any decent elevation in SD. Base of Snow Summit is 7000ft. It makes difference.
  • 3 0
 @HB208: the elevation thing is mental, Big White is barely high enough to start feeling the effect of elevation, and besides I know Cam lives in Vancouver at sea level and I think Emmet lives here in squamish....also at sea level.
  • 2 0
 @SacAssassin: I'm sure it would make a difference but his complaint in the show and your original post seemed to imply that San Diego doesn't have access to training areas for climbing or enduro which I think is incorrect (not to say they couldn't be better). I suspect the real reason he sucks at climbing (relatively) is for the same reason I do, cause it isn't fun so I don't put effort in to train climbing. If it was important to him he could have put laps in at Anderson or Noble instead of complaining about lack of access to climbs.
  • 51 0
 He's out! The comments section can now sleep comfortably at night, on a hoodie-sized pillow..
  • 37 0
 Sad to see him go no one else is going to provide that much entertainment. I couldn't wait to hear what he was going to come out with next. 'Coaching' a female competitor up the climb last week while failing himself was just mind boggling patronising narcism / great shock TV.

And don't get me wrong I can be a dickhead.
  • 3 0
 Could one call it "infuritaining"?
  • 40 0
 Why is this the first I heard of Bradley's BMX background. Vital info.
  • 36 0
 Every time the camera cuts to Bradley sitting in the chair, he looks like the guy that just realized he ate wayy too many edibles.
  • 36 5
 The continued camera shots of the fires are depressing. Combining these shots with the news coming out of BC this week really reaffirms to me how much of a knife edge we are on with the planet. Hope my brothers and sisters, all over the planet, particularly in BC at the moment are holding up!
  • 27 0
 Can't say Cody didn't bring the drama. I mean Emmett hauls A but I'm just not getting enough complaining from him for good TV, i.e. 'my glasses fogged up, etc.'

Also get the feeling that Cody is truly stoked on riding and a genuinely nice & helpful human being, that I don't doubt. Ultimately that's more important than riding a bike the fastest on a reality series, back in the real world.

Must say though, I've been cracking up all week about the guy that wants to be a Pro MTB Racer, but can't sleep in the mountains.
  • 2 0
 ...are we gonna talk about Emmett's cowboy jump then? That was epic. And according to Christina, Kyra is totally Balls to the Walls, eh.
  • 19 0
 Not much chat about Bradley here, but that was a pretty epic downhill run (within half a second of the pro?). Up to now it's looked like Emmett was nailed on, but could he have some real competition?

Interesting to see Kyra's approach/result on that downhill run. If you're looking to show your potential, is it better to push yourself to (and beyond) the edge even though it means higher risk of washing out and losing 10 seconds? For the competition format in this episode, probably not, but maybe it's a better than riding safely within your capabilities if you really want to progress. I really like Kyra's attitude.
  • 3 0
 they seriously glossed over Bradley beating the secret pro on his run, and Emmit last week (yes, he had a stupid penalty , but his actual time was faster).
Maybe the secret pro has a frail ego...
  • 2 0
 @ReformedRoadie: Bradley only beat the pro on the split, not at the finish line. Overall he was 0.3s slower IIRC.
  • 1 0
 @ReformedRoadie: The Outside readers want a PB Academy Fantasy contest where we can pick the winner(s) and select who we think the secret pros are already!
  • 21 0
 This weeks elimination, Pillow fights!

Cody, "Damn it!"
Florencia, "Damn it! I got a free pass!"
  • 1 0
 Yea, what else they gonna think of? Car group navigation exercise without speaking and with the AC off? Or taking IG photos of yourself "Hey Go Pro!"
  • 16 0
 Pinkbike, PBA season 3, no eliminations, just accrued points over the season and the best rider wins. Get away from the reality show template and make it a competition. Not an original idea but its worth repeating because the off bike drama whether real or manufactured isn't great, but the riding is.
  • 1 0
 100% agree. Make it like a true enduro season
  • 1 0
 @TC59: and give each rider a pro mentor to guide them, like in the Hunger Games or one of those singing shows, eh.
  • 15 0
 The format of season 2 is way better than the season 1. Being more bike skill than whatever the first season was.

Flo and Emmet are the ones to beat.

Question to PB. Why is there not proper coaching to help the riders skills. Like other reality sport shows like this, "dancing with has-been stars" or UFC'S TUF series. Next seasons PBA, should have some coaches or at least, guest coaches.
Maybe, then the riders could reverse their bad habits or mental issues.

Thing this season points out, the best equipment only gets you so far, there are levels to rider skills.
Pros are pros for a reason.
  • 1 0
 To only thing anyone could beat Emmet with is a stick. Unless they do it like last year, where the fastest rider didn't actually win, he's got this in his pocket, eh. Go Ben!!
  • 12 1
 Did anybody else see Emmet's accidental boob grab when he went in for the group hug? I bet he can't look Alaina in the eye for a week.
  • 11 0
 If only Cody had a good pillow, and shorts that weren’t too tight, and had time to acclimatize to the altitude....
  • 15 4
 More Addison. I think he has done stellar with the brief moments given on the show.
  • 7 0
 Not here to bitch about Cody. I simply believe he did not have a sufficient self-assessment and found himself in a bunch of riders on a higher level. That is frustrating and explains the jury's confusion. Could he have done better in attitude, probably. But one thing leads to another.
  • 10 0
 Well at least Cody can get back to his pillow...
  • 9 0
 I'm so sick of hearing about the falcon wild peak AT trail tire. Will never buy this tire. Ever.
  • 9 1
 "Very hard to be happy when you're at the bottom."

Great way to look at it Cody.
  • 6 0
 Every sponsor's dream
  • 5 12
flag MicahMTB (Nov 19, 2021 at 1:31) (Below Threshold)
 TBH I'm surprised he isn't more familiar with the bottom... between his over dependence on a pillow and his high pitched voice...
  • 15 5
 #codygotnotrobbed
  • 3 0
 "It's not fair"
  • 8 0
 Woo; sneak-peek onto next week has what looks to be a nasty bail...
  • 8 4
 Between the yoloyoloyoloyolo, complain, excuse, complain, excuse, @rutbanger insta-name, and that choice in short length, I think we can conclude that what we had here was a typical heckboi and I for one am glad the heckboi is gone.
  • 13 0
 calling out his IG handle is a bold move for a guy with @juicebanger for a PB username
  • 2 0
 @TCarl11: shout out to 2007-era Tom Wallisch for coining my username, and thank you for at least noticing my attempt at irony lol
  • 15 7
 pyshical cringe
  • 12 1
 3
"Yolo"
2
"Yolo"
1
"Yolo"

was hard to watch
  • 7 0
 JUST HERE FOR THE COMMENTS .... #YOLO
  • 4 1
 The biggest cringe for me was Emmet calling the referring to the sponsors in the long jump comp. I think if the sponsors want a corporate robot, he could be the man. For me, Brad's attitude and personality wins (the lad can ride too).
  • 5 0
 Is Kyra wearing new Fox helmet? No for real, why is she the only one with TLD helmet?
  • 4 0
 @sunki: my guess is she wears a XS
  • 3 0
 Would have been awesome to see the longjump challenge with a longer roll in. It seemed like it came down to who had the pedallingpower, and not so much, who could switch it on and send it.
  • 3 0
 How is no one talking about emmet being the favorite guy when it comes to post interviews? The guy talked the whole episode about what happened, favorite much?
  • 3 0
 go b-rad kiwi boys got it !!! that who im rooting for yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh boy. also feel bad for cody but did they only put him in for the drama ?
  • 2 0
 I made some comments last week about not seeing much jumping skiill in the womens field. I was wrong. I thought they were all solid. Brad with the bmx background. Who knew !!!
  • 1 0
 Yeah, we're enjoying the PBA in the house here, but can't help to be slightly annoyed at the format, which seems unfair.

How about getting these riders to improve? Bring in great riders desperate for air time, let them coach and build their own fan base that way. Let us other mortals learn from this too. Follow up on the progress. After the training is done, throw them into real-world racing and see how it goes. Drop the elimination, unless they can't keep up or quit themselves.

I imagine the forum would explode, YouTube wannabe-influencers would have a fit, and the contestants would be so much more than just another face on a reality show.

And one season could include at least two real seasons? Train + race.

It would almost be like having a PT and student to follow. I dunno. We'd watch *and* interact as much as possible. Heck, maybe even pay to follow.
  • 2 0
 Im with you, academy doesn't really suit this. An academy would be as you said. Not a competition but somewhere riders can improve with access to all level of coachers. Same as the original priviter series but with more folks.
  • 7 3
 Bout time, go back to crydiego!
  • 4 0
 Events need more long-jump comps.
  • 1 0
 that was pretty cool
  • 2 0
 Should they even be complaining about altitude at 2000m ? , that excuse hasn't worked on my last 2 trips to BC Wink .
Pretty sure its 2400m and above
  • 6 5
 Is it in poor taste to ridicule Cody for crying? Or was it just the smoke from the wildfire? No tears will be shed for Cody in the PB comment section...
  • 2 37
flag jamesbrant (Nov 18, 2021 at 13:41) (Below Threshold)
 RACIST
  • 5 2
 Coupled with some weak weak body positions, this shit is hard to watch...
  • 3 0
 No more excuses…. Later dude.
  • 3 0
 Well comment section should get a lot smaller after this week.
  • 2 0
 12:35 - 12:37 cracks me up, it's so characteristically German to include that little detail.
  • 1 0
 I must be the only one there does not like the TV show format of this thing...It is impossible to me to watch till the end,too much for me.
  • 5 3
 Well at least I won't have to hear Cody complaining anymore.
  • 3 33
flag jamesbrant (Nov 18, 2021 at 13:41) (Below Threshold)
 RACIST
  • 4 1
 Thank christ for that.
  • 1 2
 I love pink bike!
But was relieved that Cody was eliminated. Thank goodness I didn’t have to watch this show anymore! I wish Mark Wallace was on longer.
ps. Good luck Cody in your future opportunities!
  • 2 0
 give them dirt jumpers. lets see how they do.
  • 3 1
 It’s really cool to have Addison back!
  • 1 0
 The challenges this year are so much better than last year. Riding challenges instead of mechanic challenges. No brainer.
  • 3 1
 You can tell no one wanted him there. He's a downer see ya later bud
  • 3 2
 Kyra is a good rider but c'mon every single time she's on the bike she's washing out or crashing...
  • 2 0
 Hopefully we see a Slope/freestyle Academy!
  • 1 0
 Can only really judge the jumps but they all look average at best. Kinda disappointing.
  • 2 0
 Flo doesn't do low.
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 Cody was cringe to watch. I just hope that its bad editing and not his real self (unlikely).

They did a great job in ensuring a diverse field thats for sure but cody is no elliot jackson.

The gent from south America was a lovely guy too but that really didn’t highlight the talent available there. Him and cody we so so so unfit compared to the rest of the competition. Is it possible to be that unfit when competing at that level?
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 Mexico is North America
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 @phalley: i thought he said he was south american. I didnt realise he was mexican. Either way, he was quite unfit compared to the rest of the men. Not sure what criteria they use to choose the athletes. He was clearly skilled on a bike but its enduro racing.
  • 2 1
 YOLO YOLO YOLO YOLO Yeah right... Bye bye!
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 I love the high tech measuring practice we got going on for the long jump
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 A few times it also looked like the flags were in the landing area when they jumped. That seems sketchy but could also just been the angle. Also found it odd that distance was not metric
  • 2 1
 “Managing air time” is the least sexy sentence in mtb ever
  • 1 0
 Cody will just grow stronger from this as a person and rider....
  • 1 0
 Kyra is balls to the walls
  • 1 0
 Get your own BMX background now! at www.unsplash.com
  • 1 0
 Just her for the excuses
  • 2 1
 5 Episodes too late.
  • 2 1
 I 3 Flo!
  • 2 4
 What is PB's motivation for having a competitor like Cody on the show?
  • 6 0
 reality tv, to make people talk and interact since the terrible show continues its horrid platform
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 diversity
  • 9 1
 There’s no denying his fitness isn’t where it needs to be for enduro racing and he has some work to do on his mental game, but the dude is seriously skilled. He’s got awesome cornering skills (he beat everyone else in the Slalom) and has been on quite a few crankworx live feeds for dual and pumptrack events.
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