Video: Ben Cathro's Snowshoe World Cup Race Run POV

Sep 20, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  

bigquotesThe final day of racing in Snowshoe after 6 days of getting beaten up by this rough track. I tried, I nearly died, it was fun.Ben Cathro



71 Comments

  • 150 1
 The winner in our hearts! Without those two bobbles maybe even the winner in real life! Taking us inside the tape yet again, and showing us just how small the margins for error really are. Cheers to ya Ben, already looking forward to next season!
  • 5 0
 I'm just amazed that Ben has the nerve to race competitively in WC races AND put out quality content. I don't think I could do both... Well, I couldn't do either by themselves so certainly not both.
  • 98 0
 As if he needed any more credibility, it is such a treat to get so many videos for free from Ben, a World Cup racer, showing us the inside info on the racing scene, and giving us videos to improve our own riding and experiences. Thanks so much for what you do for the sport Ben! What a beast.
  • 43 0
 Put down a scorcher Ben and pulled off a couple of sweet saves. What a come back! All that line analysis helped!
  • 40 0
 This guy deserves all the support in the world!
I was at Snowshoe for the second half and had a short conversation with the dude. What a solid guy! Kicking ass with minimal support, then doing his video blog when he can barely stand..
What a great venue.. I’ve been going to all kinds of racing events since the 80’s, and there’s nothing as accessible as this event.
Literally bumping into the world’s best just walking through the pits! Pros stopping along the track to socialize with each other.. Like stepping into the life of a professional racer. Fantastic.
And it never rained!
  • 22 0
 Well done. Very impressive. What a track indeed, and the public was on fire! Still hard to believe that Pompon slipped in that stupid flat corner
  • 21 0
 Not bad Cathro, not bad at all! I was watching thinking 'I wonder when the part of 'almost dying' will happ... Oh, there it is!' :-)

Frustrating moment before the wooden bridge, top 20 without that? Crack on!
  • 22 0
 You know you’re going fast when you get the Doppler effect passing the cowbells!!
  • 4 0
 That part of the video got the physicist in me grinning. The mountain biker already was so, double grin!
  • 14 0
 Pinkbike world cup team with Mr Ben please
  • 3 0
 PinkHelmet Factory Racing
  • 13 0
 The crowd is F'n awesome!
  • 6 0
 we do our best to get rowdy when the boys come to town. absolutely wild watching em smash the same trails we ride.
  • 1 0
 Amazing crowd
  • 12 0
 Great crowd!
  • 6 0
 I cant imagine the energy it took to do these videos, practice, bike prep, more videos, more practice, and race... Good on ya!
The inside the line vids have really stepped up with you having first hand, detailed experience on the track. Really hope PB is seeing this and the all support from the fans! We want this to continue into 22'. Maybe some more vid help, and pit help so you can focus on the riding and being in front of the camera for the analysis? Cheers and happy off season. Looking forward to 22' already.
  • 9 1
 Ben, I know you're reading the comments! Your race runs this weekend were among the highlights! Cheers!
  • 10 0
 people's champion 2021
  • 9 0
 what a ride
  • 8 0
 2:45 i thought ye where down, great save, well done
  • 6 0
 I don't know what sort of metrics PB tracks but here's a comment to say MORE CATHRO! Great season Ben, enjoyed every minute of it, thanks for sharing with us!
  • 4 0
 That crowd was fvcking incredible!!!!! Loved the Doppler Effect on the cowbell at 3:15.

Well done Ben - you've done what 99.8% percent of us can only dream of!
  • 3 0
 Top man Ben. Just fantastic to see this. A huge thanks for all you do for mountain biking (and for Pinkbike giving us the access). Hope to see you live at Fort Bill next season.
  • 5 0
 Pinkbike needs to take that Outside cash to go racing and Cathro needs to be on the team.
  • 1 0
 Wow! When your front wheel almost tucked coming out of the rock garden and then that huge push in the last corner, scary! Great your stayed up and finished the run! Hope we get to see you racing more next year and on the live broadcast!!!
  • 1 0
 Watching that kind of POV is terrifying even when it's a replay and you know the rider isn't going to crash.

Question on technique: I've been working on my technique to be more "heavy feet, light hands," which has been great for reducing arm pump. I've seen a few DH riders saying how tired their arms are toward the end of a WC run, and I'm wondering when is the stage when "light hands" just won't cut it any more? Is it to do with having a different riding position? Or a defensive mode when you're slamming into big rocks on the trail? More to do with your terrain, or to do with going faster? Just curious
  • 3 0
 Watch bens videos on YouTube. If you are just doing light hands heavy feet the whole time you're gonna be a passenger
  • 2 0
 Depends on your definition of what light hands is really. I keep my hands pretty light through the more direct rough stuff but when I need to change direction or have full control over the bike I put light weight into my palms. Main reason for my arms getting cooked is from grip strength fatigue from holding on tight. On a lot of tracks whenever things mellow out ideally you want to centre your weight so you can relax the grip in the bars to stop them from getting too pumped. Some tracks like the lower section of snowshoe have no chill so the arms get fried.
  • 1 0
 @ben-cathro: Thanks for the response Ben! I'm thinking it's pretty unlikely I'll be going down Snowshoe at 50km/h any time soon, so I'll keep it on the lighter side Smile
  • 1 0
 this is seriously amazing. I am so stoked to see Ben getting back in the saddle on this grind its no doubt the most amazing thing in a while aside from the horrible injuries and recovery this year. HUGE FRICKEN PROPS BEN!!! SO FRICKEN COOL
  • 2 0
 Considering how that track absolutely wrecked the best riders/equipment in the world, Ben's performance is nothing less that astonishing. Great job, you're the real deal!
  • 2 0
 SANS ENVE
  • 2 0
 The first bobble must have cost a second or two and the second easily 2 or 3? Speed is clearly there for a great result, fingers crossed for next season!
  • 1 0
 Well done Ben. 2022 is gonna be good to you hopefully. I see you have entered Glenshee next weekend. It's gonna be interesting, snowshoe to Glenshee. Don't get more contrasting than that.
  • 2 0
 It’s impossible not to love this guy. Humble, sincere, a true sportsman and a great example of who our younger generation should be looking up too. Great job Ben.
  • 1 0
 I’d love to see the POV video of Bruni’s run! This looks insanely fast, but if you look at the splits Ben was at least 4 sec back before he “nearly died”. These guys are incredible.
  • 4 0
 My absolute hero.
  • 2 0
 Damn that was awesome. Well done! I'm curious, is the front end diving or is he just squashing everything?
  • 2 0
 Squashing
  • 4 0
 Way to not die a 2:45.
  • 1 0
 Ok PinkBike we know you read the comments. The people want more BEN!! Ben, you crushed it man so good to see out there racing!
  • 3 0
 Nice one Ben!
  • 1 0
 Well done Cathy, you've taken over from Claudio, make us Scot's all even more proud
  • 1 0
 A French Scot? Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Cathy come home
  • 2 0
 @yoobee: yes im a Scot living in France
  • 1 0
 Yeah Ben ripped the beginning of that run! Prob would have been top 10 if he could have put it all together!
  • 1 0
 this run has a couple entries for the sundays saves great job Ben! what a speed and control
  • 1 0
 Hey Ben thanks for letting us tag along again, it is really appreciated. PinkBike please throw him some sponsorship !
  • 1 0
 felt like my head was going in another universe watching that very quick and what a save congrats!!
  • 2 0
 If I could make some line suggestions.......
  • 1 0
 Man, now that Tony Cairoli retired from motocross racing, you're officially my new hero!
  • 1 1
 Now that Minnaar is World Champ (again) all the hipsters are claiming old man status. "Look at me, Ben Cathro, I was old before I was born!"
  • 1 0
 Great support from the yanks. almost like its the home of MTB or something Smile
  • 1 0
 Great job! Thanks for sharing your journey with us.
  • 1 0
 F... great job, crazy fast run, thx You bring the hope to da people
  • 1 0
 Insanely fast there. A clean run would have been pushing top ten!
  • 1 0
 lol @ "Old man" in the title Ben C. That was trucking fast!
  • 1 0
 Keep going Ben! Amazing ride, amazing videos.
  • 1 0
 That was impressive, wouaah.
  • 1 0
 Cathro really f*cking fast... and great crowd all the way down.
  • 1 0
 Always keep the "nearly"! We want to see this for a long time!
  • 1 0
 We need more cathrovision!!!!!
  • 1 0
 good luck at Glenshee, Ben!
  • 1 0
 Rider for the people. Ben is the man!
  • 1 0
 Can we ghost this over the top of the winning run please
  • 1 0
 Can we bring back privateer with Ben next season?!
  • 1 0
 Join outside+ .
Membership fees go towards Ben's sponsorship.
  • 1 0
 Drone POV ? ...or maybe is he flying ?
  • 1 0
 n°1 fan
  • 1 0
 Brilliant!

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