Video: Cathrovision - Practice Vallnord DH World Cup 2018

Jul 13, 2018
by Pinkbike Staff  

Poor B practice gets the worst conditions. Slick and wild.

Credit: Ben Cathro

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38 Comments

  • + 47
 I only started hearing about Ben's videos this season when Pinkbike started showing them, but I'm already a huge fan. Been taking some of the track and riding tips from the WC vids and applying them to my own trail riding and already seeing little bits of improvement here and there. Really appreciate all the work Ben, keep it up!
  • + 8
 Its worth watching his back catalogue of bids on his YouTube site to pick up even more info.
  • + 1
 Love these videos, very down to earth and insightful.
  • + 3
 Give him a donation on his patreon channel. Best way to show appreciation!
  • + 2
 Subliminal message is Childish Gambino's This is America on loop. Love this track! Nice work Blenki!
  • + 1
 I've had coaching from Ben for trails riding and DH (on Ft Bill) and had massive improvement. Great coach / teacher and all round great guy!
  • + 19
 Its crazy watching the b practice "squids" struggle and then realizing that they would destroy pretty much everyone on pinkbike but such a long way...
  • + 13
 Wet wooden bridges have bitten many a rider, and I always wanted to see inside a scram crank arm. Thanks
  • + 5
 I love watching these videos because you can really get a sense of just how hard this course really is. When you see the Pros come flying through that stuff just dancing off the top of the rocks it looks easy. But when you see real riders actually struggling with sections it puts it into perspective. One cool thing I experienced was seeing the top level WC riders race on my local mountain, Mountain Creek, at the PRO GRT. When you see these guys rip the same trails you ride it makes you realize just how good they are. They fly through certain sections on lines and at speeds I would never consider. Sections of certain rock gardens that I slowly pick my way through the Pros would just blast down riding on the tops of the rocks. It was really cool.
  • + 8
 That poor girl got fuckin worked, glad she seems to be alright! gonna be a killer race
  • + 3
 I was watching it at my desk during my lunch break and had to explain my random outburst of "oooohhhhhh" to the rest of the office. That looked vile. Clipped in to the end too.
  • + 0
 Mille Johnset? I thought the cracking was her collar bones.
  • + 2
 that was super brutal, can't believe she was walking away
  • + 5
 Bed, this was one of the best episodes so far! I loved the good mix of riding advice, riders banter and overall good info!
  • + 2
 Ben*, sorry.
  • + 5
 They should probably do something about those silly rubber mats on the bridges and go with chicken wire instead.
  • + 1
 Chicken wire doesn't work much better, they could lay plywood down on the base and a foot high on the sides and fill it in with dirt.
  • + 2
 hey Ben, i'd love to hit like on your vids, but i don't do no fookin facebook. your commentary is the best. really appreciated. can i buy those cathrovision stickers. do you have any other swag for sale. we need to know
  • + 1
 You can subscribe to his channel on youtube and like his videos there (if you have a youtube account).
  • + 1
 @iamamodel: yeah man, i know, done that. i like stickers, want some of those cathrovision decals for the wall. thanks though
  • + 1
 So we got too wait till tomorrow for A practice?
Also how come everyone asks if a crashed rider is OK, before the rider has a chance too know if they are OK?
  • + 6
 I flag on a MX track, so I see a lot of crashes. You still get useful information to assess the severity and type of injury. No response, not moving = its bad. No response, moving - might be bad, might not. "I'm not sure" = likely not severe. "Yup" or a string of profanities but standing up = not much to worry about besides keeping the track clear.
  • + 1
 Fantastic footage and great insight into riding techniques, always good to get a fresh reminder on how to ride from the pros
  • + 1
 Blenki is an absolute badass. Subliminal message is Childish Gambino's This is America on loop. Thank you. Love this track.
  • + 2
 Best ting on Pinkbike this year. Keep it up Ben!
  • + 1
 Why does he think hes allowed to park his van in the middle of the street??
  • + 1
 Great training video for youngsters and adults alike.
  • + 1
 Nice change from the usual wacky bro try hards.
  • + 2
 Cathro is killing it!!!
  • + 1
 Sick video, laid back but informative! Keep em coming
  • + 1
 Should've called this 'fundamentals'. well good
  • + 1
 How is this dude not employed by Redbull by now?
  • + 1
 Vimeo so I can pretend I'm working at my desk
  • + 1
 Seriously!
  • + 1
 Great as usual, good takes, good information, good interviews. Cheers
  • + 1
 Good stuff Ben! Cheers
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