Video: Elbow Grease - Pinkbike Academy Season 3 EP 1

Nov 1, 2022
by Pinkbike Originals  

PINKBIKE ACADEMY


10 Riders. 1 Pro Contract.




Episode 1: Elbow Grease

10 of the world’s best amateur riders arrive in Big White, British Columbia, and discover their new home: the Pinkbike Academy House.

After being greeted by the hosts and judges, the contestants are presented their custom painted, 2022 Orbea Rallon, which has been spec’d out by our sponsors. The athletes’ first challenge? To display their mechanical prowess by fixing a litany of unknown mechanical problems on their bikes, all while racing against the clock.Who will gain an early advantage and who will fall behind in the first episode of Pinkbike Academy Season 3?













Episodes 1, 2, & 3 of Pinkbike Academy Season 3 are available now.

The rest of the season will drop weekly on Tuesdays at 10am PST.


Pinkbike Academy Season 3 is available for FREE on Outside Watch or the Pinkbike YouTube channel.






Huge thanks to the brands who made this show possible!
Orbea, Shimano, Fox Racing, Maxxis, Outside, Garmin, Big White, Stans, Insta 360, MRP, Funn, Ride Concepts, SDG, North Shore Racks, ODI, Rimpact, and Squirt.



112 Comments

  • 169 22
 "We heard your feedback about autoplay videos in our articles. So we decided to add it to the front page!" -PB staff probably.
  • 37 4
 I don't understand the down votes, this is more annoying than autoplay in articles
  • 16 1
 I can only handle so much autoplay at once...to play devils advocate...it falsely inflates their metrics which is probably a good thing overall (at least in the short term) and will get the mothership to invest more in content here.
  • 5 1
 Interesting. My vote score was +2-10 in the first 20 minutes, then switched to what it is now.
  • 15 1
 The autoplay I can live with. Its the video player that is larger than my monitor that gets me. If I hit full screen and the video shrinks someone fcked it up
  • 3 0
 Plus the player is way too big and I can't make it smaller. As dazzling as Tarmo's green eyes are, I don't need them to be that close.
  • 2 0
 Use an ad blocker - for example AdGuard extension in iOS for Safari will block this video and any ads on the page. You can select which blocks you want to delete. I get rid of the annoying animated gifs on the right side.
  • 4 0
 @DizzyNinja: Some people are downers and that cant be helped.
  • 2 0
 Would have been a "true" test of bush mechanics to replace the actual broken link, and insert a tube into a tire full of thorns!
Having only a janky multi-tool and the bike flipped upside down damit!
  • 81 0
 I like how Addison successfully leveraged his season one appearance into a mechanic gig. Good on him.
  • 19 0
 Addison was by far my favorite s1 contestant so I'm glad he got something out of it
  • 6 5
 @Supergirl56: ADDISONZAWANDA say he's ADDISONZAWDADA you gotta say it one word
  • 65 0
 I'm callin' it now. Gymnastics background is the new BMX background. Get your drinks ready.
  • 45 0
 Pretty sure it's moto background now.
  • 9 0
 @pisgahgnar: or motonastics
  • 40 0
 wooooooow! finally! hope you enjoy it!
  • 5 0
 Grande Ares
  • 23 1
 This is way more hype than the first 2 seasons. I'm actually really looking forward to the next episodes.
  • 16 0
 Really looking forward to this. Interesting to see there will be a bit more focus on the personality / social aspects this time. That was a big shift from season 1 to season 2, and it looks like the pendulum is swinging back a little. Can't blame Orbea for that, I guess they get a lot more exposure from a rider who can work that social angle as well as being fast.
  • 19 0
 Cody from season two would have thrived with all those pillows.
  • 1 0
 I really hope there are a few hoody sized pillow quotes from this season!
  • 18 3
 I wish that they would have maybe 1-3 wildcard riders, bunch of these people are quite good, would be cool to see, just get a average joe that rides some pos 10-20 year old bike and just sends it in a t shirt and jeans.
  • 15 0
 “Welcome t-**commercial break**-o season th-**commercial break**-ree of Pinkbike Academ-**commercial break**-y! **long commercial break**”

Does my TV just hate me or did everyone experience this?
  • 8 3
 Nope. YouTube plus.
  • 1 0
 @wobblegoblin: dang. If I didn’t hate YouTube with a burning passion I’d almost be willing to pay for that luxury. But seriously it was like every three minutes! So disruptive!
  • 3 8
flag wobblegoblin (Nov 2, 2022 at 16:16) (Below Threshold)
 @ridebikesyall: what’s to hate about YouTube, besides kicking off people for questioning the side effects of Covid gene therapy?
  • 15 1
 there better be a Slope-Enduro-Cross Challenge...head to head with Cam McCaul!!!
  • 13 0
 Absolutely crazy to see the progression of riders this season versus prior seasons. Competition is heating up!!!
  • 14 0
 F*CKINBERGER
  • 1 0
 was wondering who would point that out
  • 1 0
 @saladdodger: most americans probably
  • 12 1
 I literally fell via the EXACT same fucking tree branch that Brody did. Absolutely brutal, he got it way worst than I did, probably because he was going faster!
  • 9 7
 Worse, not "worst."
  • 1 0
 nice
  • 3 0
 Don’t worry, we went and cut the branch off the next day hahaha
  • 12 0
 Literally here for the bmx backgrounds
  • 19 0
 BMX background is 2021. It's gymnastics background now, get with it.
  • 15 1
 Two words: Motocross Background
  • 4 0
 Running background.
  • 3 0
 Background backgrounds FTW!
  • 3 0
 I'm here for it
  • 11 0
 I know that editing can do some things, but that on-bike footage of Tarvo at 11:12 was freakin' bonkers, was so fast.
  • 10 1
 Why didn’t they replace the injured woman rider with another woman rider?

Not a knock against Brody just think it’s more entertaining with equal representation.
  • 5 6
 Because it’s a guys turn to win this year.
  • 3 6
 @wobblegoblin: I think it will be a girl again and probably Amanda too.
  • 4 0
 Fair question. Probably logistics and they had to fine another contestant local to keep filming schedule.
  • 26 1
 I think I’m aloud to say this. But basically there was one extra Male (me) and one extra female. The contestant and the extra both were hurt, and that’s why I was the last resort!
  • 5 0
 Because they told me the day before leaving that I can’t compete (which was the right decision). They needed someone from Canada who doesn’t need a visa and who was available, like now.
  • 10 1
 lol anybody noticed how the girls sleep in a dark room in bunk beds, while the boys have luxury twin beds with fluffy down covers? ^^
  • 2 2
 ...but the guys pillows are all jacked so 60% of the field will have to pull themselves up by their shoelaces and overcome.

I also suspect the women's shorts will have an uneven hem or detached belt loop to even the odds.

It's not bmx...it's not gymnastics...it's Pillows vs Pantaloons.
  • 10 0
 Good to see addison back!
  • 3 7
flag owl-X (Nov 1, 2022 at 11:16) (Below Threshold)
 ADDISONZAWNADA
  • 1 0
 @owl-X: your spelling is nada
  • 10 0
 "Welcome to the Big White Lotus"
  • 9 0
 Can't wait till Cam shows them how to vlog!
  • 9 0
 so a moto background is the new bmx background?
  • 26 0
 yo you gotta get a new account name now. I just so happen to be squatting on motobackground69 and I'll sell it to you for $10. pinkbike buysell, hmu.
  • 10 0
 You know who had a BMX race background and was dreaming of becoming a pro motocross racer but the whole thing got derailed by becoming an actual rock star instead? Slash, the lead guitarist of Guns and Roses. He talked about it in an interview, mentioning he had a PK Ripper. It turned out the interviewer had also owned a PK Ripper so and you could hear both of them going to some effort to not have the interview just descend into a whole BMX discussion. I heard this on the radio while driving down from Whistler so would have been so up for that.
  • 1 0
 @The-Foiling-Optimist: he discusses it the podcast Conan O’Brein Needs a Friend. I knew he was into bmx but no idea he wanted to race professional as a kid
  • 2 1
 Yup! Just ask Vanilla Ice.
  • 9 0
 This is my first time watching this series. Where's Puck?
  • 8 0
 Max Grayston looks like a young Jens Voigt.
  • 3 0
 Shut up, legs!
  • 1 0
 Or Greg Minnaar
  • 5 0
 You have to give it to the guy “fockenburger”, imagine the sportscaster shouts of triumph !
  • 6 3
 Wondering why @pinkbike didnt launch 1 episode per week instead of 3 episodes at once? My family quite likes the anticipation!
  • 22 1
 We wanted to get everyone into the season with the first 3 episodes. We'll be releasing one per week on Tuesdays at 10am until the finale on December 20th!
  • 4 14
flag chriskneeland (Nov 1, 2022 at 14:05) (Below Threshold)
 @brianpark: Why not on youtube? I like to watch it on the big screen.
  • 10 0
 @chriskneeland: did you look on Youtube before you posted? All signs point to no.
  • 1 1
 @stevemokan: I usually just come here, hit the youtube player. This isn't the youtube player. Figured Outside moved it to their servers. I'm more surprised it's still on youtube.
  • 4 0
 That was fun to watch! Also, I really want to go ride now!
  • 2 0
 I really liked the first two seasons. I really hope this doesn't become some sort of BigBrother or Real World type of show with the big house and hot tub and what not.
  • 1 0
 Yep - the production has slipped. Keep it real - less US style hype. But more product placement please.
  • 1 1
 Hey @brianpark I watched this last night work my wife (my usual riding partner) and we couldn't help but notice the contestant selection seemed . . . Weird.

Like Amanda, who we born liked, and we're both happy she didn't get canned but just truly has no business being in this competition.
Or Max, who wants to be a pro, but hasn't ever done a single race?

For the love of jank can we please choose better contestants. As my wife said, (who is not snarky) "ten riders, not sure about the 'best' part'."
And the huge focus on the injury and hardship of that seemed really over played.


We watched all three episode but overall found it fairly disappointing. I am truly not sure we'll tune in again based on the episode we watched.
  • 10 7
 Cool seeing Katie hosting!
  • 2 0
 Of all the trampoline chicks clips they chose a 1 second clip of her crotch. Nice work PB.
  • 3 0
 You guys are killing me with the autoplay.
  • 15 14
 Who else's heart sank when they saw insta360 as a sponsor? Whoohoo, shaky poor quality pov footage..
  • 1 0
 Yeah, so terrible. I know they can do some good stuff, but on the chest is pretty terrible.
  • 2 1
 Straight after intro I can say Timmy F. Is is my favourite based on the name
  • 5 4
 can’t imagine that garage opening and seeing a mrp fork on my bike. bummer
  • 3 0
 BRITT FALCONER FOR PREZ
  • 3 1
 Wow, quite a diverse cast this season...
  • 26 26
 Before posting your negative comment can you please post up your most entertaining video project?
  • 40 17
 Because the world can no longer handle opinions that aren't puppies and rainbows?

Feel free to have and share your opinions people. You don't need to be a film maker to be able to have a relevant perspective of an entertainment piece.
  • 14 0
 Bachelor in Paradise. Boom Mic Operator. Season 1 - 3. I know quality TV.
  • 10 0
 @SoftSoilSampler: thank you for your service.
  • 5 5
 @thisdudenz: I said please.
  • 8 1
 While I don't have the corporate sponsorship etc of Outside, the below video of my friend reviewing his VHS cassette recorder collection is vastly more entertaining than this painfully bland, excruciatingly cheesy bro-fest.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnxxkrXvQko
  • 2 2
 @SoftSoilSampler: one of the best tv shows of all time.
  • 6 3
 @wobblegoblin: please eff off. I said please, that makes it ok right?
  • 1 1
 @thisdudenz: well said
  • 1 0
 @jclnv: killed it
  • 1 0
 The intro song is still about chicken!!!
  • 2 0
 LMAO.. had to think about that for a bit
  • 1 0
 Do all Pinkbike academy attendees get free access to Outside +?
  • 1 0
 And let us edit for goodness sake!
  • 1 0
 stoked to see Cam and Katie hosting, but still miss Christina
  • 1 0
 okay she's still there, lol
  • 1 0
 Did France get a new flag?
  • 1 1
 Looool Elliot is doing a Jul sign, idk if i should cry or laugh.
  • 2 0
 Ahahaha glad you noticed, he is my hero
  • 1 0
 @Elliot199: Nice one, I think you spent too much time in France hahaha
  • 2 0
 @Ba1rog: ahaha yeah i think so too , hope it made you laugh bro
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