Video: Getting Back To World Cup DH Racing - The Privateer: Walk The Talk Episode 6

Nov 3, 2020
by Pinkbike Originals  



After a horrible injury, Ben Cathro has rehabbed himself well enough to ride but is he well enough to race? Join Ben at the first round of the 2020 World Cup DH season in Maribor.

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  • 221 1
 "even after Cathro crash this series is better than pinkbike academy" change my mind
  • 65 1
 It's not even in the same league.
  • 99 0
 I'd rather watch a series about Cathro playing golf instead of pinkbike academy
  • 97 2
 It definitely is is, but PB academy is exactly the type of content that the Pinkbike commenters deserve
  • 63 0
 that social media academy episode was the opposite of what biking is about, and this episode of the privateer is exactly what racing bikes is all about
  • 31 1
 Please dont compare the two. Pinkbike academy is a stain on our sport...
  • 22 1
 @phops: "...PB academy is exactly the type of content that the Pinkbike commenters deserve"

@brianpark @mikelevy we got a Comment Gold contender here! (Subjective of course but this comment made me lol hard!)
  • 3 0
 @joshroppo: Also laughed. Great comment.
  • 2 0
 @phops: truer words
  • 8 0
 They got so wrapped up in if they COULD do PBA, that they never stopped to think if they SHOULD.
  • 1 0
 @poleczechy: the idea is great, execution is a bit off.i thought it was going to be ten people get a mouth of full factory support and whoever is the best gets a contct.
  • 126 1
 How awesome is it that Ben (and the sponsors) filmed this... then Jamie Edmonson becomes the cinderella story of the final race? Fortune favors the brave... way to go and try to make something out of nothing, Cathro. I think this series may have ended up better than it would have if it had all gone "according to plan."
  • 44 1
 The "walk the talk privateer team"... Ben leads a team of two or three actual privateers that change each round for next year's series?
  • 3 3
 @kcy4130: at what point do they stop being privateers?
  • 10 0
 @alexdeich: when they sign a contract with a team
  • 5 0
 @alexdeich: Pretty damn soon I'd think.
  • 5 0
 Spot on man! I cannot wait to see the next episode as Jamie sits on the hot seat for all but the last three riders!
  • 71 0
 Man this is so sick... no egos, no overly hyped production *cough academy cough* just a community of people who are stoked on riding and racing. Privateer Nation!
  • 65 0
 Ben would make a brilliant team manager. Get your own team together Ben, I heard of a guy called Danny, pretty good at riding DH, he might be available.
  • 13 0
 100% seems more cut out for this
  • 4 0
 Ben has run a team for a good few years now with his riders now in WC teams and racing world cups as privateers. To think that Ben used to race for Cut media, who now shoot Danny Mac! Now Ben shoots videos and a rider he just shot got a WC podium at the weekend...
  • 1 0
 @betsie: yeah he has his Sick Skills DH team, he had a couple of juniors with him up until recently
  • 1 0
 @johnnyboy11000: Yeh, I know, parked things this year for the WC effort. From a few years ago I know Henry and George well.
  • 56 0
 Jamie Edmondson's dad asking for a team to sponsor Jamie.... I'm pretty sure that won't be a problem for next year!
  • 19 0
 Man I sure hope so. Props to his dad for keeping things going, that's not easy.
  • 52 0
 Ben, pinkbike and your sponsors, this is superb. Biking is expensive and it's really heartwarming to see you guys reaching out the privateers. What a great way to the make the most of your situation Ben. Cheers!!
  • 33 0
 Major props to Ben Cathro for helping out the privateers!!!!
  • 3 0
 We need a series where Ben goes to WC and just runs a privateer tent and helps everyone who needs help
  • 25 0
 A manufacturer could build a proper team around Cathro.
  • 24 0
 Once again, best content on PB this week...and the week is not over. Done. That's my story and I'm stick'n to it.
  • 9 0
 well considering the only scheduled content coming is jersey north shore it's gonna be hard to top ben
  • 16 0
 Awesome! Hyped for the next episode when Edmonson gets on the box!!
  • 14 0
 Ooookay...great vid etc, etc. WAS THAT CORN ON THE PIZZA!?!?!?!!!!?!? Can't be...19:48
  • 12 0
 @howsyourdad: the two Swedish guys..they sound very Australian don't they?
  • 5 0
 Sweetcorn? Absolutely, completely allowed. Especially with chicken and red onion - Ruspante at our local.
  • 4 0
 @howsyourdad: sweet baby Jesus tho that is definitely not allowed
  • 2 1
 @oskimtb: yeah nah meatballs eh
  • 1 0
 @howsyourdad: please no
  • 1 0
 No pizza shops in Canada do sweetcorn on pizzas. I had to ask my local to keep a tin for me
  • 1 0
 @samhillseyebrows: Pretty sure Panago had a Mexican pizza with corn on it. Was a great pie too.
  • 1 0

Yep ! They may be living in Sweden , but you only get an accent like that in Australian schools .
  • 1 0
 @oskimtb: they do , but that's cool, I'm British, two more members for my cricket team
  • 8 0
 Man it'd be super cool if pinkbike setup something like the mavic neutral service veichles but for world cups. I can't imagine how many privateers have missed their shot just due to a mechanical that they don't have the parts to fix.
  • 6 0
 Great video and a testament to the man that everyone at the SDA's has known for years. I wonder if Ben played any part in Jamie doing so well, even just those old wise words. Well done to Jamie, spending your summer digging jumps and riding the new trail at Glenlivet has paid off for you, keeping you grounded and chilled and as a result... fast and level headed.
  • 6 0
 This behind the scenes look at racing is really neat! Great editing and storytelling all around! As Ben said, major props to all the sponsors for continuing to support the project, and really looking forward to the final race weekend's episode!!!
  • 3 0
 We can be friends
  • 8 0
 Fantastic Pinkbike - what a story. Long may Cathro and this series continue.
  • 5 0
 This was such an excellent episode. Pinkbike please please please set Ben to support privateers at WC as he did this time. It wouldnt be a lot of cash but it would get you guys a lot of respect. Privateers getting soaked in the rain while the big teams relax on sofas under huge awnings isnt cool. Cathro's Privateer community support is a brilliant move.
  • 8 0
 Cathro should run a privateer WC team, and race himself!
  • 6 0
 “..scrambling ti find a positive outcome..” Dude this was so great, you guys nailed it.
  • 2 0
 Can anyone tell me the background of the Zwar boys now riding under the swedish fed/flag?

I'm presuming dual citizens and they are getting some assistance?

I mean their main sponsor is one of Aus's biggest distributers (Lusty) and short of saying C&*t, their accents are no doubt true blue Aussies.

Step up MTBA, Aus Cycling or whatever your name is this week! Give these lads some help.
  • 4 0
 What an incredible series!!!! Thank you Ben! Thank you Max! Thank you PinkBike! Thank you to all the other sponsors! and thank you to anyone I have missed!
  • 5 0
 Amazing content! Thanks PB
  • 5 0
 Love this series. Good vibes man!
  • 2 0
 What a fantastic episode. Great pivot from the series to overcome the disruptions to their plan. The slomo atmospheric montage around the finals runs had chills running down my spine - wonderful stuff!
  • 4 0
 fantastic way to re-channel privateer efforts
  • 2 0
 Nothing to add except that this is just a tremendous concept and the Lousa video is going to be awesome. Pinkbike and sponsors take note!!!
  • 2 0
 What a totally fantastic series this has been despite covid and nasty injuries. Great to see such generosity and sportsmanship as well.
  • 1 0
 Awesome video.Ben and proteges need to become the Privateer WC DH team. He can race too. The riders need to take the fight for privateer places in the WC to the UCI!
  • 2 0
 Hoping to see Ben doing it again next year.
  • 2 0
 That color matched fork lower is sick!!
  • 2 0
 Magic! Great episode! Props to everyone involved!
  • 1 0
 Very good and interesting! Cool to see the race/pits action. Up and downs of the weather. Edmondson's pre- podium races.
  • 2 0
 great story! looking forward to the next Edmonson episode!
  • 2 0
 Excellent vid!
  • 2 0
 That v10 looks sweet
  • 1 0
 Really enjoyed this episode!
  • 1 0
 This. 100%. Well done Cathro and PB!
  • 1 0
 great video!
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