Video: Jesse Melamed's Winning Kicking Horse Downhill POV

Aug 8, 2020
by Ed Spratt  


bigquotesManaged to put down a clean run while others had slight bobbles to take the win. It was a super fun track with some really unique features. Stoked! Jesse Melamed



67 Comments

  • 64 0
 Fackn hell dude... that speed.... manic! congrats to the win!
  • 25 0
 Thanks!
  • 6 0
 Seriously, utter insanity.
  • 2 0
 Yesterday I managed to ride my MTB again. Most of the time I felt all over the place. The speed is insane, but the precision these top level racers ride with is even more impressive to me.
  • 38 1
 Props to the cameraman, he was flying!
  • 3 0
 Comment of the year!!
  • 26 0
 So many line choices that I never would have anticipated. That was rapid!
  • 21 0
 Very Sam Hill-esque with those super wide, off-the-beaten-path corner entrances.
  • 16 0
 @jptothetree: I'll take that compliment happily!
  • 17 0
 Nuts run on single crowns, some of the bits he gapped or transitioned were insane! Much respect!
  • 5 0
 Thanks!
  • 2 0
 @JesseMelamed: how’d it feel on that bike? Would you have opted for a DH bike given the opportunity or does your bike fit the bill?
  • 1 1
 @anchoricex: you’re asking a guy that lives on an enduro bike
  • 10 0
 that was terrifying!
  • 3 0
 It was actually was every lap up until my finals run.
  • 7 0
 Wow Jesse this is a freaking strong run, mind blowing lines. Perfect run for the win Congrats
  • 2 0
 Thanks!
  • 4 0
 Respect. This validates my riding technique, I go off line like that all the time too, but not intentionally, in corners rather than straights and it slows me down rather than speeding me up. Only a small change required....
  • 4 0
 I'd say thats pretty smart though!
  • 4 0
 I used to call on a Dr. Melamed in NY. He practiced internal med/cardiology. He was not a surgeon. You sir, are a surgeon. Those trees- I felt like it was a POV forest speederbike scene from the Return of the Jedi. I also thought some of the camera crew were pretty brave standing in those inside corners. Congrats on a great win!
  • 3 0
 Wow. That was an insane run. Props. The last couple of days may have seen the answer to the age old question of Dh v Enduro. Dh bike is smoother but enduro bike sure can keep up, hold it's own, take 2 wins on 2 dh tracks in a row.
  • 7 0
 It's definitely looser on the enduro bike but it can go faster in certain sections. No doubt I would get absolutely smoked in Val Di Sole on this bike.
  • 1 1
 Lmao yeah you’re right...the answer is they both are weapons and have different purposes
  • 5 0
 There’s beast mode, then there’s Melamed mode. That is what a professional rider looks like. Holeee
  • 4 1
 It was a pretty perfect run, about 6 seconds quicker than my last practice lap.
  • 2 0
 @JesseMelamed: it was a sight to behold. My kids were like “is he on a motorcycle?”
  • 4 2
 Ok @jessemelamed, a few things -
I posted this in the Enduro crash video, but don't know if Jesse saw it, so I'll post it again.

1) How are you such a good dude that you didn't use expletives when you crashed?! I would have sounded like a sailor going off and used all the words that I shouldn't on camera! I guess that's the difference from a professional to a hack!
2) You probably can't say due to not wanting to give bad press to the prototype bike, but would you have rather been on your Slayer for this race?
3) Do you have an actual DH bike - Maiden - in your stable? Just wondering if you ever have the option to ride it for the legit DH races like last weekend? A Slayer is no Maiden, but it's pretty capable.
  • 3 0
 1) He’s Canadian
2) I’m sure he is getting seat time on the bike he plans to race at EWS if it ever happens.
3) In his post race interview he explains he doesn’t own a DH bike nor has he even ridden one in the last 10 years.
  • 3 0
 1) I think you answered yourself. He's such a good dude Smile
I don't think being Canadian makes up for being such a good dude.
I used to live in Vancouver and I can assure you Canadians can be just as awful as anyone else.
  • 8 0
 I was fully focused on the race and in the zone. If It was just a training crash and I didn't have to get up right away then maybe I would be a little more upset. But like I said, there was no time to waste, the clock was ticking. I can't really say too much but I don't think I would have been any quicker on the Slayer, both great bikes! I don't! I haven't had a proper DH bike in years but I have been thinking about getting one and spending some time on it to see what everyone loves about them. I definitely regret not sorting out a full on DH bike for this series but there wasn't enough time really to make that happen.
  • 2 0
 @RBoardman234s: Pretty sure you nailed the answers haha
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed: Best get on it and get yourself a Maiden before they get even more scarce! My inside contact at Rocky Mtn doesn’t think they’ll ever make a true DH bike again. That’s a crime with the caliber of riders on the Rocky Team, if you ask me!

LONG LIVE THE MAIDEN!
  • 5 0
 Hell I can’t even breath that fast much less ride like that
  • 6 1
 That’s a proper DH track!
  • 1 0
 Did you watch the Psychosis race...another level of legit track. Backyard goodness.
  • 1 0
 Jesse haven't had the success I expected in these Crankworx competitions - instead Kasper pretty much had the success I expected Jesse to have. But there are some serious talented competition and glad to see Jesse perform to his abilities. Defenetly one of the most talented riders in the world. So inspiring to watch!
  • 4 0
 Just taking it race by race, I thought I was coming off the couch fully prepared and ready but apparently I needed a few races to get into the swing of things.
  • 1 1
 i am pretty sure the slayer you pinkbike guys had and broke was a preproduction cause this was insane and would have ripped that bike apart... good to see this course never dying and not smooth at all. one of the all fav race courses. said from an old fatguy ex racer..
  • 4 3
 Also, only thing that broke was the axle, which then tore open the rear end.
  • 3 3
 facts are facts!
  • 3 0
 Nicely done Jessie. Loving the Squamish mob!
  • 1 0
 Killing it eh!
  • 3 0
 I can't even keep up and process the POV video. That was light speed.
  • 2 1
 Fast! But I gotta say there are some race lines going on there and it makes me think when do they disqualify? At what point are you cutting the track?
  • 13 0
 when you go outside the tape, anything else is fair game.
  • 2 0
 You know you're gunning when breathing hard 2 second in haha. Sick handling so sharp!!
  • 2 0
 K-Ho is a bike assassin. I’ve sent many rims to the bin there.
  • 2 0
 Inspiring run! Clean and committed the whole way through. Major props!!
  • 1 0
 Thanks!
  • 1 0
 Some sneaky French lines in there. Any idea what bike he was on? I couldn’t help but notice the single-crown fork.
  • 2 0
 Holy mother of pole clipping that was a close one!
  • 1 0
 Way to go Jesse! Max heart rate the whole way???????? Insane and deserving????????
  • 1 0
 When you think you ride not too bad and not sooo slow...just watch that insane light speed precision run! Congrats!
  • 1 0
 What I learned from this video: To go fast ride in the grass/off the trail as much as possible!
  • 1 0
 Not an easy track to ride. He made it look sooo smooth. Good job Jesse!
  • 1 0
 Thanks! Definitely a rowdy track!
  • 1 0
 1:30 talk about setting yourself up for the next corner! Gnarly man.
  • 1 0
 Congrats Jesse . Awesome lines bro .
  • 1 0
 Bravo Jesse! Congrats! Looking fwd to see you kick ass this year!
  • 1 0
 Now I want to see Finn’s crash.
  • 1 0
 scariest thing I've watched lately. That trail is something else.
  • 1 0
 Well done!!!!
  • 1 0
 Clean and Fast !!
  • 1 0
 Precision
  • 1 0
 wow
  • 1 0
 good god that is fast

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