Video: Reece Wallace Overshoots 70ft Jump

Dec 28, 2020
by Giant Bicycles  

In the Utah desert, Giant free rider Reece Wallace builds then tests one of the largest stunts in the area. After straight lining from the top of a mesa, Reece found himself going a deep! Watch as he goes for redemption on one of the biggest hand built jumps around.

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Video by: Matt Butterworth

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87 Comments

  • 128 2
 Me: Overshoot a jump much smaller than that, bail hard... Go home, put the bike in the garage for a bit, and reconsider my life's direction.

Reece: Overshoot a jump, bail hard and blackout from the impact... Proceed to do a back-flip the next go around.

*guess that why he's a pro and I'm not. Wink
  • 27 1
 These guys are wired differently, for sure. Not only do they possess superior physical skills, but there's probably something mentally where they don't register risks in the same way. It would be an interesting study.
  • 6 1
 @TheR: Yes. I remember years ago,when I was a little kid, having friends who had no fear of risks whatsoever, whether we were skating/biking/snowboarding/whatever. I was never that kid and it was so frustrating.
  • 213 0
 @TheR: tbh, I don't think I'm wired differently—I still get scared. I lost sleep over guinea pigging this jump for weeks. I think the difference is I want to do it really badly, so this outweighs the fear. If it's a jump I don't want to do, or not confident in, I'll happily walk away.
  • 18 0
 @reecewallace: See, that's what I'm talking about, though. Most people see a 70-foot jump and think, "No way! That's crazy!" You see it and want to do it so badly that it outweighs the fear. So maybe lack of fear isn't the right term here, but it's a different wiring. You don't even seem to realize it's different, but I don't want to read your mind. Maybe you do.

Let me ask you -- what is it that makes you want to do it so badly that it outweighs the fear? This is fascinating to me.
  • 55 0
 @TheR: Honestly, I don't really enjoy riding unless I'm pushing myself and continually progressing. This is what keeps it fun for me. I'm also in a pretty competitive line of work now, so this a motivating factor too—though definitely not what started the desire.
  • 9 1
 @TheR: it’s pretty simple.. with your skillset and athletic ability, looking at what Reece does is crazy. He doesn’t have the same fear you do for a given feature because he has much better spatial awareness, athletic ability, has worked up to what he is doing incrementally, and a bunch of other stuff. It’s like asking an mma fighter how they are less afraid to get in the ring than you are.. it’s not because they lack fear, it’s because they have the ability to do so rather safely through developed skill and natural ability.
  • 11 0
 @reecewallace: Cool deal, man. I think in that respect, you are like most of us. We all like pushing ourselves and progressing. The difference is, for most of us, pushing ourselves and progressing could be dropping into that steep run for the first time, or clearing a simple table top. Or maybe it's a 3-foot drop, or a 10-foot. Or whatever. For you, it's a 70-foot gap. Then the risk and challenge is all relative to ability. Maybe you're not as crazy as we thought! Or we are all as crazy as each other, but according to our ability.
  • 1 1
 @TheR: I mean the concussions don't help with cognitive function in the long run, but yes... lol. Wired differently for sure
  • 7 0
 @TheR: In ‘Free Solo’, there is a cool scene with Alex Hannold in an fMRI and they are studying this very topic. The conclusion the neurologist draws is that Alex understands and evaluates the risk normally but isn’t frightened by it. Risky things don’t trigger the fear center in his brain even though he knows they are risky.
  • 4 0
 Progression is key to skills. I think a lot of folks falsely believe that most pros and really good riders are supremely and uniquely talented, and I'm sure some of that factors into it, but progression also forms skills and confidence.

I knew a guy who built a bunch of progression drops in his yard (he lived on a hill) and when he first built it he was doing like little 2' drops...but after a few years he had moved up to like an 8' drop - and his kids were fast on his heels.

Despite this however, he admitted that he still didn't like really sculpted dirt jumps because they felt weird (I'm the same way) but he could go pretty huge on moto-style kickers at the park (one benefit of having learned to tune suspension for 8' drops).
  • 2 0
 @reecewallace: Everyone checking in to see if you're all right. Meanwhile I'm over here squinting to see which prototype link you're running on the rear end and if it's mullet or 29er?
Glad you walked away. Beer
  • 4 0
 @TheR: Alex Honald's brain scans in Free Solo gives a great insight to these creatures mentality.
  • 1 0
 @ridebike23: 100% true. Some people definitely have a lower tolerance for fear. Especially in extreme sports, the attribute or ability to put fear aside is what drives progression. Some people have that ability, some don't..
  • 1 0
 @Beazy: I'm going to have to check out Free Solo. I think part of the reason they're not frightened is because of their ability. Maybe they know it's a risk, but it's a calculated one. They pulled off X before, and maybe something like this is X+1 (or +5, or 10), and they're good with that.

But the other thing is, people can push themselves to a certain limit until they decide enough is enough. Many of us are going to come to a 10 foot drop or gap and say, "Nope," even if we could do 5 feet no problem. There's something here about pushing above and beyond where others say, "enough." And honestly, he's well past that.
  • 3 0
 @vincelowry: Absolutely. I used to be much more able to use that fear constructively (safety) without letting it cripple my progression.

Getting out for 10 years and coming back as an adult with responsibility and a rusty skillset is a completely different ballgame for sure.
  • 2 0
 @TheR: get ready to experience some vertigo if watching on a big screen. my hands were sweaty just watching it!
  • 1 0
 @TheR: @reecewallace either way insane riding, rampage this year i believe there are FIM's in everything (f**k it moments)....you just up and do it, sometimes with planning sometimes you just have the instinct its doable, theres a drop in morzine, to guys like reece its a kerbstone level of simplicity. To me it was a wooden run in only about 6ft drop but had to clear about 10ft out and then steep run off so further you send further you drop...had eyeballed it about 3 times decided no its not something I could do...next run down i swear the bike steered itself there...slight overshoot but all good, now I am looking at bigger...its how we progress..Reece has soooooo many years of experience of run in speed, lip height, take off angles etc you can bet he has minimized the danger as much as possible..either way insane riding, rampage this year reece?
  • 2 0
 @emptybe-er: So well said!
  • 2 0
 @reecewallace: is watermelon your safe word? Asking for a friend.. lol
  • 4 0
 @radman13: watermelon is my 'dropping in' word, so it's not confused with 'go! or no!'
  • 1 1
 @emptybe-er: Ya but TBH its more than crazy. If you hit your head hard enough to black out, then you have a bad concussion, you need to take at least a few days if not a week or 2 off. Otherwise you risk hitting your head again, getting second impact syndrome...and then you die. ????‍♂️. All from what would otherwise be an innocuous hit. There's pushing yourself, and then there's poor risk management.

I just hope it didn't use the same helmet after the first hit.
  • 2 1
 @reecewallace:
Whiskey
Alpha
Tango
Echo
Roger
Mike
Echo
Lima
Oscar
November
  • 6 0
 @blowmyfuse: Romeo Wink but I appreciate the effort.
  • 1 0
 You guys are hitting jumps?
  • 4 0
 @reecewallace: Yes, true now. But my Grandfather taught me WW II military alphabet which used Roger between 1947-1956. Formalized universally in 1956 and changed to be Romeo, but only after he was released from the infamous Stalag 17 prison camp as one of it's final prisoners. Roger always stuck between he and I. Big Grin
I only found out this Memorial Day that there are 2 memorials to his plane in France.

Reminds me that I've always wanted to ask someone on here in France to maybe stencil his name from.that monument and mail it to me.
  • 58 4
 not to be that guy...but...clickbait title since you can't see what the heck happens.
  • 92 0
 I just went really, really deep—no crash. The cameras are usually getting set up while I'm guinea pigging stunts, so actually lucky to have any footage of this at all
  • 8 1
 @reecewallace: respect man!!!
  • 10 2
 @reecewallace: I'm mostly just super glad you're all good man. Love your riding and upbeat attitude. Props homie.
  • 3 0
 @reecewallace: Way to hold it together. Probably would have been so much worse it you bailed right in to the transition.
  • 3 2
 someone's gotta be that guy
  • 1 0
 @reecewallace: damn, happy to hear there wasn't a wreck. can't wait to see what else comes out of this trip!
  • 42 7
 He’s not wearing his World Cup stripes?
  • 22 24
 Reece Wilson is the one who got his stripes, Reece Wallace is a different rider.
  • 4 3
 @armoredbutton: same same
  • 104 1
 @armoredbutton: nope, same guy
  • 4 0
 @armoredbutton: I think he may be joking. Reece Wallace was joking about it on his Instagram after getting incorrectly tagged.
  • 1 0
 @ben_wallace7: tometo tomatoe
  • 1 0
 "suck it! Reindeer Games..."
"I'm not Ben Affleck."
"You white? Then you Ben Affleck."
"Well you ARE white..."
  • 15 0
 Melon farmer! Wallace went for it!
  • 8 1
 me: what if I come up short! I could come up short! what if I case it?!
reece: what if I over jump the entire jump!
  • 1 0
 Well yeah, he did get it wrong right.
  • 6 0
 So this is what I learned, if you over shoot a jump the first time the next time do a back flip and you'll land it perfectly. Got it!
  • 3 0
 I love when people on Pinkbike say that these lines in Virgin are just slope courses on mountains. Even though I know that the people who say this wouldn’t ever dare to hit any of these features, they’d also shit themselves if they had to rip down these fast, steep, rough lines
  • 1 0
 I don’t think anyone said a 70ft jump is a slope feature....
  • 1 0
 @coadymacmillan: They were in previous Rampages..... haha
  • 1 0
 Definitely wired different wether you agree Reece or not. Consider Dave Mirra. Be careful of youre self when you are 40-50 years old. Also consider all the other kids out there that don't have good parents. Most kids like us are cadagorized with mental disorder in school because the norm is not fallowed. Theese kids with not so great parents are usually put on drugs and ruined for life. Back to Dave mirra. I am 42 years old. I am beginning to feel the age. I can't do anymore like I used too. Which for me is a considerable weight. I overcame being drugged as a kid so I can over come the age thing. Just something to think about...
  • 4 1
 He is lucky that the landing was so long. If landed to flat ! Different outcome.
  • 1 0
 If he decided to not try the jump again would he be called A Chicken. ? I think it would be better to be "a chicken" than to to come up broken any day. Is there any shame in knowing your limit has been reached?
  • 3 0
 That’s getting back on the horse if I’ve ever seen it!
  • 2 0
 Adrenaline & shock overload! All that time building that landing to only use 20ft of it on 1st attempt.
  • 1 0
 It's not about having no fear. Even Dave Mitra got scared. It's having confidence in your abilities from practicing and evolving that push you through these challenges
  • 1 0
 it's like when you have a dream and then you wake up and realize you overshot the jump , you know what i mean ?
Uh ,No . not too many people will ever have that dream ????
  • 1 0
 Broke my back mountain biking a couple years ago and this Reece Wallace video got me through it: www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3GuKsIrXtc
  • 3 0
 holy send portal
  • 2 0
 Ah yes, We waiting for future Red Bull Rampage ;D
  • 2 0
 Huge respect for not only hitting it again but flipping it....
  • 2 0
 WATERMELON !

Nice job @reecewallace.
  • 1 0
 Gnarly. But “ride unleashed”? Come on Giant, you can do better than that. Are we dogs?
  • 1 3
 It is not a difficult jump. What I mean is that the takeoff ramp is linear and not very steep. Thus, the way the jump pops you up is very predictable and gradual. The jump was designed that way to make it safe, like a ski jump vs a half pipe curve takeoff. The dangerous side of the jump is the landing if you overshoot it, causing you to endo. But since this jump is a table top you can try slower speeds, landing closer to the landing. That’s how you would figure out your speed by a succession of jumps starting with a slow speed. I think the rider just got way to confident and just sent it first try paying a big price. Hope he is alright.
  • 2 0
 Hes coming in at like 30-40 mph in order to clear it, and hes at least 20ft above the ground mid jump, even if you did case it the impact would throw you over the bars anf as a general rule of thumb, its better to overshoot (as long as you dont get bucked) then to undershoot. That being said, I would love to send this jump
  • 1 0
 @Hiben: good point!
  • 1 0
 @DH-Angel: did you watch the video?
  • 2 0
 "Giant free rider Reece Wallace" IDK, he's not THAT tall...
  • 2 1
 Pinkbike award for the biggest over shoot the year: Tom or Reece?
  • 1 0
 All while wearing Allbirds. I'm inspired to go put SPD's in my Crocs
  • 2 0
 Overshoot in GoPro????
  • 1 0
 sorry but, WHATRE THOSE!?
  • 2 3
 Giant doesn't appear to sell a DH bike. What is that he's riding.. a custom rig? Modified or stock Reign with a big fork slapped on it?
  • 6 0
 They have the glory but it just isn’t available on the US website.
  • 2 1
 Then what did Danny hart ride all those years dude?
  • 1 0
 Why in the hell did they not film the landing ramp? Frown
  • 2 0
 He explains above. It was a practice before the film shoot and they weren’t even bothering to film it properly
  • 1 0
 @burkerider: Thanks!
  • 1 0
 That helped me go this morning.
  • 1 1
 And then you see a Moto jump......and realise how puny this is. Me scared on mediocre sized jumps.
  • 1 0
 BEAST!!!!
  • 1 0
 Coolbz
  • 1 0
 I dont get it.
  • 1 0
 I like his spirit fruit
  • 1 1
 This is a perfect illustration of what bikes were NOT designed to do .
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