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This time on Pinkbike Academy it's all about working together as the contestants team up to tackle their next challenge. After all, there's no "I" in enduro.
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Addison is CLEARLY a much better athlete and much better sponsership material than the any of the girls left in the competition. lets not forget this whole competition is to determine the best athlete for a pro contract.
its just silly. stop being so righteously pc and give us an unbiased show.
"this whole competition is to determine the best athlete for a pro contract."
Where did you get this idea from? They're looking for a brand ambassador. No-one has ever said they are looking for the best "athlete". If they were looking for a new fast racer the show would be entirely about teenagers racing each other, not a bunch of park rats way past their prime playing hide and seek with Jason.
"Addison is CLEARLY a much better athlete and much better sponsership material than the any of the girls"
We still talking MTB? What's his best EWS result? AFAIK Angie did pretty well in Whistler for a privateer while he was happily grinding gravel A bottle of good Scotch says she would finish higher in the women's field than Addison in the men's at any given EWS round. As for social selling, mtb adventure/travel blogging etc., one could argue a woman might give better ROI to a brand.
All that doesn't matter though, because Ben is winning it anyway and which stage he eliminates Addison at makes no difference. Would happen either way.
In this challenge your boy only had himself to blame for blowing it despite having the strongest team. He proclaimed himself the team boss and kept telling Vlad what to do. The only problem was he failed to read and comprehend a few really simple rules after being told specifically that was scored higher than time at the finish line.
Pinkbike: "Hold my Beer"
Pinkbike: Eliminates 2 of the most interesting contestants for no apparent reason
I assume you also know it is the UCI that is reining in RedBull's attempts at essentially owning DH WC and changing rules for much worse in the name of production value and coverage of RB athletes? It was all well covered and documented right here on PB in interviews and press releases.
The UCI might have the usual corporate/bureaucratic issues but it's not the devil like some here like to paint them. Enduro racing will be just fine with them involved.
What "stupid rules" do the UCI have in their current disciplines anyway? Strict tech requirements for road bikes? If they weren't in place, every flat pro tour stage would see exclusively recumbent bikes with fairing and weights below the point of them being single-use (if safe to ride at all). Thank UCI it's still bicycle racing. Lycra ban? This one is really funny because bros have been taking the piss out of spandex-clad XC racers since almost forever (or at least since Palmer), but make it a rule and all of a sudden you cry that you want to have a better view of Loic Bruni's junk? Come on now...
Secondly, it took the UCI until 2018 to allow disc brakes for road racing events, about a decade after the technology was proven.
So yeah, the UCI may be good for its ability to regulate drugs, but it has some downright stupid policies such as the above.
When and where did you ever hear anyone say this was a racing show?
As for challenges for immunity and races for elimination each round... well they could do that except they knew having the same elimination tool every week would have been boring AF.
Though it probably is for some. But I just said what would definitely be more boring.
The production value of the series is great, the challenges are interesting, but the attempts to stir up conflict aren't what bring me back.
It is cool to see just how talented @christinachappetta is at hosting, I see a big future in entertainment for her. This show will help launch a few people’s entertainment career (on both sides of the camera I’m sure) and at the very least it’s a starting point that can be improved upon, I just hope they choose to create future shows to target a more intelligent audience.
I’ve listened to enough podcasts from comedians to know that the great ones are never happy with their work which drives them to create better and better work, so I’m sure that the creators of this show aren’t 100% happy with the way it turned out, and will use that to go in a different direction, at least that’s what I’m hoping for...
In Ancient Greek one of its meanings is "Play Acting".
IMPO, these shows are Soap Operas and have about the same level of reality.
I have now watched two episodes of this drama, the first episode and this episode, and I’m feeling kinda at a loss as to what purpose this series fulfills.
Sure, it’s entertaining in a sense, there’s drama, Interesting personalities, competition, but there’s no real mountain biking.
Granted, not every moment in a series like this needs to involve mountain biking action, but it should involve a whole lot more than you’ve included so far in this series.
In conclusion, I suggest you learn to know your audience. Most, if not all of Pinkbikers, are actually mountain bikers first and drama queens second: we want to see mountain biking!
Thank you for your efforts to keep us entertained during these difficult times, but please, please, give us some damn mountain biking!
I guess they can't eliminate the strongest remaining female rider? Even though she has scraped past elimination like 3 times.........Or they can't eliminate Ben because he has the best chance to get a good return on investment for Orbea?
Whatever way, this episode did not make for convincing competition at all
Shouldn't potential pro riders be judged on their ability to ride a bike?
Some objectless judging has led to the premature elimination of promising contestants, whilst some candidates look very out of place this far in the competition.
Ben, Addison, Evan, Vlad...y'all are fast dudes. After this weak attempt of a show that "simulates" being a pro racer is over, please, please please do some proper enduro stages against each other so that the PB community can have some justice.
It looked something like this:
Jason: "the challenge is to follow the rules and show good teamwork, not to be the first to finish"
The rule list: * states rules *
Addison: "Imma ignore that strange piece of paper with some words on it, shout down my teammate and get to that finish line ASAP"
Next on the Pinkbike Academy, it's potato salad day, who will make the best potato salad??? Who will come up with the good accoutrements??
I actually really like how the challenges are. Episode 6 wasn't about who the fastest was but about following directions and being a team player. I don't care how awesome you are in any sport or profession. If you don't follow directions well and you're not a team player you won't get far.
These challenges are also a breath of fresh air and in my humble opinion very clever.
Overall, I've been enjoying every episode but still gutted Julia was booted off ;(
That is sage advice, definitely one to write on nice paper and put beside your desk at work or home
Is this show booting superior riders? sometimes. Are they focused on finding the best "spokes-model mountain bike influencer"? Absolutely. For every Remy on YT there is 10's of genuine but not that great amateurs.