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Video: The Final Race - Pinkbike Academy Episode 9

Dec 10, 2020
by Pinkbike Originals  



One last race and one last chance for the remaining contestants to prove they have what it takes to earn the top spot.


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  • 109 2
 This is how it should have been from day 1. For once have nothing to complain about. Well done PB.
  • 134 5
 Well.... one question. Why have Joe racing against Christina, but the boys aren't racing against anyone (?Fabien) - just for some perspective to see how they stack up against a pro?
  • 17 0
 @trillot: Agreed would have been awesome to have similar caliber reference times for the Men and Women.
  • 6 0
 @jordanaustino: yeah Right, I did not watch yet, but I saw Couscous on there before, raced UCI DH world cups from 2003 I think untill 2014 when he switched to EWS for 4 seasons of racing. I was surprised that pinkbike could land a dude with such pedigree. Wasn't Fabien Cousinié the Polygon UR team owner? You know, the team with Tracy and Mick Hannah, Fayolle, and Sam Reynolds etc?
  • 48 1
 I think the guys were good references for each other, as we know they are each very fast based on prior results. Evan won an EWS qualifier last year in the U21 class, and beat Kasper Woolley, McKay Vezina, and Cody Kelley at a Continental Enduro Series race. Ben qualified for an elite world cup last year. Their results are actually pretty comparable to Christina's.
  • 61 0
 @jcc0042: Damn, Evan is fast as shit. He's got the lowkey personality and hasn't raced World Cups like Ben, but he's been consistently beating Ben on stages where he doesn't mechanical. He's kinda snuck up on everyone, but he's clearly a beast.
  • 39 0
 @withdignityifnotalacrity: Evan 100% should win. Jo is fun and is a great personality however I don't see how she can win posting times that much slower than Christina?
  • 15 4
 @danielstutt: I think it's the haircut. The shaggy dude who just rolled out of bed just doesn't look fast. They needed a segment on "the look" in the Academy. Get some EWS barbers up in there.
  • 35 1
 @trillot: if Strava can say something then for example Rock Hammer 3 fastest times man are: 1:12, 1:16, 1:19,... so 1:19 and 1:20 its right there,...

For woman tho,...fastest is 1:36 followed by bunch of 1:50,... and that 1:36 is actually Christina,... and Jo time 1:49 will put her to being the second fastest on that run.
  • 4 4
 @Spiral23: I think this is a better metric to test scores. use strava times and % off compared to that. then it is equal for the guys and Jo #teamevan
  • 14 2
 @Quincybuickerood: Yea because Strava times are always accurate!!! :0
  • 94 0
 @trillot: Hey I was actually supposed to race but couples of day before the academy I've had a big crash at Crankworx and cracked a rib so I could not race them, I'm leaving this here if you want to have a laugh
Anyway watching them ride, checking their times and consistency I'm pretty sure they would have smoked me Ben and Evan are really fast !
  • 6 0
 @fabiencousinie: Front of the line for Friday Fails! Just between you and me and the PB comment section who won....we promise not to tell!
  • 5 0
 @trillot: Would have been cool if Yoann Barelli put down a time for the boys to be compared to.

I think they're both super fast to be fair, but it would be cool to see who's closest to pro standard.
  • 3 0
 I agree that I'd like to see more of this mock racing on future seasons. I think a mix of this and the earlier episodes is important to turn this into a reality show vs just watching an enduro race though. I want a 50/50 mix of racing and challenges that focus on the other things a mid-tier enduro racer needs to be good at (social media, supporting a team lead with mechanicals, etc).
  • 5 1
 Pinkbike academy: you have to be good in all these things to be a pro racer,..

Proracer: I dont care, and not doing anything else then racing.
  • 2 0
 @avgas: I liked a prior suggestion someone made of racing+challenges and the day's challenge winner is made immune to elimination.
  • 2 0
 Should have shown the whole race run, maybe I’m bored but I’d love to compare line choice, who carries speed through what
  • 1 0
 @fabiencousinie: Haha- those are some incredible noises! Glad you made it out relatively okay and kudos for commenting on the speed of Ben and Evan. It's interesting that everyone is saying "lets see how they stack up to the pros"... they have both literally raced top level events in the pro class... so I would say they stack up well. Both are still young with lots of riding and building to go. So much talent. Be happy to see either of them win and hope to see them competing/riding in the future.
  • 65 2
 "the final race" --> "The only race"
  • 65 3
 pinkbike should have got them all on grim donuts
  • 23 7
 or at least let them keep the bikes they used
  • 1 0
 The outcome would have been dire...
  • 1 0
 @garrett345: was exactly my question - do any/all of them get to keep their bikes?
  • 7 0
 @rrolly: According to Addison none of em did
  • 1 1
 @garrett345: if they win they get to keep their bikes
  • 1 1
 @labiker9: That's too bad.
  • 44 0
 Would have been nice to have all the former contestants be in the race to really give the peeps still in it more of a sense of competition.
  • 5 5
 So true.
Also, Even seems take is time to replace his derailleur. Was the time between two stages limited like in real? If it would happen to myself, I'll certainly more stressed than him...
  • 29 0
 @tomrider84: Evan is a super laid back dude who clearly knows his way around a bike. I think he's just being him, which helps in that stressful situation!
  • 1 0
 Had this same thought.
  • 1 0
 Wouldn’t work because the ppl cut for their sub par selfie skills might win
  • 41 0
 i'm rooting for evan here. he's got steeze.
  • 24 0
 Best episode yet. Honestly, it would've been cool to treat it like a training camp (ahem Academy) and have the full staff build up their fitness, technical skills and mechanical acumen over the course of the two weeks. And maybe have a benchmark race and then a final race. Like, I'm genuinely curious to see how Vlad and Addison would have performed. I get the reality show elimination template, but if we're gonna race, let's race! Also btw, Evan is a beast, really snuck up on me how good the dude is.
  • 2 0
 Oh. This is a great idea... but 2 weeks isn't much time to train. In post-covid times they could have folks there for a little longer... or maybe show up for an initial week, go away to train, and show up again for another week?
  • 27 2
 I wanna see footage of Christina's run. Love watching her impressive riding!
  • 1 0
  • 14 0
 1) As a typically non-race enthusiast, I'm enjoying this series. Clearly it's not to everyone's liking, but no matter what anyone has to say about it I throw the PB crew and the series sponsors a high five for a different take on content. In the end they've all stepped up to give a few people some opportunities they may not have come, lose, or draw.

2) Thanks to the contestants as, lose, or draw. No matter how awesome you think you are it takes some commitment and confidence to sign up for this and put yourself out there. Nicely done.

3) We need more 8-bit inspired soundtracks.
  • 17 1
 Good luck contestants! Thank you for sharing your efforts. You are all worthy ambassadors for our sport.
  • 15 5
 As much as I love all things MTB, there's something about reality-type shows that I just can't stand. I'm not even sure what it is, I tried watching this one and after like 30 seconds my eyes glazed over and I chucked my phone. I know I'm the weirdo here, millions and millions of people all over the planet love the reality TV format, but I just can't get through it.
  • 4 0
 Nothing wrong with that. You gained yourself 26 minutes to ride your bike instead of watching other people ride.
  • 1 0
 How old are you? I fall in to the reality tv era (late 90's - early 2000's) and grew up watching this type of content. I tried watching the first couple episodes of this series and it just made me cringe. I wouldn't be surprised if a producer from that era was hired to produce this series because it reeks of early reality tv.
  • 1 0
 @generationfourth: I didn't think about a generational aspect to liking reality TV. I'm 45, do people my age not like stuff like that? It seems like I'm strange even among people my age.
  • 3 0
 I find these episodes unwatchable.
  • 3 0
 @JakeEPooh: Not strange at all, this shit is just chewing gum for the brain.
  • 2 1
 @JakeEPooh: I think it's not about age, it's more about consciousness that this is simply a waste of time. It comes with age though. Most people think it's for free, but it's not, you are paying with your time. And realistically time is the most precious thing we humans have, but also the least appreciated. Commenting on PB is also a wast of time btw. But we are all slaves of our social instincts.
  • 5 0
 I’m not sure this show is about the results at all, and I’m not sure how much “real” is in “reality show”, but from and entertainment point of view I like this show. No it’s not as much racing as I would have liked. Some of the challenges, like rebuilding a fork, or scavenger hunting for water bottles. probably should not be the final judgement for sending people home, but I personally have been entertained. When you throw Covid in the mix during filming and account for all of the limitations that would have imposed I would give this show a solid A. My only criticism is that this show really needs more Chappetta. Everything pinkbike needs more Chappetta!
  • 4 1
 This was the best episode yet. Loving the tight racing between Evan and Ben.
My only slight issue is sort of how Jo got a "benchmark" against Christina... Understandably Jason and the team needed something to measure her against, but the same constituent should have been held against Evan and Ben (i.e. having a male EWS racer throw down some lap times). Since these overall lap times aren't the end goal, it's more comparing one against the other, which I think puts Jo at a bit of a disadvantage going up against only Christina.
Just my two cents, maybe something for next season! Either way, hoping they all put down big last day runs!
  • 7 4
 There is absolutely no way Jo is remotely fast enough to deserve a full ride on ANY factory EWS team. Come on people, let's be real here, Jo would never crack the top 40 out of 45 women at an EWS event. I'm sorry, I'm just sayin.....
  • 3 4
 Jo would never crack top 50 out of 45 women....
  • 4 0
 32/45 first ews in 2018
  • 2 0
 @jogpeters: I stand corrected, well played. My apologies for being quick to judge and my words came across as chauvinistic. For the record, the raw emotion you have displayed as a stranger in front of the global PB community is incredibly admirable and I salute you.
  • 3 0
 Seems like they should've had a baseline time for the guys as well. If it comes down to Jo and one of the guys, how do they decide who would perform better against pros?
  • 2 1
 Great episode. For real, doing what you guys have done with this show the first time out is really impressive. I like hearing Jason Lucas on the podcast seem pretty chill about some of the feedback. Honestly really well done and I cant wait to see the next season already.
  • 6 5
 “Do you think having a mechanical merits elimination?”

Who the f*** comes up with these questions?
Absolutely painful.

Just not as painful as being eliminated for social media, because that’s got everything to do with racing...
  • 4 0
 Evan needs to make an appearance on Letterkenny as part of his contract if he wins.
  • 4 0
  • 1 0
  • 2 0
 I’ve watched every episode with my two young boys, they’re 6 and 8, and each week we all enjoy every episode. They talk about the challenges on our rides. Good stuff!
  • 4 0
 This show is f*cking brilliant! Loving it! :-D
  • 3 0
 Evan is ridiculously fast. Ben doesn't seem like a guy who's lost often...or ever.
  • 1 0
 this was a great episode! the show is really improving through the back half (and I thought the whole season was pretty good tbh)
  • 2 0
 next competition , winner gets a pro contract with Pinkbike and has to race the Grim Donut
  • 3 0
 "Send it in the gnar"

That have me aids
  • 4 1
 Evan is such a Canadian. No show all go. Razz
  • 1 0
 Did @christinachappetta ride the exact same track on the very same day ?
Or was her personal record on the tracks chosen as the reference ?
  • 2 0
 Someone give Deaner the contract and let’s move on with it already. What a guy, what a Canadian!
  • 1 0
 Plan A is just to keep on given'r!
  • 4 2
 Dang it Pink Bike Academy, I just can't quit you!
  • 2 1
 Evan is a beast Ben is fast and could do good marketing, he has humor Jo is solid
  • 3 0
 Go Evan!
  • 2 0
 And the winner is... ... CATHROOooo!!
  • 3 0
 You've got it Evan!
  • 2 0
 Give'er the biscuit, Evan! I'm rooting ferya, buddy!
  • 1 0
 Why is Jo racing against a pro - better to have had the prior contestants to compare? or have a male pro?
  • 7 6
 Ouu my GAWD. Such a Drama, I cant watch...
  • 1 1
 So Jason, I hear they are looking for someone to do that Alex Trebeck show. Maybe another Canadian?
  • 1 0
 There will be 2 winners; one male and one female.
  • 3 2
 Is this show why trailforks costs money now?
  • 1 0
 anyone know where episode 10 is at?..
  • 3 4
 Wheres the hide this nonsense filter?
  • 11 1
 It's not the filter. See, your brain and finger just seem to lack the "don't click on the thing I don't care to see" function.
  • 1 2
 wow, just wow
  • 2 5
 France is the "birthplace of enduro"?
Hmmmm... I think a lot of people would challenge that claim
  • 9 0
 ...but they'd be wrong? It's literally where the first enduro races were held by Fred Glo and the other godfathers of the discipline.
  • 1 1
 @brianpark: I’d argue the forefathers of mountain biking in Colorado and California basically invented modern enduro— pedal to the top, stage racing on the way down, albeit it was a lose format (but they weren’t exactly racing XC, were they?). In my mind and a lot of mountain bike history institutions (including the mtb hall of fame), this is where the birthplace of enduro should be accredited. But it’s a little subjective.
  • 2 1
 @brianpark: the literal beginnings of mountain biking were just enduro racing. Repack for instance, was basically a modern enduro race, 30 years before anything in France.
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