PINKBIKE ACADEMY PRESENTED BY SEASON 2, EPISODE 3
This time on Pinkbike Academy it’s all about corners. The contestants compete in a two-part cornering challenge to see who can push it to the limit without going past it.
Tori and Cody taking on the slalom course.
The second cornering challenge took place on the trails.
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This kind of drama is good for classic TV junkies, but I’m not so sure that’s what MTBers are. I want to see all of the riders for the whole series, no elimination. I want to see their struggles, see them grow (or not), all while following them on a cumulative leaderboard. Rather eliminating the “losers” each week, it would be cool if they focused on rewarding the winners. Basically, run it like an end to end season of Enduro racing including pre and post season type activities (e.g., training, edits, social, etc.).
I think that kind of approach would make better use the the time of all contestants and would make for a proper battle for the whole season. I want to see the real deal, not this Real World vibe; just a bit contrived. Just my opinion.
If it’s a genuine academy then it should include the response of the participants to training. One person may start the series at a lower place in the ranking, but through their psychological and physiological response to training and support and mentoring can move up the rankings - and realise genuine untapped and undeveloped potential. That’s something which is sorely missing in the episodes so far this season yet is absolutely vital for someone moving from amateur to pro.
As you say, I think it would make MUCH more exciting viewing, have higher fidelity to what actually is required in the real world, and it would be great to see people gaining resilience and power.
If I'm honest, the whole format of the show puts me off watching it, even though I love seeing all these cool people riding bikes and having a great time I think the overly "fake" and "official" attitude of the show kinda ruins the vibe.
Yes, Pinkbike you can steal this idea. Please do. Please, please do.
I mean, with Outside money, this should be no problem.
I mean... Technically Emmett did if you take away the 5 second penalty he got from the useless "prizes".
I think Ben and Evan were pretty neck and neck, right?
If Emmett is consistently the fastest (of the men) then it would screw the whole premise of the show for him to not win.
I'm not sure an offer from another team for an up and coming racer would be better than what PB/Orbea are offering.
Plot twist - he could turn down the offer and go to another team and let the #2 have it. That would be sweet. But I'll bet it's in their PB contracts that if an offer is made they have to take it, they probably can't leverage it against other offers they may get.
Also, I wonder how much say Orbea has in this. They took a male rider last year so are they more likely to choose a female this year? They might get some flack from the interwebs if they chose a male two years in a row. But back to your point it looks like Flo is due for a factory ride whether she wins PBA or not.
Pinkbike Academy episode 5
You won the race
Pick an envelope
Your going home
For sure. Maybe they could get a different sponsor for each to make it happen. As mtmc said a single company probably wouldn't be able to pick up 2 riders.
Secret pros revealed in a full(ish) enduro race challenge near the end? Would be good to see the contestants race them same day.
I did not know that.
Flo to Cody
Definitely pointless but they have to create drama somehow. It's easy to see who the top prospects are and they're consistent and won't be going home bc of a minor penalty.
Commenting without watching? They literally eliminated the slowest rider. Just like they did last time. It's you who's crying because a rider you don't like stayed.
PB didn't decide who got the penalty, it was only pointless from the ranking point of view because Cody gave it to Emmett. Had he given it to Bradley, it would actually have bumped Cody up a spot in the ranking, making it not so pointless. Even so, the penalties played a role in showing how both fastest riders deal with added pressure (spoiler: they handled it like pros).
Alternatively I think that they should move to a structure of elimination every two episodes. Not so ‘televisual’ but far more appropriate to the real demands of enduro racing.
The structure of the elimination and the design of the challenge this time around has meant - in my view - an inappropriate elimination.
Kyra. Seems harsh, but she hadn't recovered at all in however long it was by this point of filming, and has consistently been looking about ready to break. Kinda wished it was Cody tho, not got the right attitude for the mental endurance needed for a pro career
Guaranteed it's doing her more harm than good looking down and seeing that 5% every day.
Was kinda funny to hear 2 of the female riders saying cornering was not a strength - are they aspiring to be pro riders for straight-track MTB?
Would've been nice to see more of the slalom at full speed, like one full run. Not something you get to see often so would've been interesting to look at style & body position.
I'd like to see a challenge where they work with a coach & some video analysis and see how much they can improve the times they got in this episode (the longer run). Being coachable and improving must be a big part of being a pro. Also, something like that flat-turn slalom but after a looooong uphill, to see how they can keep their concentration while fatigued.
It seems harsh Tori being eliminated for a single slide like that, but then you just need to Google “Myriam Nicole Snowshoe flat corner crash Vali Höll takes overall 2021” to see how harsh real racing can be.
reality check re decision-making process in the series....
Tori Wood third in BC DH season. By one second:
"..In the elite women’s race, Squamish’s Ainhoa Ijurko (Canyon) added a BC Cup win to her earlier Canada Cup win. Her results at Coast Gravity and the Dunbar Summer Series combine to push her ahead of Fernie’s Jennifer McHugh in the overall standings.
Emilie-Soleil Patterson of Revelstoke takes second in the final BC Cup of 2021 with Tori Wood of Squamish one second behind in third...
Er...in this company....at this level....and she's third? What were they thinking of on the Academy?
On female performance, a top mechanic said recently: ‘….seven years ago I could beat the women downhill and in Enduro. Five years ago I could beat the women in Enduro. Now I can’t beat them in anything….’
I’d not like to try to keep up with Vali Holl or Tanee Seagrave. They way they stuff their bikes into corners has to be seen to be believed. If those two had been coaching the women here then we would have seen something interesting. Instead we saw a promising female rider’s hopes dashed. I feel very uneasy about it.