Video: The Official Teaser for Pinkbike Academy is LIVE!

Oct 2, 2020
by Pinkbike Originals  


10 Riders. 2 Weeks. 1 Pro Contract + $25k

We're looking for the next mountain biking superstar! The first episode of our reality TV show drops October 15, 2020. Follow along as Pinkbike Academy puts 10 aspiring professional riders through a series of 10 gruelling elimination challenges designed to see if they have what it takes to make it at the top. The Pinkbike Academy champion will take home $25,000 cash and a 1-year professional contract with Orbea Bikes.



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Shimano, Orbea, Fox Racing, Fox Factory, Big White, GoPro, Garmin,
Pro Bike Gear, Feedback Sports, Maxxis, Stan's NoTubes, Ride Concepts, and Trailforks.

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  • 230 1
 PB hosting a reality TV series was not on my 2020 bingo card.
  • 22 19
 exactly! Amazing how creative these guys are
  • 1 2
 It's like the Ultimate Internet Fighter training.
  • 1 1
 @ReeferSouthrland: but with significantly less traumatic brain injury!
  • 159 2
 I may have just lost all respect for Pinkbike. Can't wait to watch.
  • 26 3
 I hate reality tv with so much passion.... but I'm still going to watch this cos mtb
  • 6 4
 Reality TV and mountain bikes... my life is now complete
  • 9 0
 Gonna go out on a (hopeful) limb and say that the teaser was satirical
  • 2 0
 @pmhobson: Yeah looks as cheesy as f☆☆k!
  • 1 0
 @pmhobson: let's hope!
  • 110 2
 So who “hooked up” with who?
  • 55 2
 There's a 90% chance Vlad hooked up with 100% of the girls on that show.
  • 39 2
 maxxis hooked up with the dirt
  • 30 1
 @MartyFluxMcFly: VLAD THE IMPALER amirite???
  • 6 0
 Ahem - with WHOM.

I’ll show myself out ...
  • 81 1
 F*ck ya let's shatter some dreams
  • 1 0
 yes sir
  • 80 6
 I want to give a huge thanks to everyone who applied! We unfortunately had this little global pandemic that prevented us from considering a lot of AMAZING applications. Don't worry, this project was such a good time that we're doing it again next year, and we'll be doing everything we can to include some of the rad people who couldn't attend this year. And while I'm at it, thank you to the badass cast of characters from this season for all your efforts. Huge thanks to the Boombox crew, Jason and the PB production team, Big White, all the sponsors, etc. It took a huge effort to make this thing happen, and I appreciate everyone's help in giving some lesser known riders an opportunity like this. We're excited to show everyone the series!
  • 10 5
 This is super amazing - cannot wait!
  • 14 3
 Thanks Brian! Much love for putting this on - had so much fun making a video.

Will there still be a fan favorite vote for the international candidates? Either way, stoked to enter again next year. I've been working on my seltzer shotguns.

Love from Vermont,
  • 7 1
 Jason FTW !
  • 6 0
 Can't believe you couldn't get Puck from Real World to do this show.
  • 5 0
 @sammyhedlund: Coach Sammy has my vote!
  • 4 2
 screw the haters. I'm pumped for this. Looks like the finalists can shred (there didn't seem to be too many public submissions and the late game call for more submissions had me worried).
  • 3 0
 Great to hear Bryan. As long as the program will focus on riding and not conflicts, It will be successful, for sure!!
  • 1 0
 for president!
  • 75 0
 Up next the Real Housewives of Pinkbike, stay tuned.
  • 95 1
 "But honey! I need the Range Rover to go to the Club! Why can't you put a roof rack on your Porsche?"

"I can't lift my eBike that high, that's why"
  • 21 2
 @salespunk: I've put an e-bike on the roof of a full size SUV and it was a near death experience.
  • 9 0
 “I never see him, he’s always riding his bike”.
  • 7 2
 WTF is this!?!? I thought this was a spoof. Man, this is literally a copy of the reality TV business model.
  • 141 1
 The Real Commenters of Pinkbike would be great. Everyone has to face off against the pros they've shit-talked over the years on bikes they claimed were unrideable because the chainstays were too short.
  • 24 0
 @brianpark: Can we do a holiday special roast of Waki?
  • 1 0
 @salespunk: Brilliant!
  • 2 9
flag blowmyfuse (Oct 2, 2020 at 10:01) (Below Threshold)
 @brianpark: Nah. I just wanna be on the show to see who I can make cry. You got a button....I iz gunna push it!
  • 9 1
 @brianpark: please make it happen! would love to watch WAKIDesigns get his ass kicked on repeat!!
  • 2 0
 @brianpark: what happened to Waki anyway? Did I miss his exit at some point?
  • 4 0
 @RyanMTBx: Oh you done dit it....
  • 9 0
 @RyanMTBx: whatever you do, DO NOT say his name 2 more times.
  • 3 0
 @brianpark I know we dont see him too often these days, but deeight would be in some serious trouble!
  • 2 0
 @plyawn: seriously, what happened to him? I clearly missed the drama (assuming there was some)
  • 1 0
 @RyanMTBx: He bailed a couple of months back.
  • 1 0
 @plyawn: @plyawn: WAKIjuice, WAKIjuice, WAKI.....
  • 2 2
 @RyanMTBx: brianpark probably banned him for not sharing his world view.
  • 49 1
 Was not prepared for the mid-2000s reality show vibes of this. 2020 is wild man....
  • 51 5
 This is it, boys! This is how we get our girlfriends into mountainbiking!
  • 2 1
 Holy comment gold!
  • 7 0
 Well played, but do you really think most of the commenters on here have girlfriends?
  • 42 5
 Huh, don't know about this.
  • 35 1
On the one hand, mountain biking.
On the other, reality TV elimination shows are SO done, and SO overdramatic (except for Lego Masters. Because Lego)
  • 6 0
 @Poulsbojohnny: I love lego mastersSmile
  • 8 0
 Exactly where I’m at. On the one hand, looks like innovative content for a web-based outlet. On the other hand, looks like there’s a good dose of typical, cheesey reality TV drama, and I just can’t bring myself to watch “The Bachelor” on mountain bikes. Gonna be interesting.
  • 5 0
 How about an Ex-on-the-trail version? Contestants have to ride their old rigs and each other’s new ones.
  • 8 0
 @Poulsbojohnny: don't forget the "Great British Baking Show" those Brits know how to do reality TV with class: "Your crust seems a little under done and soggy. I think this was a missed opportunity" BAM! Paul Hollywood just tore him a new one!
  • 1 1
 @Poulsbojohnny: HOW HAVE I NOT HEARD OF LEGO MASTERS BEFORE NOW!!! Well, probably cause I live under a rock. Anyways, thank you for mentioning it good sir.
  • 40 7
 I hope the stupid reality show style elimination meetings and other garbage was just a joke.
  • 7 0
 I'm gonna give it a shot but if it is that type of trash I will not be watching.
  • 27 0
 The real reason behind the grim donut taking so long.
  • 23 6
 I really hate fake drama bullshit. After watching the trailer, I think I'm out.
  • 14 1
 Live stream Levy doing 100 mile ride through Vancouver and surrounding trails on the Grim Donut. Emotional support provided by Yoann and have Jason ride one of those weird Trek off road bikes with racks front and rear for mechanical support. Christina can follow with clif bars and skittles crammed in the downtube of the new Slash. That would be some quality TV.
  • 17 3
 Pinkbike is raising the bar again! Grim Donut, podcast, filed tests and now this. A quality substitute of the races, we could not watch this years. Well done! Cant wait to watch.
  • 17 3
 So many people complained that they wanted the privateer spiced up, and talked so much shit to poor Adam, and now that PB brings some spicy shit you complain. smh
  • 11 0
 Hopefully it's more biking focused and less reality world drama focused. Looking forward to seeing how it turns out and big props for still being able to put something together during this pandemic
  • 13 0
 This is some trash TV I can get behind!
  • 11 0
 I cannot wait! Get this up on Netflix too, they will eat up the heart ache.
  • 10 2
 Woo! We are so excited to see this come to fruition. Thank you to @brianpark and the whole Pinkbike squad for making this happen!

Anyone taking bets on who says, "I'm not here to make friends," first?
  • 7 0
 The oldest millennials are stretching toward 40 yo now and work all through different parts of the culture. I think one of the hard lessons to really come to terms with in this age cohort is that the gross stuff you do ironically is actually still gross.
  • 11 5
 So you are all telling me that if you were in a competition where you had a reasonable chance of winning 25k and a pro sponsorship contract, you wouldn't be emotionally involved? You wouldn't try hard and there might be a little drama? Looks great!
  • 23 18
 With COVID and wildfires clamping down most outdoor recreation opportunities here in CA, I've been spending more (too much) time dicking around on the internet and Pinkbike. But breathing toxic smoke, shouldering up to maskless strangers, riding in a literal wildfire... anything is better than watching this turd. If Trailforks user fees help produce content like this in the future, I think I'll just go back to bumbling around in the woods with no idea what trail I'm on.
  • 8 13
flag plyawn (Oct 2, 2020 at 9:45) (Below Threshold)
 Nice diverse cast as well. Looks like a J Crew ad.
  • 2 1
 @plyawn: yes, a homogeneous group of contestants.
  • 3 2
 @plyawn: LOL. Big White FTW.
  • 10 2
 Pinkbikes's Survivor. Wow, looks interesting.
  • 8 1
 Wait, it's already April the 1st? I gotta lay off the Ambien.
  • 6 0
 This looks cool! When can we see the first episode?
  • 3 4
 October 15th!
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: Great Smile Do anyone know how many episodes?
  • 7 0
 Is this real?
  • 6 0
 At first I thought it was a spoof of a reality show, but it’s real
  • 8 1
 So stoked for Vlad!
  • 7 0
 Jason, I love you man.
  • 2 0
 Haha thanks Trevor!
  • 1 0
 @jasonlucas: look how legit and TV-personality-y you are in the trailer! Waow!
  • 18 12
  • 5 0
 What is the Jersey shore "Gym Tan Laundry" of this reality show?
  • 2 1
 Thanks Brian! Much love for putting this on - had so much fun making a video.

Will there still be a fan favorite vote for the international candidates? Either way, stoked to enter again next year. I've been working on my seltzer shotguns.

Love from Vermont,
  • 3 0
 VLAD!!! Of course there's a clip of you with your shirt off spraying yourself down with a hose... Of course there is... This is going to be good!
  • 4 0
 holy shit! this is everything and more!!!! road rules but with mountain bikers!!! mind blown!!!!!
  • 2 1
 Reality shows are complete garbage, how could anyone waste any time in their life watching crap like this as I get sucked into all reality shows that "my wife" watches.... Wonder if she will watch this one with me. Bravo!!!!
  • 8 3
 Cringe level, over 9000. TF is this
  • 8 4
 This is a Joke? Right?....
  • 4 0
 I know that Kiwi! Tom i hope you won!
  • 11 6
 No. Just no.
  • 4 2
 I am old enough to remember that MTV used to stand for Music Television, then they peaked into the 'Real World' and MTV was never the same again.
  • 4 1
 hurgh that reality tv show narration is terrible, the americans are going to love that garbage tho
  • 2 1
 I thought it was gonna be like The Privateer but with more riders, this looks soooo cheesy, I pray that was a tongue in cheek parody...

But still going to watch it of course, just to sneer and act superior ????
  • 5 3
 Hmmmm...Glad to see a privateer get a spansor and contract...but do not want to watch an MTB reality show. I'm torn.
  • 16 2
 I honestly DO want to watch an MTB reality show. It's gonna be so absurd. Can't wait!
  • 1 1
 @roma258: Will it be though? Or will it just be bikes instead of: a Jersey shore, an MMA ring, or a "real" housewife.

I guess I'd have to watch...or you can just let me know.
  • 18 14
 Jeez, this looks awful.
  • 11 7
 Please no
  • 7 5
 Cringed through the entire thing. Embarrassing for the sport of mountain biking. I'm out.
  • 3 1
 Does the Pro contract stipulate that they rides Grim Doughnuts?
  • 1 0
 the survivor feels are real... Watch out Jeff Probst there is a new sheriff in town.
  • 1 0
 Great, a tv show, another one. I can put aside those difficult to read books for a little longer!
  • 2 0
 I predict ORBEA will end up with a very dramatic rider.
  • 1 0
 Oh they have to put Levy giggling like a mad man and curling his hands every time they boot someone.. Come on
  • 2 0
 Getting some real Peak Season vibes out of that teaser...
  • 2 0
 How high were you all when you invented this crap
  • 1 0
 Can't it be more friendly like the Great British Baking Show? I don't need more intensity right now!
  • 1 0
 Shoulda sold this show to MTV. You guys would've made a killing.
  • 2 1
 Bwahahaha. Does the Orange Don make a guest appearance to fire somebody?
  • 1 0
 Where you sign up for next season?
  • 6 5
 Looks too much like a reality tv show
  • 1 0
 Can we get a Trump impersonator to run the show?
  • 2 0
 Kill list!
  • 1 0
 Looks great Smile I will be entertained! Can't wait to check this out
  • 1 0
 I can't wait to watch people cry
  • 1 0
 How do I get in on this?
  • 1 1
 This looks absolutely horrific.
  • 2 1
 Oh no what have you done
  • 3 2
 Yeah, no, I'm good.
  • 13 13
 Why? This is so bad.
  • 7 10
 There's no crying in Mountain Biking.
  • 7 0
 did you watch Steve Peat finally win worlds?
  • 2 1
 You're an idiot
  • 2 0
 Shut tf up
  • 6 9
 epic fail - now PB is trying to be Bravo? WTF...
  • 3 6
 Seriously Pinkbike? Why?
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