Video: A 12-Year-Old & a 20-Year-Old Rip Down the Same Trail

Feb 10, 2021
by Jack Hanson  



Pinkbike grom Jacob Lingemann and downhill racer Alec Grogan-Crane team up for an edit to showcase both their skills and different riding styles on the bike.




Jacob Lingemann, just 12 years old, has been constantly progressing his riding and has already surpassed many adult riders.


Jacob Lingemann going massive on this right hip, landing in the second landing that very few can reach.

Alec at age 20 has been racing regional and national downhill races for years, and is known to have raw speed with a healthy side of steeze


Alec scrubbing this right hip to stay low while doing an oppo-whip.



73 Comments

  • 70 1
 And a 27 year old comments. Sweet
  • 3 0
 +6
  • 5 0
 There is something extremely satisfying about that last send being timed to the music.
  • 41 0
 I used to be Jacob’s neighbor. He’s not specially skilled or gifted or anything - he practices all the damn time, really works on his skills, and loves riding his bike. And he’s a super nice kid. Stoked to see him get some coverage.
  • 23 3
 That's what people don't realize, especially with these groms. It's practice, practice, practice. And it's not just go out and ride your bike (though they do a lot of that), it's focused practice on specific skills, whereas many adults just "go for a ride."

My kid, like Jacob, is on his bike every single day whether it's a BMX, DJ, or trail bike. We've got an inch of ice on all surfaces right now with the entire area shut down, and he's asking me if I think he will be able to ride the skatepark later today. Yesterday, he was out riding until dark while the ice storm was starting. I know it's a hobby/sport, but these kids are absolutely dedicated to it at the same level of young pro tennis stars or golfers or basketball players.
  • 7 1
 You guys hit the nail on the head. My 6 year old loves to ride and puts the time in. His 9 year old sibling wants to be as good as him but she doesn’t put in the time. Then gets bummed her little brother is better. I keep telling her you have to put the time in to get a solid baseline of skills.
  • 9 0
 I think most of us would love to put in the time, but you know....adult life consists of very little actual free time once you’ve gone to job, sat in traffic, gone grocery shopping to feed the family, cooked, walked dog etc.
These kids are so lucky to have amazing trails to ride as well that pushes their progression.
  • 1 5
flag postrock (Feb 11, 2021 at 8:48) (Below Threshold)
 @Hogfly: @meathooker What are you doing to teach your child about the value of digging and not complicating efforts by local trailbuilders to unsanctioned trailbuilders? Builders are having a tough time with kids who want to reveal locations and not ride by the conditions given to builders from landowners because their parents are just letting them out unhinged like the world of trails is free. I look forward to your answer.
  • 4 1
 @vindee: Not sure exactly what you're asking. My kid digs with his friends on private land with permission and participates in trail days and work days with his NICA team. We don't really have a big problem in our area with rogue trails (yet), but he probably learns as much about trail access issues from all the builders that he knows and the community in general as he does from me.
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flag postrock (Feb 11, 2021 at 9:55) (Below Threshold)
 @Hogfly: So it's not just practice, practice; but ride, practice, preserve trail access and respect the privileges of trail variety given. The circumstances of this video are not similar to the privileges your kid has and parents that aren't getting their kids out digging, but instead are only enabling them to ride without encouraging the etiquette needed to preserving trail like this are threatening their existence daily. A lot of parents discuss their kids riding, even often film it, but rarely discussing how they can help preserve those trails. They don't because they aren't involved. By the looks of your location, you're in one of the few spots that doesn't battle with access to trail like this. Most trail lines across the country would be bulldozed that aren't on a private plot of 4 acres+. And in the circumstances of this video, this very much can happen, because kids weren't taught how to appreciate trail use for the limitation alone of simply using the trail, scrapping hundreds of hours of trailbuilding effort. Something parents needs to teach more about.
  • 2 1
 @vindee: Yeah, I don't really know that much about California trails, other than to know that access is a real issue, and it seems like half the trails people ride there are "illegal."

The issue that we're starting to have crop up is that a lot of the younger riders don't think that the trails being built here are hard enough or steep enough, so they're starting to build rogue lines. As of now, the trail overlords don't seem to mind too much and have sort of given silent permission. But that could definitely change if we end up with unsafe trail intersections or other issues that create user conflict problems.
  • 52 13
 Breaking news: People of different ages ride the same trail.
  • 9 2
 No way!
  • 2 0
 Really? Who knew?
  • 2 0
 @filthyphill: how?
  • 3 0
 My four year old rides the same trails as me. Wait, what does that say about me?
  • 3 0
 If it's not on Strava it didn't happen
  • 21 1
 Love seeing young talent in the spotlight. Now if I could just aspire to be that good when I get younger.
  • 9 0
 That drop looks soooo much bigger in person! Practically zero run out. Impressive riding by both these guys!
  • 5 0
 That drop is waaaay gnarlier in person.
  • 3 0
 @diggerandrider: yeah... it’s the runout that gets me
  • 2 0
 Terrifying in person. I looked at it for about 5 seconds before I said a big Nope!
  • 7 1
 Both these kids are absolute shredders! I typically look to athletes my same age for motivation/inspiration because I'm impressed with what some people can train their 37 year old body and mind to do, but these dang kids are motivating me to boost/shralp/drop a little more.

P.S. I didn't know the term "oppo-whip" but it makes perfect sense and is stylish as hell.
  • 7 0
 We miss the 40 year old making everything look more difficult
  • 2 0
 Add Wade Simmons to (over) represent the mid-40 year olds!
  • 1 0
 @chrod: Good call!
  • 7 1
 Hell yeah boys! Stoked to see you guys ripping and making the sport thrive!
  • 8 1
 Damn that kid is badass.
  • 6 1
 When you are 20 and the 12 year old shows you up... Now he knows how I feel at 46!
  • 6 0
 Two squirrels share the same nut
  • 2 1
 the kid have more style than the 20years guy... Why some people are sooo smooth on a bike ?
  • 2 0
 Great riding and filming! Keep em' coming!!
  • 2 0
 This trail looks like a blast! Great riding, damn.
  • 2 1
 The dads here can *feel* the stoke in the kiddo's last send -- love it.
  • 1 0
 Heartwarming father and son stuff here. Wholesome AF.
  • 1 0
 @mattyfatty69: Is this where the trail is?
  • 1 0
 kid shreds
  • 1 0
 Ripping! This is dope.
  • 1 0
 EWS in 6 years
  • 1 0
 Hell yeah boys!
  • 1 1
 @mattyfatty69 thanks for the info! I'm going this weekend after the rain!
  • 1 0
 Shredders!
  • 1 1
 Ender clip was boosted
  • 1 1
 Status sighting!
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