Live to Ride: The Fire’s Still Burning for Rob Welch - Video

Feb 23, 2017 at 3:15
by Nico Turner  

You might remember Rob Welch for his edits where he’s blasting around skateparks on his mountain bike. Most memorably for his World first 900 on a MTB. He’s not put out any edits since 2013, why? Rob would always pushed himself really hard when we were filming but it turns out that his love for riding and constant need to push his limits were wearing its toll on his body. In 2013 he was diagnosed with degeneration of the patella, essentially arthritis in both legs.

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bigquotes To be told your knee injuries will stop you from riding is never what a rider wants to hear. More so, if you're anything like I am, then it isn't an option. I remember going for a session at Terminal 1 skate park a couple months after my operation and just gritting my teeth and getting on with it. The next day when I woke up, I had to slide down the stairs sat down. Clearly, something had to give. Whilst physically, I could have simply put up with the pain, mentally it didn't add up for me. I'm an all or nothing type of person and not being able to ride to my full potential simply wasn't an option.

Photo thanks to Darren Ellis
Photo by Darren Ellis

bigquotes I had recently gotten a freeride bike as something to mess about on outside of my usual riding, and after I had to take a step back from skate parks and dirt jumping it was the perfect solution. I was finding that I could have long, intense sessions without ridiculous amounts of pain; I had found my focus again, something that I could give 100%.

Photo thanks to Darren Ellis
Photo by Darren Ellis

bigquotes For me freeriding gives me more scope than ever before to portray my love for cycling. Being able to visualise a trail, see it come to life and then ride it was something I had certainly been missing out on! It's funny, 'cause it must sound like freeriding is the best of a bad situation for me, yet the reality is so different. My fixation on skate park riding had just clouded my vision as to what else was out there. In some ways, my injuries have been a blessing in disguise.

You would think that with Rob's move away from the skatepark, the last thing you would see him riding is a BMX.

bigquotes I only actually got on a BMX for the first time six months ago. Mentally, I don't feel as though I have anything to prove with it, If I were to get a dirt jump bike again you can be certain I wouldn't be able to settle for anything less than giving it my all. BMX is new to me and I'm happy having the odd session here and there, and physically I can handle that.

Photo thanks to Darren Ellis
Photo by Darren Ellis

What does the future hold for Rob Welch?

bigquotes For me freeriding is merely the evolution of my riding through the years, I'm humbled by what I have already achieved, but I still have more to give; the fire is still burning. It's hard to say what the future will hold, but you can be certain it will involve two wheels.

Thanks for taking the time out to watch the video and hear Rob's story. Rob would like to thank Liam Dudley from Creation Cycles for four years of support.

Special Thanks // Creation Cycles
Credits // Video: Nico Turner // Photos: Darren Ellis


MENTIONS: @Nico-T

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66 Comments

  • + 35
 sweet. some of these jumps and lines that Rob has worked long and hard on are sick, too! even the ghetto wheel bonk feature :-) great work Rob, and Nico on the edit.
  • + 23
 R.I.P berms. Somebody give this kid a wildcard to fest please!
  • + 2
 @Ziph: This is no 'kid' Wink , and if you read the article, his knees busted so i doubt it could take the abuse of fest!

Rob's definitely one of my favorite riders and the most inspirational rider I've seen in a while!
  • + 2
 @Scotj009: he actually wants to have a go at one of the fests now he is back to riding to his best. Its getting a invite thats the sticking point
  • + 4
 @creationcycles: Dam Eek Man if he brings the same steeze and trick bag to fest, things gonna get interesting!

You guys certainly picked a good athelete!
  • + 21
 Excuse my ignorance but ive never heard of you but youre freakin killing it!! That was such a sweet edit, nice job guys!
  • + 3
 Check his mtb vids out from years ago, well worth a watch
  • + 4
 I'm in the early phase of healing from a second severe lumbar strain in this last year. I have only been "healthy" for 2 months in those 12 months. I totally understand the fear of possibly possibly never being able to ride/ski/be active again, because I'm there right now. Its great to hear a story about a real person who was injured and came back. And his compromise became a passion. Inspiring for me (except I'm almost 50 and don't get rad)
  • + 5
 Glad to have given you some hope mate.
  • + 4
 That should do the trick. Great to see you killing it, Rob. I wish you all the best with what ever you do in the future. tup
  • + 4
 Rob, Nico, Smashed it to smithereens. Rob needs to huck up with the Fest boys, Rowdy!
  • + 5
 That was one of the smoothest things I've ever seen.
  • + 4
 Definitely one of my favourite videos. This is mountain biking, style for days
  • + 3
 So good Nico! Rob killing it like usual.... he is one the best UK free riders.
  • + 3
 Whoa! Where'd that come from?! New name to me, blown away.
Killer riding, great filming!
  • + 2
 Rad! After five knee ops I cant ride like this. Need to see my surgeon and complain....
  • + 3
 props lads, another top edit!
  • + 3
 Where is this guys redbull helmet
  • + 4
 SEMENUK WHO?
  • + 3
 No joke: best video I've seen in the past months...*added to favourites*
  • + 3
 Living the LIFE like a freaking BOSS!
  • + 3
 Absolute killer work! Loved it guys!
  • + 3
 How he made that corner at 3:45 is a head scratcher. Awesome.
  • + 4
 Amazing job chaps!
  • + 1
 Excellent vid Nico. Any idea what the model/name of the bmx at the end was? Thanks.
  • + 1
 Mafia Justice
  • + 1
 @Robmtb16 You're alright like. Prefer it when you're jumping over my head tho Wink
  • + 1
 "I'm happy having the odd [BMX] session here and there"

Why don't my occasional BMX sessions look like that?
  • + 2
 Credit where credit is due. Damn Dope!
  • + 2
 Oh my! That was so much fun to watch.
  • + 2
 That's what I call pure Art ! You must so enjoy your riding mate ????
  • + 2
 Does anyone know what bike he's riding?
  • + 6
 Transition TR500 with 180mm forks and 26inch wheels
  • + 1
 @creationcycles: Aaaaaah. I almost thought it was a GT fury with a 180 fork, but it wan't bulky enough. Thanks.
  • + 1
 Cool vid. Anyone else notice he has a fox fork in the video but has a rockshox one in the final picture?
  • + 1
 Photos are a few months old mate
  • + 2
 That line looks Amazing!! top work bud
  • + 1
 As somebody who has knee arthritis, I am curious to know why freeride is fine but not skatepark or DJ.
  • + 1
 Way less intense mate, suspension soaks up alot of the impact. The nature of freeriding is way less harsh aswell (longer transitions/smoother)
  • + 1
 @Robmtb16: My knee has zero meniscus in it(cushion to those who can't Google it) and osteoarthritis like crazy.
I get it. Riding with the seat up is easier on the joint and sprints on my DH bike make it swell like a melon.
But just riding shuttles, trails and park laps doesn't bother it near as much.
Did sprints this morning imagining trail ride and can barely walk tonight.

Can't imagine cranking around on a BMX all the stomps on concrete, squatting down with the super low seat. Ugggh.

Anyway...One of the best edits I've seen in a while. Enjoy the ride.
  • + 1
 @bizutch: yeah dont get me wrong mate the bmx'ing hurts! But i dont do it often enough to really struggle.
  • + 1
 @Robmtb16: yeah, I can fully understand.
  • + 1
 @Robmtb16: Cheers for the reply. An e-bike is def in my future.
  • + 3
 Freeride ain't dead!
  • + 1
 VOD Best shredit I've seen all your!
  • + 1
 shred fest. This guy has a sick style! -super power whips.
  • + 1
 Seriously there is so much win in this video!!
  • + 1
 5th watch now! BEST vid I've seen in months!
  • + 1
 Super inspirational!!! I want to play hookie and ride!!
  • + 1
 Who the f*ck is this guy? He's dope
  • + 1
 That..was..Pretty.. Kinda...Sorta..SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nice work!
  • + 1
 Shred berm, banger, repeat... sick edit dude, congrats!
  • + 1
 tr250? or a tr500 with fox 36s?
  • + 1
 Tr 500 mate
  • + 1
 I didn't mean to put the silly question marks on
  • + 1
 where is the trail. looks UK but where
  • + 1
 Long pants, singlet
  • + 1
 This guy can ride, sick
  • + 1
 Suns out guns out!
  • + 1
 insane riding! great
  • + 1
 fucking awesome!
  • + 1
 Unreal rob and nico????
  • + 1
 Made my day...
  • + 1
 great video, lovely vibe
  • + 0
 Volvo 4life

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