Now Streaming: Natural Selection Proving Grounds Hour-Long Broadcast

Sep 21, 2022 at 15:20
by Alicia Leggett  

Last weekend's showdown at Proving Grounds was epic, and for those who missed the action, Natural Selection has put together an hour-long video recap using some impressive drone shots that will premiere September 23 at noon PDT.

Find a preview below:


PRESS RELEASE: Natural Selection Proving Grounds

The Natural Selection Proving Grounds Super Finals featured a stacked field of the world’s 30 best men and women in freeride mountain biking linking creative lines through massive wooden features and prime dirt jumps, gaps and berms. A one-hour show produced by Natural Selection and Freeride Entertainment under the lens of the Natural Selection Tour’s signature, Emmy-nominated racing drone POV angle flown by Gab707 (DRL) will also stream for free on YouTube.com/NaturalSelectionTour starting Friday, September 23 at noon PT. The show will broadcast nationwide on ESPN2 this Sunday, September 25 at 3PM PT.

Rheeder arrived at the venue this week to support girlfriend Casey Brown, and seeing the course decided to enter as a wild card, notably in his first contest appearance in nearly three years. Rheeder qualified in first. He put it down on his first run in the Super Finals, earning the top score of 93.25.

Rheeder shared that he now has different goals coming into competitions, “It’s me against myself. Today I battled myself and I won. And it happened to win the contest—which is sick. But I wasn’t prepared to go and try to battle it out.” He added, “Seeing everyone again and seeing freeride mountain biking right now, all the spectators, everyone here—that’s the most important thing and that’s the reason I came, so the win, that’s the cherry on top of the whole experience.” Rheeder also had enthusiasm for his single crown fork, “Now I get to implement the riding I used to do in slopestyle here on a freeride bike and it’s super exciting. It’s like the most exciting thing to take all that experience and knowledge and put it into this new thing, which is Proving Grounds.”

In the women’s field, last year’s winner Camila Noguiera returned confident and ready to go big. She left it all on the course, tackling huge features from top-to-bottom and earning the claim as the lone woman to hit the 26-foot Bomber Drop at the bottom. “I wanted to do something gnarly and was looking for the last big drop. I’m strong and can do big things and that’s what I did. My focus was on doing a huge line with the biggest features.” She earned the top women’s score of 82.75 and the i9 Heart & Soul Award.

This is the first bike event under the newly-formed Natural Selection Tour and Proving Grounds partnership. Travis Rice, professional snowboarder and Natural Selection Tour co-founder says, “There are a lot of parallels to what led us to create Natural Selection Tour including a need from the riders, the industry and culture. With Todd Barber at the lead, we decided to partner with Proving Grounds because we see incredible potential for what this event is and what it can be.” Rice adds, “Today was completely incredible, and ultimately we are just here to support this event and the riders, and appreciate that working together we all have better chances to succeed in realizing the vision for the future.”

Find more from Proving Grounds 2022 here.


27 Comments

  • 12 1
 Dylan's run was so good to see.
  • 7 0
 That was such a cool event to actually go in person to witness. None of the craziness of Crankworx, super chill vibe and everyone in a good mood.
  • 3 0
 very cool to see a big freeride comp with so many top to bottom complete runs. Is this format going to become a tour like the Natural Selection tour in the winter? Because that would be amazing
  • 2 0
 That area seems like an awesome place to live. Prineville, Redmond, Bend Or..there's also Mt Bachelor nearby. Dry weather, plenty of nice days to be outside, mtb, snowboarding etc
  • 4 0
 It’s an amazing place! But bring your own Brinks truck full of cash for living in Bend and or Redmond. Yikes!
  • 2 0
 Just moved here, it IS amazing. But yes, very pricey these days for sure.
  • 5 2
 I've been to Prineville a few times as a side trip from Sisters, Bachelor, Bend. Fascinating enclave of *mainly* trumpian white christian nationalists, so leave any progressive ideals at the county line. Not a big deal to me, but that's facts. On the other hand, direct-sun, barely-fenced weed farms flourish along the smaller roads surrounding town. Gotta love 'Gonians.
  • 1 1
 It’s good, cost of living is too high, the people moving here don’t appreciate the outdoors and bring their city culture to the mtns. It’s happening everywhere, kinda sad to see. I’m raising kids here… I still teach them to say hi on the trails but those days are all but gone. Dudes roll by with their necks straining to see what kinda bike u ride versus the face that’s saying Hello. The city of Bend has no steerage. Nobody at the going to become a nightmare here if growth continues. Sewers can’t keep up. Roads can’t keep up. Etc. Used to be great access to the mtns here. Now there’s mad traffic, permits needed for wilderness, and generally bland trails for riding.
  • 7 3
 This is going to be insane….
  • 8 1
 Actually it was insane, right?
  • 23 1
 This is going to have been insane.
  • 5 0
 @jeffrocx: That reminds me that my mom always pointed out that, for example, party laps on A-Line are not, "so fun", they are "such fun". Feel free to correct random strangers on this if you overhear them saying something was "so fun" in the lift line at your local bike park.
  • 3 0
 @The-Foiling-Optimist: I like it just because it sounds so wholesome. Such wholesome? Your mom sounds like a treasure, be good to her.
  • 4 1
 So stoked! Can't wait to watch & see what they bring to MTB!!
  • 4 1
 Fired up. Great event Todd!
  • 2 0
 Michelle Parker gave Cam a run for his money on the mic. Great commentating team
  • 2 1
 Pro tip. It's 2022. Show it live, everybody saw the runs on ig lol
  • 1 2
 Thomas Genon is French now????
  • 2 4
 So it's not live riding? Why are they doing this as a live show?
  • 2 1
 Guessing it's possibly a promo idea to create a buzz.
  • 2 1
 Everything is upsidedown nowadays in our world. So they probably thought that showing the results first and presenting the show later it would be a good idea.
  • 1 2
 ...." and for those who missed the action"..... this is a recap. Please try to keep up or just enjoy what you're given here free of charge (except for the cookie$).
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