Christina Chappetta, professional athlete and judge on Pinkbike Academy Season 3, catches up with this year's winner, Max Grayston, to find out what it takes to win a mountain bike reality TV show, a pro contract and $30,000 cash, and what he plans to do next.
Huge thanks to the brands who made this show possible!
Orbea, Shimano, Fox Racing, Maxxis, Outside, Garmin, Big White, Stans, Insta360, MRP, Funn, Ride Concepts, SDG, North Shore Racks, ODI, Rimpact, and Squirt.
From your friendly neighborhood armchair expert.
You either get them by being skilled, or in the case of far too many because the person is good looking, and often a chick (and that's obviously not to say women can't ride, or all women are like this. So don't even go there with the sexist bs, you know exactly who I'm talking about). Just being honest. I didn't watch the season so I can't say whether he should have won or not, but he certainly deserves every follower he has imo, and more. He rips
Don't hate the players unless they are taking your paycheck (which I doubt).
I hope they come back with something better next season.
It seems like they set out from the beginning bound and determined not to pick the race guy. They were going to pick the social media influencer no matter how many hoops they had to jump through to justify it.
Since that was the case why not make all the contestants content people? Don’t even race. Just make it a content competition for the season.
Hopefully he won't go the same was as remy , yoann and all those guys hitting their lines on Enduro bike with small helmet (facespank)!
And then it is fair and Max deserve the win for this category ! I think the blame is more on the concept of this TV show than on the result.
Max sounds an awesome guy and he will make great content and showing more about the sea to sky area, which is good.
Also everyone is surprised because Orbea isn't freeride at all !
Well done, Max. Best of luck!
I watched the first two seasons with relative commitment. This season I watched only when I was bored I didn't get through one episode without skipping most of it, and skipped straight to the end of the last one because this season just lacked anything to keep my attention. I doubt I'll attempt to watch another season. Not much value in it as far as I'm concerned.
No one ever said anyone was doing this just for fun. We all realise its advertising and to suggest anything but is retarded. That doesn't mean that people can't see through the bullshit.
Also, perhaps his marketability in NA might be low, but he opens the brand up to an entirely new market with his Finish roots and other European markets.
Orbea keep saying they're looking for a long term relationship, but Evan Wall produced the goods but was not kept on. This shows me what they say and what they mean are not the same thing.
Tarmo could very well be a top 10 finisher in 2-3 years with some development and a solid team around him, but I guesse Orbea will never know...
PBA academy takes itself too seriously. More humor, less pretense.
I would also argue that DH/Freeride is not their heritage, and while they are trying to expand their brand appeal, they are trying too hard. @orbea stop trying to be something you are not. Seems like less than $30K of market research and focus groups could of told you that.
I think you have to be careful as a company having that philosophy. For me it doesn't sit right. People want to support brands who value a core racing pedigree. This season calls into question where Orbea's true values as a company lie. And yes I know, they do have good riders on the roster like Maes.
But this "at the end of the day, it's a business" mentality that wove through this season, was just really uninspiring.
They do? I can't imagine this is remotely true for 95%+ of the people who buy mountain bikes.
IF Orbea really wants to sell bikes they need to be more readily available in Local Bike Shops.
As far as PBA is concerned, well, I wanted to see these people ride. They really did not focus on that at all.
just my humble opinion
As I went about my busy life and somewhat looked forward to the finale when I had time, I was pleased to have it ruined by this idiotic choice knowing the slowest guy rode a green bike.
At least the next Downhill or Enduro World Cup will win Not the fastest, but the rider with the best „social Media“ !!!!!!
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