Video: Jesse Melamed's Wild Psychosis DH Race Run - Crankworx Summer Series

Aug 6, 2020 at 8:33
by Ed Spratt  


bigquotesIt was such a privilege to be able to race this legendary track again. I remember watching the likes of Stevie Smith, Tyler Morland, Sam Hill and Kovarik race this back in the day. It was proper steep and flat out for so long! Jesse Melamed



114 Comments

  • 50 4
 Sam Hill's record was what, 2007? That puts into perspective how legendary Sam Hill is. If his course record can't be beat on a 2021 frame with 2021 geo and 2021 suspension, Sam Hill is a god.
  • 10 0
 I think it was mentioned that Finn threw down 11min
  • 10 2
 Previous record was 12:35 set by Chris Koravaik in 2008, and Jesse did a sub 12 based solely on how long the video clip was on a endure/park bike. So he smashed the record on a non DH bike.
  • 5 0
 @azogas413:

I mean, the gopro footage from Jesse's run is under 12 min, including the extra few seconds to start/end recording. So it seems that Jesse also threw down a run in the 11min range.

Curious to see the full results though.
  • 4 0
 @PB - Are the results posted somewhere??
  • 7 3
 I don't care, it doesn't count with that whimpy new road gap.
  • 10 0
 @lastminutetech: There is a proper highlights video coming out tomorrow that will have the results. Keeping the suspense high!
  • 6 0
 @scott-townes: Agreed, kind of wish it was the proper one but at least they built it back up for us!
  • 9 0
 @damo: I did notice around the 10:00 minute mark that Jesse took a clever little line that I suspect would have been taped off for Psychosis back in the day. But man, what a run!
  • 8 0
 @toooldtodieyoung: there was little to no taping for most of the Psychosis years, you just did the race course run so who knows. It was old school.. first couple of years a lot people wore hockey pads, my "dh" bike was a Foes Weasel with a Z1 and V-brakes lol.
Ripper run by Jesse.
  • 2 0
 @JesseMelamed: Yeah that's true, gotta be grateful they're running this beast again. Its a dream event come true, it must have been so much fun to participate in. I hope they can bring this back next year so a number of the best DH and Enduro competitors can compete if they are able. Imagine Sam Hill taking another race run down Psychosis.....
.... .. ughhugghghhhhhuhgghghhhhh
  • 10 0
 @toooldtodieyoung: It's hard to tape the whole track, probably shouldn't have done that line but I was shown it just before finals and I couldn't unsee it...
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed: hahaha, getting some info from the locals eh....
  • 1 0
 @lastminutetech: they’re supposed to be released tomorrow. Read that on another site.
  • 5 0
 @JesseMelamed: Interesting that you hit it, but Couscous missed it. Frenchies are slipping.
  • 1 0
 @commental: I figure if I've seen it then a frenchie has seen it, but that works more at the EWS
  • 33 0
 George Lucas called... he'd like his Return of the Jedi footage back. Eek
  • 16 0
 pod racing at it's finest
  • 5 2
 @JesseMelamed: they’re called Speeder Bikes....if you’re a nerd...which I’m not.
  • 4 0
 @dubod22: I was thinking more of the pod racing than the speeder bikes. but both work.
  • 3 0
 @JesseMelamed: Thank you for taking a moment to reply Jesse. One of the reasons our sport is absolutely amazing. Beer
  • 1 0
 went from light speed to ludicrous speed after the road gap.
  • 14 0
 I missed something here. Where are full results?
  • 2 0
 That makes two of us. WTF? Are these race runs or practice runs?
  • 1 0
 @Eatsdirt: Seems that it was the real run and the primer for this week says the results will be released on Friday:

www.pinkbike.com/news/pinkbike-primer-crankworx-summer-series-week-2-kicking-horse.html
  • 5 0
 It's being kept a secret until the highlights show so it makes it more exciting! Tomorrow!
  • 11 0
 Jesse has been putting out a lot of good videos lately! Keep it up! Such a shredder and good rider!
  • 4 0
 Doing my best!
  • 11 1
 That was so gnarly, well done Jesse!
  • 7 0
 Thanks!
  • 7 0
 Wow, that was one of the best go pros in a long time!
Its so steep that even the camera can’t flatten it out. Well raced, as always Jesse!
  • 5 0
 So steep! Thanks!
  • 7 3
 Wowsers.
What's the safety protocol on a stage like this with minimal marshals?
30-60secs between 3rd party eyes on the athletes and there's a significant response time to reach an injured rider in the event of a big crash.
I would assume each rider at the vey least gets checkpointed through each marshalled zone over radio?
  • 2 2
 I’ve been racing enduro for the past 6 years and overall I would say that safety is pretty bad. Granted, I’ve only raced BME and ESC so maybe there’s more going on at the top levels.
  • 1 0
 in most races riders are required to stop race runs to help their fellow downed riders.
  • 5 0
 Correct, there were quite a few marshall points and throughout practice and race they would make sure we were all passing through each checkpoint.
  • 9 0
 This is BC, you just pick up the limb off the ground, wether it is a leg or arm, tuck it in your fanny pack, suck it up and finish the race.
  • 1 0
 @jlfskibikesail: for sure. In the event of a significant injury, that's 1 racer to deal with the first emergency (ABC's) then another to descend further to the next marshal for patrol/first responders.
Whilst many of the racers probably have 80-90hr wilderness first aid, they're not packing supplies in their seat boxes.
These guys/gals are balls to the wall fast and significant MOI is a realistic concern.
  • 15 1
 @juanny: Hey Juanny, almost all marshals were ski/bike patrollers. All the first aid attendants were members of Golden and District Search and Rescue as well as ski and bike patrollers at Kicking Horse Mountain carrying full trama packs, vacuum mats and harness. A CDFL equipped helicopter and pilot were on standby in town about 1min away. Every racer was being tracked via radio check in. If a serious crash had occurred the rider would have been packaged and transported via helicopter directly to the hospital faster then a response from most bike parks. As the one overseeing the first aid for everyone on the mountain we took things very seriously. Although I have to admit, it was still stressful!
  • 4 0
 @bradl: excellent insight. Thanks!
  • 6 0
 Lol Dead Dog looks deceptively flat! Nicely done! Good to see this race back!
  • 5 0
 Can't you tell how much I was trying to brake!
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed: no! It looked like you where letting loose! You know it's not flat right? You guys are insane...
  • 2 0
 @Bikerdude137: far from flat!
  • 6 0
 Jesus! Barely a single turn for the first 1,000 vertical feet. Point it and hold on!
  • 4 0
 Actually so insane! unreal to ride it.
  • 4 0
 @JesseMelamed: that’s the best POV run I have EVER watched!
  • 3 0
 @nsteele: You should check out this one: youtu.be/s132WeeuKTo
One of my favourites!
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed: ok, so after watching both of those back to back, I need to go lie down now.
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed: The good ol' Roller Coaster ! Was wondering if you were going to clear that double around 8min. I guess it was not a big deal for you...
  • 1 0
 @nsteele: You're welcome.
  • 2 0
 @gui21st: I've ridden that trail enough times!
  • 4 0
 I can't even imagine how steep that first section actually is WITHOUT the GoPro effect.
  • 3 0
 Extremely steep! Each lap I was holding on as slow as I could.
  • 2 0
 Well, the last time I rode it, my wife was at the top and she genuinely begged me not to drop in. She didn't know that it gets steeper when you get into the trees. We lived in Whistler for 2 years and she was familiar with the bike park, and even rode Khyber Pass/Babylon so it's not like she didn't understand riding.
  • 5 0
 Should be pinkbike's brake test track.
  • 3 0
 My brakes were doing fine the whole way thankfully!
  • 1 0
 There is a point 6.30 or so in when I would be bleeding from every available orifice just from effort that you are on a ridge line with the valley floor visible below and it still looks a LONG way off. I think I'd have liked a rest stop there. Amazing riding Jesse, I guess by the end you are going fast because you can no longer break.
  • 4 0
 I train to be able to ride in control that whole time, and I did well this time to conserve enough for the whole run.
  • 1 0
 This is an amazing footage. And the last section Star Wars like, I mean, like, dude freakin awesome.

3 questions:
- That long climb early in the course, to your knowledge is there anyone that's able to ride it up? And is that actually faster than running pushing the bike?
- Is the taping identical to that in 2007? As part of counting toward breaking the record or not. Asking because I believe there is a section with 2 switchbacks, left then right, where only the outer is taped and I believe Jesse took a French line.
  • 1 0
 The middle climb I don't think is rideable. You're gassed by the time you get there, a sprint with your bike is fastest. If you can... Some sections are different than 2007, the middle got some logging I believe done and a few changes over the years. Also I've noticed the erriosion from weather has changed the trail a lot.
  • 2 0
 I did actually climb it in my practice lap but it wasn't much faster than running and used way more upper body strength. I wouldn't know if the track has changed since then but yes, that was a mega french line and I'm sorry.
  • 2 0
 The hike a bike is very climbable but you use up so much more energy and it’s way slower than running.

The course is definitely different these days but if anything it’s slower. Berms are smaller, erosion is worse, you can’t send the rock roll into RTC (the steep dusty chute halfway down), the road gap is smaller (but probably the same speed).
  • 2 0
 @JesseMelamed: The track has changed in a couple of spots, as there was a mega wind storm about 8 or so years ago that destroyed a couple of sections with massive blow down that now look like clear cuts. One of those sections was more recently returned to close to the original line, but the other never will be. .

Impressed you were able to pedal the hike a bike in practice. I've never actually ridden the course on a non-DH bike, but always assumed it was not possible. At least, I've never been fit enough to climb it after riding the previous sections as I'm pretty gassed by that point already.

Chest cam quality has also come a long way in recent years. That was the clearest footage I've seen of Psychosis.
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed: oh nothing to be sorry about, from where I come from the bigger the French line the bigger the compliment Smile
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed: huge props for that.

It's been really cool to look at you pros ride the stuff that I ride and see how I should be doing it.
  • 1 0
 @kram: All trails change and for this one to be 20 years old I expect it wouldn't be the same. Thankfully it is still just as fun as it should be!
  • 1 0
 @DabaZei: haha for some people yes!
  • 1 0
 Love the videos Jesse! The steep part looked insane...but also kinda fun. I love the loose steeps, as it's the terrain that scares me the most and feels great to get down.

Any chance we could learn more about the training side via videos?
  • 1 0
 Training for this race course or just training in general?
I did 2 videos recently about my gym training
  • 2 0
 There’s just something about being able to hear the breathing that absolutely captures the moment. My wife was like, “That’s weird, turn it down.” I was like, “But I’m just getting into the (breathing) rhythm.”
  • 2 0
 hahaha awesome.
  • 3 0
 Yeah Jesse!!!
Keep pinning it buddy!!!
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  • 1 0
 yoooo
  • 5 0
 *more heavy breathing*
  • 3 0
 Evidently the secret to going fast is breathing hard.
  • 1 0
 The bike was real quiet though!
  • 8 0
 gotta breathe out to breathe in!
  • 4 0
 At around 4:00, the marshal calls him a "huge heckin unit."
  • 2 0
 Dude is a fucking animal! I can barely ride Skyline pinned without stoping mid ride to un curl my fingers. This video puts racing at that level in perspective.
  • 1 0
 Lots of training!
  • 2 0
 wowzers that start looks like a double black ski run, on a gopro nonetheless.
  • 3 0
 Kind of feels like it too!
  • 2 0
 Dead dog is sooo steep. Can't imagine doing it race speed. Good job Jesse!!
  • 2 0
 I think I did it at comfortable riding speed, not racing speed.
  • 3 0
 Holy Crap!!! I went anaerobic watching that! That was a bonkers run!
  • 1 0
 It is so friggin sweet to watch a race speed run down this course!! The bike world has been waiting so long to see this footage!
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed you're one of those pros who no matter how good they get stays humble and true to themselves. I'll be rooting for you in 2021 to take home the title Smile
  • 1 0
 I appreciate that, hard to become full of yourself when there are so many other great riders around you.
  • 2 0
 Glad you couldn't hear my shouting on the climb too much haha Awesome work Melamed!
  • 1 0
 Oh I could hear and it kept me going strong!
  • 1 0
 Fearless run!! @JesseMelamed Dude, you were flying!! Ive been down that track, the speed you were going gave me goosebumps! Effn RAD!
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed your cornering speed is astonishing. What's your tire and rim setup?
  • 2 0
 Maxxis Assegai 2.5 MaxxGrip in the front and DHR2 MaxxGrip in the rear.
  • 3 0
 Kevin Phelps. Hardtail.
  • 3 0
 He is a legend in his own right and everyone knows it, including me.
  • 1 0
 Amazing helmet cam, and lots of nostalgia.
Was everyone running that line at 9:55?
  • 1 0
 You destroyed Skid marks!!! What a blast to watch
  • 2 0
 It was a blast to ride!
  • 1 1
 Loving the videos Jesse.
Have you ever considered a breathing coach?
My dog was getting freaked out pretending to watch PB
  • 2 0
 hahaha I just try to breathe as much as I can!
  • 1 0
 The last few minutes were just nuts
  • 1 0
 Wow!! Feel like I just watched star wars!
  • 1 0
 You’re both legends! Nice work.
  • 1 0
 So gnar!! Full pin to win!
  • 1 0
 Soooo did he beat it?
  • 5 0
 Based on the video length and the old record, yes..
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 S P E E D
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 B L U R
  • 1 0
 Don't think so.
  • 1 0
 15:15
On 26” wheels.
  • 1 0
 little wheels don't pick up as much speed on the steep bits!
  • 1 0
 BEAST!

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