Video: Mountain Bike vs Road - The British National Champions Face Off

May 10, 2019 at 6:27
by James Smurthwaite  

bigquotesIt's on! British champ vs British champ! Mountain bike against road!

We get Matt Walker and Connor Swift together for a head-to-head race down Cwmcarn's legendary black run, followed by a climb up the Gospel Pass.

Who will come out on top? Who will be the unified MTB and Road national champion? Let's find out!


  • + 58
 Did anyone else think the road biker looked pretty good on the DH bike? Definitely not his first time on a mountain bike.
  • + 10
 yeah man, i thought he rode really well!
  • - 3
 looked like some of the shots may have used a double, early on he was doubling huge transitions but at the end he was casing 3meter/10 foot tables
  • + 4
 Yes, he should switch to XC. Might be a darn strong contender, especially on more tech terrain.
  • + 39
 Just toss that gel wrapper to the ground. The rubbish fairies will pick it up.
  • - 18
flag yupstate (May 10, 2019 at 7:36) (Below Threshold)
  • + 31
 Hammer time
  • + 13
 Good roadie strategy to block off Walker at the top of the downhill! 50 secs is a lot to make up on a single climb. Both lads showed good ability in the other's discipline. For those dweebs who are moaning about the gel wrapper, that was just a start line wind-up and will have been picked up for sure by Swiftie or the team.
  • + 8
 To be fair, the ~2 seconds Swift won by, Walker definitely could have made up if Swift wasn't in his way for the first 20 seconds of the DH...
  • + 9
 Agreed roadies cheating as normal
  • + 9
 I enjoyed this. Good idea with nice aerial shots of Cwmcarn. Just needed more Daryl.
  • + 3
 I’m surprised you couldn’t hear Daryl talking in the van on the way up - that’s a first! Love Cwmcarn
  • + 1
 @aps62: Definitely gagged him.
  • + 5
 @dglobulator: :-) They said if I talked too much, they'd film it at BPW... Nice video, lots of work went into it. Some nice shots of Cwmcarn too. Good effort boys...
  • + 6
 If you look closely you can see my farm in the background on the Roadie aerial shots. I was up there yesterday in fact. It is only 120 m in about 3 km of climbing from the start point to the summit. They should have started much lower down to be fair. And a great advert for Madison to promote the throwing of gel wrappers on the floor too. Remind me never to buy from you again. Twits.
  • + 33
 Why don't you cruise over and see if said wrapper is still on the ground? I took it as a joke and assumed the cameraman would pick it up after.
  • + 4
 Very enjoyable and fun. May not generate the hot debate I suspect they shoot for with most articles these days, but I enjoyed this so much more than a comments section that becomes the focus of the content. Give us more!
  • + 5
 Should do it with the Dutch XCO and Road champion... Maybe throw the CX champion in there to make it interesting...
  • + 1
 Speaking of that, is that really the British road Champions Jersey?
Looks an awful lot like the Dutch(M.v.d. Poel) en Luxembourgish (B. Jungels) ones. those two can be forgiven, as their countries flags are near identical, but the British flag is not equal width red white and blue horizontal bands, why make the jersey like that?
  • + 6
 Fair play to both. Really good performance on complementary disciplin.
  • + 5
 So entertaining! Good one!
  • + 1
 That was a fun light hearted video. Thank you guys I enjoyed that. I think some of the commenters need to take a sedative and settle down. Life doesn’t need to be taken too seriously as can be seen by the 2 riders in this video.
  • + 2
 I hope Walker is OK after today's crash at Fort William. Didn't sound pretty
  • + 1
 Porsche vs Rubicon. The Porsche did excellent on our highway tests, yet fell a bit short on the offroad portion. The Jeep however...
  • + 1
 If they used DH timing rather than Matt having to wait to over take he would of had a much better head start and would of won the overall
  • + 2
 That was closer than I thought it would be...
  • + 3
 We want Road vs Trials
  • + 3
 Trials vs trials! Motor vs pedals!
  • + 9
 @spaceofades: loser has to keep the e-bikes to there sport
  • + 1
 Great banter lads. Great banter.
  • + 1
 Enjoyed this much more than I expected. Great edit!

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