Now Closed: Pinkbike Academy Season 2 - Launch Your Riding Career

Apr 15, 2021 at 9:48
by Pinkbike Originals  
Pinkbike Academy

Apply Now for the 2021

More Racing. More Action. More Glory.

Pinkbike Academy is back for 2021 and we're taking it to the next level with more racing, riding challenges, two Secret Pros, and a career-changing grand prize. The winner of Season 2 of Pinkbike Academy presented by Monster Hydro will launch their riding career with a pro contract from Orbea Bikes and a $25,000 prize purse.

It's not easy to break into the pro ranks based on skill and potential alone, especially these days, but Pinkbike Academy aims to change that. Last year, Season 1 helped ten incredibly talented riders get some well-deserved attention from fans and sponsors.

Once again we are choosing five men and five women from around the world to battle it out against each other in a series of riding-related challenges at Big White. This year we'll be doubling down on the racing, with our two Secret Pros setting benchmark times so we can see how the contestants stack up against two of the world's best enduro racers. This 10-part series will see riders fighting it out each week with only the best riders progressing through each round for a chance to claim this career-changing prize.

We're excited to produce the second season of Pinkbike Academy and introduce the world to a whole new wave of riders.

Pinkbike Academy

Want in?

The show will be judged by well-known industry insiders and pros, and the riders we select for the Academy will need a whole lot of speed and fitness to compete with the times that our Secret Pros set. Do you have the skills, personality, and perseverance to make it through?

This could be your opportunity to turn your passion into a career. This isn't just free product and small travel budget, but a proper chance at a professional contract and the incredible support that comes with it.

Apply Now

We are seeking to cast five men and five women aged 19-39 from around the world who are able to travel to British Columbia at the end of July (exact dates to be confirmed, we are monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic closely and will be following regional health guidelines). If you're selected for the 2021 Pinkbike Academy, we will handle your travel and accommodation costs.

Please note: it will be a level playing field and all participants will be riding the bikes and kit provided by the sponsors who have made this project possible.

Step 1: Film a 1 minute video explaining why we should choose you. Keep it simple but remember that the videos that show your personality and commitment to riding will help you stand out as a unique candidate for the show.

Step 2: Complete the entry form here.

We can't wait to hear from you and to get this project rolling.

Applications must be received by Tuesday, May 11th

Pinkbike Academy

Huge thanks to the brands who made this show possible!
Monster Hydro, Orbea, Shimano, Fox Racing, Fox Factory, Maxxis, Garmin,
Funn, Ride Concepts, Big White, Trailforks, ODI, and Granite.

Eligibility requirements can be found HERE.
Online agreement and release can be found HERE.
Subject to meeting Canadian immigration and quarantine requirements.


  • 294 13
 Had a blast in season 1. You guys definitely should apply for that dream show !
  • 151 2
 But can I keep my shirt on? You set the bar too high for me.
  • 70 2
 @suspended-flesh: This year all the male contestants wear Vlad body suits so the judges can remain unbiased.
  • 2 0
 My man!
  • 26 1
 ! would apply... but I'm 14. @pinkbikeoriginals take note, I'm coming for you in 5 years, and the show better still be on!
  • 42 0
 Double Crown Addict told me he has already received his invitation for the Pinkbike E-Cademey
  • 1 0
 @timotheysski: Ohh yeah. I'm 14 too butr im coming!
  • 234 5
 You’d be silly not to, even if you lose the social media challenge, it might lead to a job where you get paid to rip Jason’s legs off...
  • 128 1
 My calves have never been so sore.
  • 5 1
 I'm not going to do anymore Vocabulary Translations if you don't start writing in that kooky upside down 'english' matey.
  • 19 0
 @thedirtyburritto: greetings fellow burrito named person.
  • 154 2
 I’m signing up because it’s the only way to get a bike by July.
  • 144 2
 Hopefully this season will include more actual racing challenges.
  • 109 4
 Oh it will.
  • 32 8
 @brianpark: I prefer the corny stuff from last season, and maybe getting you can send them on missions to get cheesecake, like Puff Daddy
  • 85 1
 Here's 3 races for you. 1. Who can chug a craft ale the quickest 2. Who can choose the most gnarly plaid shirt 3. Who can say 'stoked' the most in a 30 second interview after riding a trail
  • 35 43
flag Isuckatjumps (Apr 27, 2021 at 9:10) (Below Threshold)
 Maybe they can bring in special guest and ex- president Donald Trump. When a contestant gets eliminated he can say, "You're Fired"! DRAMA
  • 5 0
 @Isuckatjumps: could do the same with alan sugar
  • 5 8
 @brianpark: I most enjoyed watching Mr.Model die on the climbs
  • 3 2
 @Donley2004: You mean Lord Sugar
  • 6 2
 @brianpark: can it please have something more than just racing. Mountain biking used to have these things called jumps.
  • 56 0
 @luckynugget: huck to flat contest, got it.
  • 6 0
 @brianpark: "huck to flat" high jump contest?
  • 11 2
 @brianpark: And maybe next season lower the age limit to 16?
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: Got to think of the succession planning right, how many more field tests can @jasonlucas 's ankles take?
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: A logistical challenge for sure, but its BC, it would be amazing to showcase a bit more of what we have to offer than dust and shale. Being spoiled with vedder out my back door, I was cringing slightly watching episode after episode of the riders on "those" trails.
  • 76 2
Can I also say:
  • 48 0
 Levy clearly negotiated the new sponsorship contracts.
  • 13 0
 James Hunt didn't complain about Marlboro sponsorship
  • 3 0
 @sspiff: then why is there no donut sponsor?
  • 75 2
 Applicants not named Kyle need not apply.
  • 4 1
 Underrated comment haha
  • 21 0
 They should do a drywall punching contest.
  • 7 0
 Have an "xbox live party abusive language" competition
  • 44 0
 Ho yeah, I'm waiting to see the 2 secret pro turn out to be DCA and Waki. #realitytvdream
  • 19 0
 My guess would have been Jesse Melamed and Miranda Miller, but I think I’d prefer your version. Watching DCA try to ride switchbacks would be hilarious.
  • 6 0
 Well, I thought last season needed more drama, conflict and meltdowns. Your suggestion might do the trick.
  • 33 1
 can there be a junior version?
  • 6 0
 Yes!!! I'd love to partake in that!
  • 12 38
flag TrekXCFactoryRacing (Apr 27, 2021 at 10:36) (Below Threshold)
 I can get on this boat. But for XC. I don't wanna die. Enduro is definitely fun but not for me.
  • 8 2
 @TrekXCFactoryRacing: what about a combo? Hardcore XC!
  • 16 0
 @dualcrownscottspark: DCS vs DCA: Battle of the dual crowns!
  • 3 8
flag TrekXCFactoryRacing (Apr 27, 2021 at 11:15) (Below Threshold)
 @dualcrownscottspark: I got you. All I really care about is timed climbs. I break away in races climbing so Enduro format would but me at the back 2/3 of the results page Smile
  • 25 1
 @shepridesbikes: please no. I avoid DCA at all costs.
  • 23 0
 Today I learned that there are a lot of really young people and really old people on this site.
  • 23 1
 excited to see who the guest racers are...
  • 1 0
 Julia racing again! Would be awesome!
  • 19 0
 Damn I missed the age cut off by 10 years.
  • 42 0
 9 years old eh? Smile
  • 42 0
 Damn, I missed the skill level by about.....a lot.
  • 4 1
 Just use a fake ID. Lol.
  • 19 0
 I like that, women's vs women's and mens vs mens
  • 6 18
flag blowmyfuse (Apr 27, 2021 at 21:49) (Below Threshold)
 You naughty Whip
  • 5 1
 @blowmyfuse: didn’t they ban you for being a tool lol I see nothings changed
  • 3 5
 @SterlingArcher: @SterlingArcher: We should pretend that naughty thoughts don't exist. Would be so terrible to chuckle about sexual innuendo.
  • 4 1
 @blowmyfuse: didn’t they ban you for being a tool lol I see nothings changed
  • 25 6
 Can we have a season that has older ppl, say 50+?
  • 168 0
 No, we recently learnt if you put Americans over 50 together on the trails, they stab each other
  • 52 0
 @zede: That'll be one of the challenges, deescalating militant hikers.
  • 29 0
 @kcy4130: Deescalating sounds way less intriguing to me than a mid race knife fight in cleated shoes, aged BC Bike Race jerseys, and Patagonia riding shorts. Cambodian prison rules only with knives taped directly to their hands. Someone's Royal Robins casual flannel and the leather seats in their Highlander compact SUV are about to get bloody!
  • 7 1
 @snl1200: This is why I love the Pinkbike comments section
  • 2 0
 @zede: truth
  • 16 0
 I'm 51 but I identify as a 29 year old. Application in the mail
  • 16 2
 mandatory entry for Waki
  • 9 0
 ok i am 39, on the upper edge of limit. I have no hope of being pro, but i suppose mid pack in masters cat. is a possibility. Pro at what anyhow? like Paul the punter pro... could be i guess. My social media presence is zero as it all sucks Smile

I have a swedish passport and I'm not Waki. I'm also super funny and quite hot for my age. What are my chances?
  • 10 1
 APPLYING!!!! This is a sick opportunity! I ride DH only currently and I'd still LOVE the opportunity to be on the Pinkbike Academy, season 1 was so sick to watch! Big Grin \m/
  • 11 1
 Do a masters Version... C'mon!
  • 1 0
 /\ This !
  • 31 0
 Too much drug use in the masters division.
  • 6 0
 Grand prize $25K cash or free physiotherapy until age 75!
  • 3 1
 I'd apply for the Masters version. Just as long as I'm in bed by 9.
  • 1 0
 That'd be pretty fun Smile
  • 1 2
 @silverstanktions: I'd settle for a Hot Tub with heavy pulse massage.

And yes, literally looking for one right now. And not for any step-sister videos....
  • 11 1
 Season 1 was nice......But I think bring back Drop-in would be EPIC!
  • 7 0
 Drop-In was awesome. As a guest filmer at a few of the stops, I can say I witnessed some gnarly stuff and great times. Everyone was hucking, and nobody was making much money. It was very "for the love of riding" and it showed. The filmmaking was really ahead of it's time, too. Perhaps Bender will make a PB appearance...?
  • 1 0
 Soooo much thiiis!!! First series about the bus rebuild followed by an old school tour and with guest appearances of original crew, Romo, superT, KinRAD,...
  • 12 3
 They should do a junior version!
  • 7 0
 to much liability
  • 12 6
 I'm still not crazy about the whole reality tv kinda thing. Honestly, why not do grassroots sponsoring for 10 people instead of a pro contract for one? The riding community would benefit more from that.
  • 11 0
 Is what it is, some people like it. I could literally not care less about reality TV and video drama, and won't watch yet again, but I'm not the target audience.
  • 22 8
 I actively hate that PB are trying to drag reality tv into mountainbiking. It's everything bad about the sport in one mindless package
  • 8 0
 Having the pro's in the race will be cool to see how they compare.
  • 9 1
 Can you PLEASE do a junior version?
  • 7 0
 I’d be stoked to see a season with the three best commenters (most thumbs up) vs the three worst...
  • 7 0
 is really from across the world this time? lol
  • 10 3
 Heck yea! Get in on this awesome opportunity!
  • 6 1
 More drama, conflicts and meltdowns this time! Everyone was too cool with each other last time. Think of it as a video version of the Pinkbike comment section.
  • 6 1
 Stoked this is coming back for season two! Maybe I’ll apply again, maybe this time as the mechanic BTS Regardless, hang on tight, it’s gonna get weird!
  • 6 1
 Awesome to see S2 building off of the feedback! Great idea getting a couple of pros to come in & race/train against.
  • 3 1
 Wooooooo. Been waiting for this!! Please do some more fun activities!! Like a spinning wheel with skills and tricks they have to perform.. less enduro focus but keep it gnars to the bars. Beee more innovative. Or hire me. Also i want a cool ass bike hah
  • 3 0
 The irony is that early twenties @brianpark would be rolling over in his grave if he knew that he'd be pedelling Enduro bike reality TV on pinkbike fifteen years in the future
  • 6 1
 Season 3 of PB academy should be mtb youtubers only, Id put my money on Yuka.
  • 3 0
 At 45 years of age I was thinking about finally breaking into the pro ranks but alas they have the age capped at 39 and my dreams of Pinkbike Academy and future Pro EWS fame have been dashed.....
  • 2 0
 I tried watching but the replicated format copied from the Amazing race (which I can't stand because Amazing race Canada did the same thing by copying the American show) especially in the end of each episode ruined it for me. Way too stiff and formal, this is mountain biking where the expression of style and the freedom of individuality are the root of the sport.
  • 5 0
 Good stuff! Excited to watch the next season!
  • 3 1
 Oh my if it were DH only and there was track coverage like a World Cup course... nerding out on track features/segments and on settings, and just SHITLOADS of racing. I would pay good money to watch that.
  • 5 0
 I just want to watch the submission videos american idol style
  • 3 1
 Can I sign up to be a groupie? I am a mean bartender, pack a van like it's nobodies business and would get myself there if the budget was too tight to pay to fly me in. Any criteria for my groupie video application?
  • 1 0
 hi there, I know that the deadline is tomorrow, but is it tomorrow noon or tomorrow midnight? I would still like to enter the competition. The reason I did not enter yet, is that I was busy with semester tests and assignments and could not apply. Is it still possible to enter?
  • 1 0
 Now if only we can get DCA in this. I'm sure you'll get some nice shots of him blaming all of his losses on Shimano and at the end of the show actually following through with his lawsuit against them for making derailleurs. But I'm sure just seeing this keyboard warrior ride a bike will be enough to satisfy us.
  • 16 13
 Oh, monster energy drinks. I'm sure that'll make this season so much more classy than last!
  • 4 1
 How about a junior version? Maybe U18? That would awesome! Thanks Pinkbike for putting on another season!
  • 3 0
 I'm really hoping the treat the benchmark racers like the stig in top gear. That would be a blast to watch!
  • 5 1
 Enjoyed last season, looking forward to this one!
  • 2 0
 There's gotta be a mini academy, for teens and kids, little kids waddling around picking up sponsorships xD. For real tho, that would be sweet.
  • 2 1
 YOLO lemme go buy a selfie stick and burrito so I can show pb how fast I eat that. I guarantee that would be one of their bullshit challenges that would get some other fantastic rider eliminated Big Grin
  • 1 0
 how about we see their application videos and let the public decide who gets to compete? that would make things unpredictable, and the sponsors would get an insight as to what appeals to the viewer / consumer?
  • 1 0
 Might be just oversight but the word enduro is only written once in the piece and it doesn't specifically reference the point of it all. I'm thinking season 2 is secretly a DH contest.
  • 7 4
 so, a competition for Canadians.
  • 1 2
 why do you say that?
  • 4 0
 @Donley2004: borders being closed during covid
  • 5 5
 please do a junior edition, we all know the liabilities are a big deal and stuff but we would be signing up to this knowing that mtb'ing is a dangerous sport... so c'mon. we'd love to do a junior edition
  • 3 4
 Pinkbike you gotta build a filter feature into your submission trail!

Eg: if you dont have a strava stat of climbing 500 vertical meters in x time you wont be considered!

Eg: If you cant ride your bike off of a picnic table you wont be considered!

Eg: if you cant air over your funnest local root section or prehop with speed into a ditch you wont be considered!

Set some minimum requirements!
  • 2 0
 well, I'm not fast or fit ..but I have enough personality to fuel Mike Levy's Screaming Blue Mini Razz
  • 3 0
 do 40+....that would be entertaining
  • 1 1
 I'm stoked to watch another season of Pinkbike Academy. I was pleasantly taken by surprise how enjoyable the first season was, so I'm certain the second season won't disappoint.
  • 5 2
 DO a junior version
  • 1 0
 Juniors can't legally sign their lives away.....
  • 2 0
 Age 19...two more years then I can apply, as long as its still going...
  • 1 0
 I am 15 and really want to apply, I really hope it's still going in years to come!
  • 2 1
 This is good news Smile enjoyed watching this with friends & beers when they come out!
  • 1 1
 Very cool, glad to see this open to people as old as 39. I'm not a competitive person, so not my thing, however, I did some of my best riding at and aroud that age.
  • 4 2
 now this is pure biking
  • 3 3
 Make sure that they’re actually riders from across the world n just from across Canada!!
  • 6 4
 Oh n also make sure that whoever is winning the races actually gets the contract or moves on the next part. Simply getting together n choosing who you guys like more makes the competition pointless since at the end your giving the award to the second place
  • 2 1
 You have said it all brother.. thank you
  • 6 1
 @Theysayivebeentheone: The whole point of the series (beyond entertainment) was to showcase how being an athlete at a high level goes so far beyond just results.

If that's all that mattered pro teams would just pull up Strava leaderboards and drop some DMs.
  • 2 0
 The real Canadian Idol.
  • 1 0
 I'm too old to enter but can I be a judge?
  • 1 0
 I would apply if they had a 60+ version.
  • 1 1
 So I see there is a class for MAN and WOMAN but what about us Non-binary ?? as usual pinkbike shows its hate and privilege.
  • 1 0
 Wont to drop out from enginering for dis But...
  • 1 0
 Soooo when is this gonna air?
  • 1 0
 When can we watch season 2?
  • 1 0
 @jasonlucas when's season 2 meant to be coming out?
  • 2 2
 Well, I'm too old for it...
  • 2 1
  • 16 18
 I will pay money to make this show go away, and I know I'm not the only one. I'm sure we can organize a big crowdfund to make it happen.
  • 3 3
 Take my money
  • 1 1
 what if i want a sponsorship but don't want to enduro?
  • 2 0
 Then you might need to look somewhere else for sponsorship lol
  • 1 1
 Great show. Looking forward to another season!
  • 1 1
 Let’s see some diversity and POC in szn 2!
  • 3 6
 They should have two a female and male, but allow both groups to compete/work together. Making females compete against males directly is really difficult.
  • 6 0
 They outlined this specifically in the video.
  • 9 9
 Oh christ no! Not again.
  • 6 8
 I predict an all Canadian resident cast of riders again. Unfortunately.
  • 10 1
 We are working very hard to bring in some international folks. I'm cautiously optimistic.
  • 3 0
 Yeah, I get it, but cut them some slack. A lot of things working against them that are out of their control.
  • 10 0
 It's frustrating to know that PinkBike holds the solution to the global pandemic but chooses to withhold it simply to protect Levy from getting his ass kicked by Kazimer.
  • 2 1
 @MisterChow: A sphinker says what? I'm not following what you're getting at here.
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: I want In! Damn; too old, but promise you: young at heart!
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