Video: Built Different - Pinkbike Racing EP3

Aug 18, 2022 at 17:23
by Pinkbike Originals  

We all know that the level at world cups is high, but how high? Promising young racers with enormous talent have just two years in the junior category to learn their craft. After returning from a severe shoulder injury, will Pinkbike Racing's Jackson Connelly be able to leave his mark and show just what he's capable of on mountain biking's biggest stage before graduating to race against the elite field?

Photo by Jack Tennyson

Photo by Ross Bell



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62 Comments

  • 149 1
 Pikebike Racing is easily the best content on Pinkbike, bar non. Whatever you are paying Ben, it is not enough.
  • 47 1
 Don’t say that too much we don’t want to have to pay for Outside+ to watch it
  • 10 1
 Fun, genuine, insightful, humble, and generous: wish there were more people like Cathro, and not just in the sporting world. Give that hard-working man a raise PB!
  • 59 0
 Great work. Really brings home what a big impact and opportunity the Pinkbike Racing project is for the riders.

For someone in the know at Pinkbike, has this season delivered enough to have guaranteed the program for next year? Although having seen the racing schedule that seems like three years away.
  • 358 2
 Yep, happy to say the program will continue next year.
  • 18 0
 @brianpark: Excellent! Wish I could upvote that more than once.
  • 3 1
 @brianpark: I really hope the team riders (especially elite male) will make it to the show if this 30 rider thing happens.
It seems like nothing is changing from what Discovery have told us so far, but who knows?
  • 6 0
 @brianpark: Glorious!
  • 2 0
 @brianpark: With the same riders (unless they get picked up by a major) or an all new line up?
  • 40 0
 Connelly's father made me tear up. That dude is a good man.
  • 6 0
 I was at Fort Willam thinking the same thing about my son, who thankfully just flatted. I got a little teary hearing his dad on that one and could feel it in the pit of my stomach.
  • 6 0
 Glad I’m not the only one!
  • 33 1
 These deep dives into the team racers is great. I've heard so much about the Jr. race this year and it's a bummer that info isn't as easy to glean as for elites. I don't watch stick & ball sports, but I hear college is more fun to watch than pro. Maybe it could be similar with Jr. vs. Elite racing? Cool stores of the characters. I'd like some deep dives into elite privateers.
  • 27 0
 There must be a tonne of pressure in his mind, being on this team and doing his best despite injury. Seriously so much respect to you Jackson. You're doing your best, and your best is always enough!
  • 3 0
 Hope he gets another chance next year to show what he can do!
  • 22 0
 In only four short years Ben has gone from starting to cover World Cups on his own, to one of the most talked about people in DH mountain biking, and as a result bringing more awareness to the sport than most corporations. Everyone send good vibes to Ben, let's get this dude in charge of it ALL, muhahaha!
  • 4 0
 I'll second that!
However I think I remember watching him on u-tube back in 2016 & '17. Low budget, the guy was bumming rides and trying to find wi-fi so he could upload at night.
  • 2 0
 @flaflow: cathrovision days
  • 17 0
 if greg minnaar raced fort william in 1997 he'll have raced against two generations of connelly's next year
  • 16 1
 Finally!
  • 13 0
 Really appreciate the effort that goes into these videos - they are on another level. Bravo team!
  • 8 0
 Cool video! Great memories from my own few experiences comming back. But foremost a well done video showing the commitement and pleasure these riders and families have.Not so easy but so so cool!
  • 9 0
 Wondering why the URL includes "game-over-pinkbike-racing".
  • 4 0
 You click and you are baited
  • 3 0
 Because that's the title of the vid - "Game over?"
But the law of headline writing means that if anything has a question mark at the end of it the answer is always no.
  • 1 0
 @thingswelike: Yeah I didn't see that the video appears to have two titles, "Built Different", and "Game Over?". Which is a bit confusing and unnecessary... But whateva.
  • 8 0
 Rad contant. Rooting for ya Jackson!
  • 6 0
 Making Jackson Connelly a star! Loved it, great content. Impressive work getting this out mid-season too.
  • 5 1
 I thought I was watching a deep dive into Friday Fails.
  • 6 3
 Best MTB series since Life Behind Bars. Sell this to Netflix for a series next season for more funding.
  • 2 0
 Please no, not because of the funding, but because i don't want to make a netflix account for only one series...
  • 4 0
 Kids a tank!
  • 2 0
 Awesome content, had me tear up a bit aswell! Give us some more on the mechanics please. Bearded dude seems to be a jewel.
  • 4 2
 Is there going to be a 'where to watch world champs' article coming?
  • 11 0
 Would you throw away twenty-thousand clicks?
  • 2 0
 bunch of awesome ppl they seem
  • 2 0
 "I'm built different" hahaha great stuff
  • 2 0
 Awesome series. Keep it up!
  • 2 0
 These videos are just so good. The Dad is a legend too!
  • 1 0
 Would be awesome to hear Cathro in the commentary box eventually. Cos he's not got enough to do already!
  • 2 0
 Built different stickers available soon
  • 2 0
 *bill diffo mate
  • 2 0
 Flat pedals?!?!?
  • 2 0
 Wait, you guys use clips? I thought it was a joke.
  • 1 0
 I love how he's waddling off through the puts at the end!
  • 1 0
 Boner Killer!
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