Live to Ride - Episode 5

Mar 16, 2011 at 14:49
by Russ Clark  
Get ready for the penultimate episode in the Live to Ride series. Big tricks down south with Matt Jones and a muddy day of downhill at Cannock Chase.It was difficult to do this series without visiting Chicksands. It's such an accessible place in so many ways; it's easy to get to, has enough features to keep every level of rider happy for a full day and most of the trails are weather proof. However, I have always had one small problem with it. Every time I've been over the past few years it's looked exactly the same. The trails were well worn with braking bumps and exposed logs in the jumps. There were never any new features and I felt like I wasn't really getting my money's worth. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that the dual track had had a complete makeover and a huge section of the four cross track had been rebuilt. The dirt jumps were still the same, but then it's difficult to improve on perfection. We had a big session on the jumps and then had a few runs on the dual track - classic day at Chicky!

The featured rider in this month's episode if Matt Jones. Matt is a Woburn local (a Wobal, if you will) and I've watched his develop over the past year into a dirt jumper who is scarily good for his age.

Flip no hander, Woburn. Photo by Szymon Nieborak -

I asked Matt for the all important personal info:

Name? Matt Jones
Age? 16
Where are you from? Woburn, Bedfordshire
Any Sponsors? Identiti Bikes, Halo Rims, Gusset, TSG, ODI
Are you going to stick with 24" or move on to 26" wheels in the future? I'm planning on moving up to 26" wheels on the larger Identiti P66 frame later this year for more stability on bigger jumps. The time has come.
If you could only eat one type of Potato for the rest of your life, what would it be? It would have to be crisps! No doubt about it.

This is Matt giving us a perfect example of how to send it. Photo by Szymon Nieborak -

Last month I got an exciting email from One Industries about sponsorship for the Live to Ride project. sixsixone, Sunline and Maxxis are supporting me this year and we decided to take a trip to Cannock Chase DH trails to show off the new kit. I don't usually favour flat pedals for DH, but as it was soaking wet and they were brand new, I thought I'd give them a try. The Sunline V-One pedals were perfect for the job. I had plenty of grip and even considered riding flats for DH more often, possibly even racing with them - what's happening to me?! The 661 Carbon Evo helmet was a pleasure to wear all day. It is so light and comfortable that you hardly notice you're wearing it. I won't say too much about Maxxis tyres as most of us agree they stand head and shoulders above their competitors.

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Next month is the final episode for this series and we've pulled out all the stops to make it a good one. We've got World Cup rider Matt Simmons showing us how to ride really fast at his local trails and back to Woburn for an early season dirt jump session. Spring is almost here!

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  • 7 0
 these things get me so excited to ride....
  • 1 0
 love these videos, so original...where abouts is the place the guy was doing DH?
  • 4 0
 Cheers mate, the DH spot is at Cannock Chase, Staffordshire. Go to for more info
  • 2 0
 Hard to find original shots at those locations because they are so small. Props to Matt for flipping the middle one at chicsands though, that's scary.
  • 2 0
 matt has flipped the first on the middle line at chicky, then tuck no the second and 3'd the last several times back to back. crazy little mofo, he never runs out of energy Razz
  • 2 0
 Great episode Russ, Matt is super talented and his bro Jono is sick too! I gotta get to Chicky for that Dual track, it looks awesome. Looks like you were enjoying Cannock in the wet too!
  • 2 0
 oh man, I used to ride there when i lived in the UK and I used to ride there with my dad, and I'm the same age as this guy, and holy cow, I never knew cannock chase was so popular
  • 2 0
 Whoa so much Eyecandy, those purple Hubs and Rims on a Plain Frame look so Sweet and that Dual Course from 2:05 looks so much Fun!
  • 3 0
 wooooooooo yeah cannock chase Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Hell yes!
  • 1 0
 Wooo style cop.
  • 1 0
 This is brilliant Nico and Russ, the write-up's almost as good as your riding. Can't believe that it's the last episode next.... Frown
  • 1 0
 Watch this space...
  • 1 0
 i really wanna ride
my bike is as near to diealed as it will ever get (rubbish)
the ground is dry
all my m8s r already out there
but i have the f*cking flu!!
  • 1 0
 looks pretty awsome, will try and get up north sometime...theres nothing where i live!
  • 1 3
 Not as good as the other episodes by a long shot,but still a wicked addition to the series.FAVED.for sure,and still a huge fan.Keep it up lads.

Gringo. Salute Camera
  • 1 0
 10/10 Nico, Russ and all involved!
  • 1 0
 Idze Rak, Nie Bo Rak, Jak U Szczipnie bedzie Rak!!
  • 1 0
 nice episodes , i have a tshirt with live to ride - ride to live
  • 1 0
 Is that a bit of the wrekin there at the end for the next episode?
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  • 1 0
 More so at the Ercall
  • 1 0
 wheres that second location? other then chicky

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