Video: Craig Evans Flows Yorkshire's Harshest Rocks in 'Hard Grit'

Apr 1, 2022 at 13:59
by Sarah Moore  

bigquotesLoamers are easy - Soft, grippy, forgiving. Craig Evans is hard, talented and relentless, which is how he's able to make some of Yorkshire's greasiest, squarest rocks look like a flow trail.

Pull up a chair and a pint of ale for four minutes of savagely poetic riding on places tires have never been before.
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Photos by Sam Needham


93 Comments

  • 83 1
 I LOVE this. Don't make the trails smoother. Make your riding smoother. So good.
  • 2 0
 I just don't understand how he found grip for his tyres?
  • 2 0
 akkrig where are u
  • 63 4
 This guy and wharncliffe is what MTB is about. It’s about challenging yourself. Is what bikes are being designed for but not being used for. And I say this as someone who manages a trail not far away. The truism that MTB is the new golf is never more true as trails are built for safety rather than risk over reward. Speed and KOMs have a greater value over technical skill. Bring back MTB.
  • 38 0
 I know what you mean but "bring back MTB" makes it look like there was only technical riding without a stopwatch in the beginning. Look what riders rode at Repack back in the days. That was full speed riding instead of technical slower riding you see here. Mountainbiking should have many different forms of trails and riding. To each their own
  • 5 1
 @bashhard: I get that, you’re right to reference it. But it’s the direction we’re heading in.
  • 10 9
 Im not sure i would call this a "trail" Smile
But humor aside, i doubt such a trail would be rideable for more than a season. Be it because of wear, or because of injuries and backlash (which unfortunately dictate a growing amount of our sports' progression).
I definitely get your point though- here in Israel we got hundreds of km of sanctioned trails, but all too manicured and not a single sanctioned jump or drop.
  • 2 2
 @foxinsocks: country of origin checks out
  • 3 0
 Hope MTB ,is never like golf?
  • 1 0
 @foxinsocks: Shalom! These trails have been around for years, and will probably out-last many others because they are not everyone's idea of fun. So, there you go! Get yourself to the Golan Heights or other rocky place and start building!
  • 5 0
 @nrpuk: hehe, its definitely rocky there Smile
Cool, I honestly wasn't even sure whether those are actual trails or jibbing section. Great to hear you guys are keeping such trails active too, they're getting harder to come by.

And on a side note, why would anyone down vote my original reply?! Lol, did i say something THAT negative?
  • 2 0
 Wharncliffe is epic!
  • 3 0
 Biking is like golf because it's ridiculously expensive. Not for any other reason.
  • 1 0
 You just described the mainstream South African MTB scene precisely.
  • 1 1
 @foxinsocks: Not sure why people downvote? I find it a little bipolar to think of everything as needing to be agreed or disagreed.
  • 19 0
 That was super satisfying to watch. Cheers!
  • 13 0
 Great riding, dude knows how to move his hips! The title is the same as the legendary (in certain circles) 1990s rock climbing documentary which is set in the same area. Is that a coincidence, a rip-off or a tribute?
  • 4 0
 No idea but I’m definitely gonna reference that film whenever anyone talks about a good rider in Utah or whatever. “Yeah, but what’s (s)he ever done on grit?”

Love the video.
  • 13 0
 Tech gnar - love it! Craig has some serious skills.
  • 1 0
 Tech noir?
  • 7 0
 Top notch stuff!!! Borderline Akrigg level, and thats truly the highest compliment I can give.
  • 4 0
 Really nice lines and well put together edit! When I realized he was riding flat pedals throughout that whole thing... even more respect. Well done Craig, best edit I have seen in a while
  • 4 1
 As a international student, i just been in sheffield for nearly 8 months and go to wharncliffe every weekend. There are so much, yes much, so much trails in wrany, from fast easy "blue line" to massive huge big drops and jumps and difficult corners to the trails full of roots and rocks. I love this place so much!
  • 4 0
 Awesome! What an animal. That looked gnarly af! Much respect Craig...keep ripping! I really liked how the editor showed some lines from 2 different angles to give ya a good idea of what it was like.
  • 1 0
 I was just asking where the heck you've been man. Miss seeing you on PB. You gave some good energy to this place. Hope all is well!
  • 6 0
 This where they moved the Stonehenge rocks from?
  • 4 0
 No, they came from a quarry in Wales
  • 6 0
 Fantastic shots.
  • 6 0
 Fantastic
  • 4 1
 Them lines in Wharnecliff woods are so good,don’t get too busy,and it’s only really the locals who know where they are and ride them.
  • 2 0
 A masterful job of pumping and hopping. Average riders like me would be slamming into every rock in that video. As my son in law once said to me, “Are you trying to hit every rock?”.
  • 1 0
 Thanks for the edit, that was a bit of a technical master class in riding rocky lines, so smooth, balanced a d in control. I find these kind of edits inspiring as it's something I can actually do and I can incorporate some of these mad skills into my own riding.
  • 4 0
 That might be top three best mountain bike video if all time for me. Yup, I said it. Top THREE
  • 5 0
 Poetry in motion.
  • 4 0
 Right proper gritstone jank!!!
  • 3 0
 Craig Evans is such an underrated rider, so steezy AND a Hardline winner. What a beast.
  • 2 0
 Nice shout out to DG - recognised a few of those lines from the tech stuff him and the boys have been riding over the years.
  • 3 0
 Respect the Tech (+_+)
  • 2 0
 I only saw Craig yesterday in North West MTB. Such a down to earth guy who it so talented on a bike.
  • 3 0
 Absolutely amazing riding and love the original trail!
  • 2 0
 I'm glad people are rediscovering Gun Club, hopefully an MTB edit to Mother Earth is coming...
  • 2 0
 Anyone else getting the fear from those green rocks? Or are they some super grippy stone?
  • 3 0
 Grit is grippier when its cold and slightly moist (according to climbing types). The green bits are where your skill kicks in. This was my childhood playground, you learn fast where the grip ends!
  • 1 0
 They’re a lot gripper than they look in that area of Yorkshire. It grit and sandstone so it’s like all the rocks have been covered in grip tape. Go to Yorkshire dales or the lakes where it’s wet limestone or slate and things get a lot more lethal.
  • 1 0
 @thenotoriousmic: thanks - hopefully stored in a functioning part of my memory for next time I'm riding up that way!
  • 2 0
 That was really good. Thanks
  • 2 1
 still feel like Craig has so much talent he could compete at the world cups...
  • 8 0
 He did win a redbull hardline…
  • 2 1
 That was dope to see! Would have been even more impressive if it was on a hard tail, the true purist mtb.
  • 2 0
 brutally hardcore yet so delicate. nice work!
  • 1 0
 Interesting edit, did anyone else notice the wheel change? Turquoise hubs vs red hubs?
  • 1 0
 Craig Evans, gnarly rocks, and a song from the Dirt Series. Checking ALL the boxes!
  • 1 0
 Good to see the Valley still excites people all over the world. #stocksbridgesteel
  • 1 0
 My mate Dave reakons Craig is jealous of Danny MacAskill's carbon rims on his #Ebike
  • 1 0
 Anyone named Evans is automatically cool.
  • 6 0
 Chris Evans though...
  • 2 0
 Silky Smooth \m/
  • 2 0
 That was gnar gnar
  • 2 0
 So good
  • 1 0
 Craig is a killer rider, does Akrigg ever ride with the 50:1 blokes?
  • 2 0
 Akrigg is one of the most underrated riders of our time.
  • 1 0
 That was a masterclass - reminded me of watching Akrigg a bit! Killer edit
  • 2 0
 Pure filth
  • 1 0
 this is so impressive. absolutely amazing riding.
  • 1 0
 Ridden with intentionality and purpose!!
  • 1 0
 That soundtrack. On point!
  • 1 0
 Some boy! Quality work lads. Had me hooked.
  • 1 0
 DH tracks should be more like this!
  • 1 0
 Hey Craig, impressive. New era.
  • 1 0
 I can watch this milon times!
  • 1 0
 Give Craig an Eye Patch and call it True Grit
  • 1 0
 what trail are you talking about!!?
great riding!!!
  • 2 2
 We are witnessing the best rider of this time.
  • 1 1
 Teach the pro d/hills how to ride the wet...
  • 1 0
 Nice Craig :-)
  • 1 0
 sick "berms"
  • 1 0
 naughty nanna
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