Janine Jungfels Crowned Observed Trials World Champion

Janine Jungfels has emerged victorious to be crowned Observed Trials World Champion at the MTB and Trials World Championships in Andorra.


In Observed Trials, riders cover six sections of a varied and interesting course featuring logs, rocks, rivers and machinery three times, try to accumulate as few points as possible.  Points are given to competitors for putting feet on the ground, with five is the maximum number of points that can be lost on a particular section.

Jungfels , who qualified third for the final, produced a truly masterful performance to finish on just 22 points, defeating Slovakia’s Tatiana Janickova by an incredible 10 points, while Germany’s Nina Reichenbach was third.

The result is Australia’s first ever Observed Trials World Championship title, and just our second ever medal after Jungfels also finished third last year.

Martyn Ashton rides again, popping wheelies on an e-bike

Martyn Ashton rides again with the help of an e-bike!

First test of my new bike electric power opening up tons of new possibilities! Can’t wait to start filming my new video on this beast.‪#‎JoinTheRide‬ Robin Kitchin Productions ‪#‎Animal‬ ‪#‎GMBN‬


In July Martyn Ashton and friends made this incredible video, if you’ve not seen this yet – it’s a must watch.

Crazy Germans Riding a Fixed Rope Climbing Route

VIA FERRATA is a short film about the first descent of a fixed-rope climbing-route on a Mountainbike.

Christoph Thoresen filmed My Bike Ride in the amazing Brenta Dolomites with a drone. Bocchette Alte was not ridden.

At Via Ferrata Benini, Vidi and Sentiero Orsi I rode >90% of all the downhill-sections. It was one of the best rides I ever had, especially the run down into the valley when the Via Ferrata was done and the filming was finished.

But I honestly don’t want to do this ride again. It’s stupidly dangerous, feels triple as exposed as it looks and there is a lot more uphill-climbing and ladders involved than the video shows. You think about doing this tour as well? I really recommend to walk these fantastic route without a bicycle. And only if you then see a trail too…

Chris Akrigg – Bread and Butter

So over the last couple of years It seems that i’ve been getting more and more diverse riding wise, and thats even by my standards!

So i though it would be a good idea to get back on the mountain bike. I packed my shit up and headed down to sunny Spain to hang out with my mate Victor Lucas and his camera.

The plan was pretty straight forward, go up into the hills to find some chilled interesting stuff to ride and just have some fun.

I think this is as close as you could get to what i actually do when I just go out for a spin. Hope you enjoy the different angle…and stay tuned for when i open the taps on this bike later in the year!

Chris Akrigg – CHRISCROSS 2 (Revenge of The Curly Wurly Bars)

Well here we go again, the second instalment of riding the bike with the curly whirly bars and skinny tyres.

We are currently at the hight of the Cyclocross season so i thought it was about time i dug the cyclocross bike out for another spin. I read somewhere that Cyclocross originated for roadies back in the day trying to spice up their winter training. They would race from point to point using whatever means possible, racing down farm track and running across fields with the bike on there back etc.

That was their spin. My back ground is Trials, and this is my spin!

Video: Danny MacAskill’s latest video, just casually riding along a massive cliff

Danny MacAskill’s new video project took the trial rider well and truly out of his comfort zone. Swapping his familiar trials bike for a full suspension mountain bike, Danny travelled to the Isle of Skye, the place where he was born and grew up, to ride the epic trail on the Cuillin Ridge.

The rocky terrain, huge cliff drops and unforgiving lines really put Danny’s famous bike handling skills to the limit, but it was well worth the effort to showcase the Isle of Skye’s beautiful landscape.

Riding the Cuillin Ridge also fulfilled a life-long dream of Danny’s and with the help of filmmaker Stu Thompson and his colleague’s at Cut Media we’re all able to share that joy.

Video: Got Anything Steeper?

Johannes Pistrol rides the Steinerne Rinne from Goinger Halt, July 2014.

The upper section from the summit down to the upper rinne is relatively straight forward, albeit slightly exposed.

The lower section contains the hardest and the most futuristic riding. Johannes didn’t clear all sections but this attempt is the most I have seen ridden so far.

Australian Riders Shine on Day 4 of the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships

Day four of the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships in Hafjell, Norway, was a busy affair with the U23 Cross Country Olympic (XCO) races, Junior Downhill seeding and Observed Trials all taking place simultaneously.

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Cameron Ivory (NSW) was the star Australian of the day, pushing hard in the second half of the U23 Men’s XCO to finish among the top 20 riders.

Ivory is the current Elite Men’s Subaru National Series Champion for Cross Country and Eliminator, as well as the reigning Australian U23 XCO Champion.

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He put on a fantastic show in Hafjell, riding his way up from 37th at the end of the first lap to finish 18th in a field of 96 riders.

Also representing Australia in the U23 Men was Scott Bowden (TAS) who finished 40th, Chris Hamilton (VIC) who placed 49th and Ben Forbes who finished a lap down in 68th place.

In the U23 Women’s race, both Holly Harris (NSW) and Emily Parkes (NSW) had admirable rides in their first year in the age category.

Harris is the current Australian U23 Cross Country Champion and has a friendly rivalry with Parkes, with both often finishing races in neck and neck battles for position.

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Today the Australians were affected by an early crash that blocked much of the field soon after the start.

In this battle of the teammates, Parkes would be victorious, riding well in the latter half of the race to work her way up to 27th place.

Harris finished one lap down from the winner in 42nd position.

Jolanda Neff from Switzerland completed an amazing 2014 adding the Under 23 Women’s Championship to her overall Elite Women’s World Cup Series title.

Australian Results – 2014 Cross Country Olympic World Championships

U23 Women
Emily Parkes (NSW) – 27th
Holly Harris (NSW) – 42nd

U23 Men
Cam Ivory (NSW) – 18th
Scott Bowden (TAS) – 40th
Chris Hamilton (VIC) – 49th
Ben Forbes (QLD) – 68th

Downhill

Andrew Crimmins (NSW) posted the fastest time of the Australian Junior Men in the downhill seeding.

Crimmins, who last year beat both Troy Brosnan (SA) and Mick Hannah (QLD) in an event at the Thredbo Cannonball festival, seeded 7th for the finals after completing the course in 3 minutes 42 seconds.

Fellow Australians Ben Hill (TAS) and Benjamin Dengate (ACT) are seeded 31st and 33rd respectively, while Matthew McCorkell (ACT) did not finish after an unfortunate crash early in the course.

In the Junior Women’s downhill, UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Series winner Tegan Molloy (NSW) claimed third seeding with a time of 4:33, 12 seconds behind leader Marine Cabirou from France.

Australian Results – 2014 Downhill World Championships

Junior Women
3. Tegan Molloy (NSW) +12.444

Junior Men
7. Andrew Crimmins (NSW) +9.885
13. Aiden Varley (VIC) +12.932
14. Max Warshawsky (QLD) +13.593
31. Ben Hill (TAS) +24.119
33. Benjamin Dengate (ACT) +25.303
47. Jackson Davis (WA) +31.451
DNF Matthew McCorkell (ACT)

Observed Trials

2013 Trials World Championship Bronze medallist Janine Jungfels (QLD) again starred for Australia in the Observed Trials event.

After a strong start today with a clean first section, Jungfels put in a consistent performance in each obstacle lap to finish just one step off the podium in 4th place.

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Tatiana Janickova (Slovakia) successfully defended her title to again be the Women’s Observed Trials World Champion.

Our men’s Trials team were in action yesterday in the 26” category.

Both riders finished at the semi-final stage after displaying some impressive skills, with Nathan Mummery (VIC) in 21st place and Lachlan Sens (VIC) 30th.

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Janine Jungfels, fourth in the world!

Australian Results – 2014 Observed Trials World Championships

Women Elite 
4. Janine Jungfels (QLD)

Men Elite 26″ 
21. Nathan Mummery (VIC)
30. Lachlan Sens (VIC)

 

Must Watch Vid: Chris Akrigg – The Man Behind the Lens

This is a real must-match. Chris Akrigg, the man who continues to make trials riding cool with his own unique blend of styles, is an amazing talent. And not just on the bike. Many people don’t realise it, but Chris isn’t just the man in front of the camera – he shoots and edits the vast majority of his videos himself.

In this in-depth video, we learn a lot about how Chris began playing this dual role, the creative process, his short attention span and what keeps him pushing the boundaries on so many different styles of bikes. He’s a truly unique rider and he most definitely keeps it real.

Danny MacAskill strikes again, in a Forgotten City

Watch as Danny MacAskill brings a forgotten city back to life with his latest street trials film. Following on from 2013’s mind-blowing ‘MacAskill’s Imaginate’, Epecuén is the latest film from Danny MacAskill.


Directed by long time collaborator Dave Sowerby, we’ll see Danny take his riding back to the roots of trials riding, exploring the forgotten town of Epecuén in Argentina, a location that has been submerged for the majority of the past 25 years.

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Pablo Novac, Epecuén’s only resident throughout the troubled times, gives a brief history of the location culminating with his thoughts that he ‘…can no longer see what use this place has for us now,’ MacAskill however has other ideas.

Danny MacAskill is renowned for pushing the levels of both his riding and filming with previous releases ‘Way Back Home’ and ‘Imaginate’ accumulating over 50 million views between them; Epecuén is set to raise the bar once again.

Video: Road Bike Party 2 – Martyn Ashton

Road Bike Party 2 is here! Martyn Ashton and two very special guests take you on a new journey with a new bike in RBP 2.

Incredible stunts and amazing tricks all completed on a £15,000 Colnago C59 Italia? It can only be a Road Bike Party! Lycra-clad trials legend Martyn Ashton’s first Road Bike Party was a YouTube sensation, so a sequel HAD to be made, bigger and better than before! Martyn was in the middle of filming when his life was transformed by an accident during a trials display which has left him paralysed from the waist down. Courage, determination and great friends have helped Martyn to complete his vision for what a Road Bike Party is.

Road Bike Party 2 features special guest appearances from two trials riding and YouTube legends.

In the words of Mr Ashton, “Party on”!

Must-Ride: The Canberra Centenary Trail

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine

Long distance riding isn’t something that I can say I enjoy. In fact, it wasn’t so long ago I would have rather rubbed my eyes with extra coarse sandpaper followed by a chilli infused eye bath than go on some epic long ride. But maybe as I have aged I have softened some and every now and then something grabs my eye as a must-do ride – no matter how long it is.

This time it was the Canberra Centenary Trail. From the very first time I heard about the plans for this trail I wanted to do it.  The idea of being able to ride around (literally) the town I live in and explore areas I have never been to grabbed me.

What is the Canberra Centenary Tail? It’s a ACT Government funded 140km (or so) muli-use trail that is a mix of singletrack, doubletrack, fireroad, road, and cycle path which all connects to provide a trail to easily ride or walk around the whole of Canberra. It is designed to be done in sections over multiple days. It was officially opened only a few weeks ago and is one of the hallmark features in Canberra’s year-long celebration of the Canberra centenary.

I had never ridden more than 100km before so it was a little daunting. Riding long distance is actually physically hard for me as I have spent most of my cycling life focused on very short distances and my body type revolts against too much time in the saddle. Usually I cramp, vomit, and then cry at the four-hour mark and I knew I had 10 hours or so ahead of me. But I had a plan; take it easy, go slow, rest heaps, eat heaps, drink a beer or two and enjoy it.

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The essentials. Gummie bears, salted cashews, multi-tool, watch, zips ties, two tubes (I am tubeless but these are good for tyre slashes and snakebite bandages), tyre levers, rim strips, c02 canisters (one wrapped in tape to use for tyre slashes), replacement hanger, rain jacket, spare gloves, pump, torx key (my multi-tool doesn’t have one), co2 head, and tripod for camera.

So, 7.15am yesterday I headed out alone on the trail, right from my doorstep, on a bike I had literally never ridden before. But I didn’t care, I just wanted to ride the trail and enjoy my own company for a whole day.

The ride was amazing and I recommend it to all.  It’s not an epic singletrack journey for the whole 140km but you have to remember that the trail is built for everyone.  The only negative was a lack of signage in the urban town centre areas (the signage in the off-road parts is perfect). The ACT government has yet to complete the urban signage and it did make my trip much longer than it needed to be (I got lost a few times). I was helped along the way by people who know the trail intimately and they acted as my call centre for directions. Make sure you do your research and know where the off-road trailheads are as you’ll be able to navigate with your phone to those points. Detailed maps are here. I can also answer any questions you may have so feel free to contact me.

(If you’re a hard core mountain biker and just want singletrack then the Murrumbidgee River section and the Northern Border region are a must).

In just under 11 hours I finished. Yeah I was stuffed by the end, that goes without saying, but not as bad as I thought. No chaffing, a little bit sore, only lost 1 kg, and had no cramping at all. I stopped heaps, drank beer, sat next to rivers, relaxed, chased kangaroos, got lost, had two meat pies, enjoyed an ice cream, chatted to folk along the way, and took my time. That was my plan. I had finally achieved something I had always dreamed about and that was what it was all about.

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The reward. It wasn’t as hard as I thought and the key was plenty of food, water and taking my time. Not every achievement has to be a race and I am more than happy to have my ride recorded in my head.

At the end of my trip I looked over Flow’s Facebook account and could see all the “Strava” comments. I didn’t even have a GPS or odometer with me and I was enjoyably blind to how far and how fast I had ridden.  It was refreshing, and I will say this as my parting words: Why is everything a race? Why can’t we leave behind our egos and just ride for the sake of it? That way you will actually get to enjoy the amazing environment you are riding through.

I will get off my soapbox now and let you enjoy my day through the photos.

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The morning started early and the weather was perfect as I headed towards the Murrumbidgee River. This section of trail is a highlight for us mountain bikers as it follows a pretty cool river.
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The river was running full and fast due to recent rains and the sound of the rushing water was a nice soundtrack to accompany the singletrack.
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Red Rocks Gorge is a famous part of the Murrumbidgee River and sometimes you will see people rock climbing.
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While some parts of the Centenary Trail are groomed by machines, some are more rural as you cross pastoral lands.
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These signs are your friends. When you’re away from the urban sections there’s little need to worry about what direction to head but unfortunately the urban areas are a little different. It pays to know the major trailhead locations as you cross between urban and off-road.
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Canberra does have beaches. Nice sunny beaches with no people to annoy you and there is actually a nudist beach just down the river from here.
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One reason the Centenary Trail was built was to highlight the history of the region. Several places along the route you are invited to check out historic landmarks and information.
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The trail takes you through some very different things and luckily Canberra has some old linkages that were used to avoid some roads.
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The views are amazing. As you actually circle the whole of Canberra you get many different views of the city, from many different angles.
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Isaacs Ridge is piece of Canberra MTB history. As the trail is designed for multi-use it doesn’t take in any of the pine forest singletrack but if you know your way you could divert for some fun on the way.
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One trail head is hidden right behind the War Memorial.
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My route took me past this place. I should have done a big skid down that hill and then they could have screamed, “stop the bikes”.
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Eating on a long ride is important and the great thing about the trail intersecting urban areas is the ease at getting the extra calories needed. It was actually good as it enabled me to carry less as I knew I would be able find food along the ride with ease.
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What is a bike ride without a bakery stop? Meat pie #1.
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Recent rain meant greener scenery but more water than expected in other sections. Nothing too hard to navigate through and actually better than the dust it could have been.
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Yep, there is a lot of fireroad riding, I am not going to lie. But realistically there would have been no other way to make the trail. I would have been too expensive and probably 350km in length if it was all singletrack.
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As you approach the gates of Mulligans Flat on the north of Canberra it feels like an entrance to a secret military base. I was actually ready for the strip search. Cameras, electric fences, and high security are all there to protect some very fragile and endangered flora and fauna.
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Again, the views take away any pain you may have. Despite what you may think about Canberra, it is set in a beautiful setting and when you ride around the city you get to see how the mountains wrap their arms around the whole town.
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Apart from kangaroos and a million birds (and one magpie attack) these were the only creatures I saw on the ride. It was cold, and that sucked, but it also kept the snakes at bay.
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This was a ride for fun and not a race. I frequently stopped for rests and to explore what the trail was showing me. I recommend that you take your time and do the same.
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NSW on the left and ACT on the right. This is how far north the trail goes.
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The trails along the Northern Border region are an absolute highlight of the ride. The crew at MakinTrax have done an absolutely amazing job in building what could be one of the best sections of trail in Australia.
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This was the hardest part of my ride. It was exposed, windy and pretty hard going as the fireroads and doubletracks were left behind for amazing singletrack that went on forever. If I was to recommend one section of the trail this would be it.
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Canberra really was miniature from way back on Oaks Hill. From there I could see where I had to finish, and it was a long, long way away.
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Refuel and bike check. The trails were a little wet as it had rained for a couple of days prior but surprisingly they weren’t too bad. I was riding a Giant Anthem Advanced 27.5 which was straight of out the box. I had only ridden up and down my driveway and this was its maiden voyage. It didn’t miss a beat, not a single problem, and even with a new saddle I was comfortable the whole ride.
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The Centenary Trail goes right past this landmark. I think I had about 40 kms left before I had completed my loop so I needed some extra carbs to help me finish. At this point I had never ridden further in my life. Any trail that goes past a pub is a good trail.
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You will find yourself on a cycle path or two as you navigate through urban spaces between off-road sections. These are a highlight of living in Canberra. The ease of getting around the city without having to use the roads.
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Hall is a small town north of Canberra and is right on the trail. It’s also a great place to re-supply with food and water – either before or after the long Northern Border section. The trail is multi-directional so you choose which way you go. I went counter-clockwise.
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By now I was too tired to take many more photos but at the base of those hills is where I started. Not long to go now.
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The scenery changes so much as you ride the 140km trail. Never was I bored of what I could see and this cork plantation was one highlight.
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You can’t have a ride in Canberra without seeing these. I wonder if they think we’re dumb to be riding our bikes rather than just lazing around and eating grass.

Jungfels Claims Australia's First Ever Observed Trials World Champs Medal

Queensland’s Janine Jungfels secured Australia’s first ever Observed Trials World Championship medal when she finished third in the elite women’s event at the Cascades MTB Park on Friday.

In Observed Trials, riders cover six sections of a varied and interesting course featuring logs, rocks, rivers and machinery three times, try to accumulate as few points as possible.  Points are given to competitors for putting feet on the ground, with five is the maximum number of points that can be lost on a particular section.

Despite a sensational effort by Jungfels, 25, which saw her record only two ‘fives’ during her round to finish on 17 points, it was not enough following a superb effort by Tatiana Janickova and Gemma Abant who both finished on eight points to take the gold and silver respectively.

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“I’m happy to have made the podium, obviously I wanted to get the title, but not this year, so I will have to come back next year,” said Jungfels, who entered the World Championships in strong form after claiming silver in the most recent World Cup a few weeks ago.

“My first section of the day I had a five and I cleaned it the next two times through, so getting that really put me behind.  Then I got another stupid five in the last lap, in another section I had already cleaned,” she explained.

“You take those points away and I could have walked away with it on seven points.  Just two bad mistakes cost me, but that’s what happens in Trials,” added Jungfels, who unfortunately will not be able to travel to the final World Cup round in Belgium due to the costs of competing.

In the men’s Trials events held on Wednesday and Thursday, Victoria’s Nathan Mummery finished 16th in the 26-inch category and 23rd in the 20-inch.

“Sixteenth for me is awesome, my ride was really good and I am really happy with my performance,” said Mummery.

“The course was very technical and had a lot of fives and cleans.  I had a lot of cleans, a lot of zeros, which is always good.

Why #2 – Ryan Leech

Ryan Leech has ridden mountain bikes professionally for over sixteen years.

Over that time he has been responsible for creating a whole new style of trials mountain biking, performing live in front of tens of thousands of fans and pushing the boundaries of what was considered possible on a bike.

The second in the “Why?” series exploring questions within the bike industry, this short documentary was created as a companion piece to Ryan’s article, “The Cons Of Being Pro”, in which he discusses the pressures involved in performing at such a high level, how they can affect an athlete’s perception of themselves and how they could change.

When Sir Chris Hoy met Danny MacAskill

Two Scotsman: one a YouTube phenomenon and the other a six time Olympic Champion, met up to film a clip in support of Glasgow’s successful bid for the XX Commonwealth Games in 2014.

Street trials and velodrome racing are worlds apart but with some tips from the most decorated Olympic cyclist, Sir Chris Hoy – Danny takes to the circuit for a couple of laps.

Even though we never get bored of it, we are all used to seeing Danny with his iconic orange colored Inspired trials bike and POC halfshell helmet, usually jumping and spinning around town. However, in support of Glasgow 2014 Danny trades in his usual gear for some ‘flattering’ lycra and an aerodynamic helmet to ride alongside Sir Chris Hoy at Glasgow’s velodrome – deservedly named after Sir Chris himself.

In Danny’s own words: “Sir Chris is just a legend and having the opportunity to work with him was quite a surreal experience and to be honest one I’ll never forget!”

Danny has never ridden a velodrome before so putting aside his small trials bike with thick tires for a bigger, faster racing bike with ultra thin tires was a challenging experience. To ride the velodrome you need “pistons for legs” in order to race round the track and take on the steep walls. Visually comparing Danny with Sir Chris – the master of the velodrome – it became obvious that Danny had to push hard to get a good lap time. However, being the true athlete that Danny is, he took the challenge in his stride. But for all the loyal Danny fans out there, don’t worry – it is unlikely that Danny will be switching careers in the near future.

Before the inaugural ride in the Velodrome, Danny put on a little demonstration for Sir Chris to illustrate what street trials is about and what it involves. Sir Chris Hoy, one of Britain’s biggest sporting icons praised Danny for his skills saying: “Having the opportunity to film with Danny was brilliant. It was amazing to watch him negotiate the bollards, walls and handrails on his bike.  He’s incredible and he’s got so much skill. He can turn a fairly mundane object on the street into something interesting and it’s not just the skill, it’s the bravery of what he can do”.

It’s great to see these two biking icons together – both have immense mutual respect for each other’s skills and achievements. Sir Chris’ invitation to come and ride the inaugural lap was nothing short of an honor for Danny – and a great way to start the countdown to the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014.