Big air means big crashes, and X Games sized big air means even bigger crashes! As perfect as the riding might have looked in the six X Games Real MTB 2021 videos, there sure were some “oh shit!” moments for the riders when things didn’t go quite as planned. Lucky for us, the cameras were pretty much always rolling, so here are two minutes of carnage from Brandon Semenuk, DJ Brandt, Brage Vestavik, Danny Macaskill, Vero Sandler, and Cam Zink. We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again: every single edit in this series set the bar higher than ever before for freeride mountain biking, and we’re stoked to see more.
Standing in the start gate waiting for the air horn to blast is how former MTB Olympian Sam Schultz spent most of his youth. These days, however, Schultz is doing the exact opposite. He’s on the other side of the race tape, giving a mob of preteens the cue to start pedaling. After competing in the 2012 London Olympics, Schultz decided to transition out of racing to pursue something completely different altogether. He’s been hard at work developing Montana’s blossoming NICA league, with hopes
Ripping around on downhill bikes doesn’t always need to happen between the race tape while the clock is running – in fact, it’s usually way more fun when you’re just out there tearing up loamy singletrack in the woods. Vancouver Island’s Kendall McLean knows that feeling all too well – turns out he’s a bit of a loam connoisseur himself. Basically, all we’re trying to say is that his riding makes us want to fire up the shuttle rig and get a few laps in
When Innsbruck debuted its slopestyle competition in 2017, it felt like a showcase of the most progressive riding in mountain biking. And then came the following year, where the riding only got bigger and better. This pattern has repeated itself year after year, with the riders constantly pushing the boundaries of what’s possible on two wheels. We don’t know exactly what happens in Innsbruck that gets the competitors so fired up. Maybe it’s the extra-strong espresso and schnitzel? Regardless,