Get ready to enter a new dimension of colors, smells and sensations. El Hierro is the youngest island and also the smallest of the Canarian archipelago. Everything in it is more authentic, deeper ... more wild. Of course, mountain biking is also more exciting when you practice it in such an extremely special environment as this special island is.
Over the last decade the level of riding seen at the world's biggest slopestyle events has gone through the roof. Almost every season it feels like there's a new trick or combination that eclipses what came before it. To stay at the top of such a sport requires an incredible amount of training that puts both bike and body on the line.
Stretching through high mountain meadows and down deep winding valleys, the trails of Sun Valley, Idaho are absolutely world class. The trails themselves hold a special feeling, built from the legacy of pioneers and visionaries exploring the region. Rocky Mountain Bicycles’ athletes, Thomas Vanderham and Sam Schultz, set out with their sights set on singletrack, tapping into their instinct for adventure.
Thomas Genon is one of the most stylish slopestyle athletes out there. However even the steezy and versatile Belgian is not immune to injury and a broken foot at the beginning of the year cost him quite some time on the bike.
These two races had completely different challenges...
In Val di Sole Myriam had to defend her World Cup lead and it was a very stressful week for the whole team. Even though she crashed during her qualifying run, she stayed focused until the end and did what she had to do in finals - a clean run, crossing the line in the lead! When she pulled it off we all exploded with excitement and watching the video still gives us goose bumps every single time!
Two weeks later the crew flew to Cairns. Jungle, kangaroos and crocodiles... You definitely know you’re in Australia! Pompon was super motivated; she was having fun on track and knew it everything was for the taking. She had already wrapped up an amazing WC season and anything more would be a bonus.
By now, you may know how the story materialised but in short, she came second and finished her season, super stoked, with a silver medal!
Australia is fraught with danger! In the run up to World Champs Rachel takes us exploring in Cairns, she survives the threats of the jungle, the jellyfish and the crocs but the perils of the track are just days away...
Everything is two wheels with Luca Shaw. In this episode of THE SYNDICATE, we head back to North Carolina to hang out with Luca and his family, check in at Vallnord and Lenzerheide, and then head back to the states to do some riding in Pisgah.
"Without doubt the Pyrenees of Catalonia are a jewel we have in the national geography, if we had to qualify them in some serious way as the gem of incalculable value. Landscapes of film, water, vegetation, gastronomy, activities, good weather and of course: mountain bike of the highest quality "David Cachón