Monthly Archives: March 2012

Houston we have lift off.

Houston we have lift off.

There’s been a bunch of hype surrounding Cotic’s second venture into the full squish market. So as expected ,Cy Turner the one man band behind the entire brand, took his time and got it right before he released it to the masses…

We’ve got a pre-production one for a little while, for a few things… so watch this space. But Joe squeezed in a few laps today around Wharncliffe to give her a bash.

Yes it’s nearly a full steel setup, but don’t start thinking it’s heavy… with a frame weight of around  7.6 lbs including shock, it’s still a competitive trail centre weapon.

It’s a sensual ride, making love to the trail, not ploughing it. Basically, it rides light and likes to ‘pop’.

Watch this space for more bits over the next month….

Photo by Philpod.

Rankin Vs The ManWolfs

Rankin Vs The ManWolfs

What a night it was, what a race it was after and what documents of the whole event we now have. Check out Dirt #122 for a full feature of the night and the race. Here at last is Alex Rankins take what went down at the MachoTailDrop night in Sheffield. It was followed by the Ardcore Ardtails mates race to rinse away hangovers in the snow. What could have been a disaster, turned in to the making of the race as it became a competition for who could take the most snow balls to the face.

The idea for this mates’ race came from a conversation with Alex Rankin about a year ago, we were keen to work together but needed a format that would work for both of us. ‘Ardcore ‘Ardtails was born. The idea is simple, a test of as many aspects of a riders skill as possible in a single race. This took the form of a three parter: BMX track; Downhill and Uphill.

Taking advantage of the excellent track at Bolehills the first stage was to be a one lap, 4 Up, head to head time trial. Finishing position in your moto didn’t matter, it was your final time that would count. A test of your BMX skills; jumping and pumping. Second leg was a single run down the secret single track, BHDH. Again, it was you against the clock, your overall position was the only thing that counted. A test of your bike bike handling skills and bollocks. The final leg was a mass start uphill race back to Bolehills BMX track. Purely a test of fitness and tenacity, this wasn’t time, just finishing position. In an attempt to not bias any leg from the other points were awarded for each leg with 30 for the winner. With Alex on hand to film proceedings and be part of the MachoTailDrop madness the scene was set for another classic.

Sunday noon rolled around and I was trying to shake off a ManWolf sized hangover, I was also shitting it. Having walked each leg of the course, I was wondering if anyone would turn up and, those that did, would we really be able to race? Why? We had about 6 inches of fresh snow. This made Bolehills look almost unrideable and the uphill seem an impossibility. However, you can’t keep a man wolf down. By a bit after noon 16 bikes and riders had appeared on the start hill, most sporting similar ManWolf-Overs and many looking amazing still dressed as ManWolfs. After a few test laps of the track racing was on. It was slippy, drifty, sideways chaos but what could make better racing. Once the number boards were strapped on the first 4 lined up all doubts were cast aside, this was going to be Rad.

Photo: Duncan Philpott

As each four finished their lap the track became lined with hecklers. Hecklers quickly became snipers as the snow was balled up for ammunition. What better way to improve your position than take out your mate. It was great racing with mistakes being made all round and no mercy given. Dave Camus, Mallo, Alec and a few others were all clearing the first on the back straight. Which is more than can be said for John Alexander, who went down hard, Twice!, most amusingly on the last table top. Young Mallo (who had ridden an hour and a half to get to the race) was victorious, with Alec Hartley second and Vet, Rod Fountain, making a surprise 3rd.

We then all walked over to the start of the DH and the virgins took a walk down the 5 corners, not practise allowed. The snow had necessitated an amount of course rationalisation but not the fun. The sideways action was on from the start and those that could control the drifting rear faired well against the clock. Once again taking snowballs to the face was a key skill and Bowman proved most efficient at it, well he got the most practice at least. Some huge off the bikes and rousing cheers made this a stage to remember. Owen Elliott took the win with Chay Granby in second (although a review of the video evidence suggests that Chay cut the course in 2012), and Dave Camus third.

The Two Meter Penis (Photo: Duncan Philpott)

Spat out on to the road at the bottom of the track it was time for the final leg, the climb back to the start. With the Le Mans start arranged and a pre race snowball fight started it was to get the pedals turning. A balls out pedal along the road then a snow covered climb to separate the men from the boys Owen again reigned supreme. Martin Baker showed his fitness and took second with Chay gasping up the hill for third.

With a few prizes left over from the night before we actually had a good selection for the winners to choose from. As a Hardtail race, only those on hardtails were allowed to take home the goods. The left Owen with first choice and amazingly Rod with second. Who’d have thought the grey pubed old codger still had that much spunk left in him. Mallo was third which is a bit of a let down as he is literatlly half Rods again. Must try harder next time Mallo.

Dirt #122 Vs MachoTailDrop Vs Rankin

Dirt #122 Vs MachoTailDrop Vs Rankin

Dirt #122 is out next week and has a 4 page feature on the TiS classic which was MachoTailDrop and ‘Ardcore ‘ Ardtails. Featuring Baybutt‘s and Noel Hines‘ photos along with  my words.

Alex Rankin was along for the weekend and had his camera out at every available opportunity. Friday 23rd March sees the dropping of his latest edit of the weekends adventures to coincide with Dirt Mag hitting subscribers door mats and shop shelves. Watch out for it here and over on Dirt.



Aline Coaching – Gravity Logic in the UK

Our good mate John Paul Jones is a highly qualified coach having spent years in the worlds greatest bike park, Whistler, honing his skills. Once you get past the scouse accent you realise he’s actually a really nice fella who’s very good at what he does. He’s recently been working his ‘hub cap stealing’ mitts off to bring Gravit Logics new instructor development program to the UK, full details of which can be found on his website. However, the highlights are:

Gravity Logic and Terra Method are bringing the Instructor Development Program (IDP) to the UK.

Gravity Logic and Terra Method are bringing the IDP [Instructor Development Program] to the UK. The course will be run by the Whistler Mountain Bike Park Training Coordinator Mike Johnstone, Program Supervisor Tom Radke and Aline coaching’s John Paul Jones.

The IDP course is currently a prerequisite for working as a mountain bike guide and coach at the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, along with Trestle Bike Park in Colorado, and is also the preferred training required by Northstar Bike Park in California.

The IDP is also recognised at various other British Columbia mountain bike parks including Mt. Washington on Vancouver Island and Silverstar Resort in the interior of British Columbia.

Upon successful completion of the course and the acquisition of an appropriate working visa, you will be eligible to apply to work at any of these parks in addition to several other prominent guiding companies such as Ticket2ride and Bear Back Biking, the staff at which are all required to have successfully completed the IDP course (along with a recognised UK course).

The IDP has evolved over the last 11 years in the largest, most visited bike park in the world. In 2011 alone there were over 100 coaches from all over the world who, having completed the IDP course, are using these tried-and-tested lesson progressions for keeping their clients’ risk minimised while delivering positive results.

This makes the IDP one of, if not the, most rigorously tested jump and drop skills courses in the world. In addition, the course is in a constant state of evolution as the sport continues to grow, and is in the unique position of being able to deliver the very best, and most up-to-date skills progressions available.

Both courses are accompanied by supporting literature to assist with revision during the programme, however, the hands-on taught aspect is entirely practical and discussion based.

Cost £650.00

For more information or to register interest for Gravity Logic’s up and coming courses, please

Dates available in April and June

POD 4 2012

Duncan was awarded his 4th POD of 2012 over on Pinkbike over the weekend for this shot of Peaty scrubbing over a rock up in Scotland. A one exposure wonder, Dunc cracked it out first time.

This shot was used for the Trailer of ThisIsPeaty which is a series of web edits following around Peatys antics over the coming season produced by our own Joe Bowman.



On Saturday night a bunch of the TiS crew headed down to the Showroom in Sheffield to listen and watch Chris Akrigg. He was being interviewed by Cunny as part of the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (SHAFF) but details of the format were unknown. However, It was obviously gonna be Rad. I’ve personally been a fan of Akrigg for a long while, going back to his brakeless, Ghetto days when me and my mate John would always email each other when a new edit appeared.

The evening turned out to be a full career review, going right back to how Chris was born on to a Moto trials bike emulating his Dad all the way through to his resent recuperation. Cunny did a great job of guiding the brain dump and effusive flow from the rare beast that is a charismatic Yorkshire man. Akrigg’s stubbornness, commitment and determination are evident in his riding and he wasn’t shy about any of it. Dry, witty and laugh out loud funny Chris detailed his steady moves to becoming the professional rider he is today.

Difficult to pigeon hole and definitely his own man he is perhaps a sponsor’s nightmare. However, this uniqueness and creativity have marked him out and makes him a big draw in this Edit driven and social media market place. A self confessed media whore and part time Art Fag, his progression in riding and video production was evidenced by the showing of a series of his edits throughout the evening.

Starting at Trial Noir and ending with ‘If Not but When’ and step by step, left all the audience wanting more, particularly when tantalising details of the next project were offered. Back dropped by a slideshow of Victor Lucas’ brilliant photos the evening flew by ending with the horrific details of his injury and heart wrenching road to recovery (apparently he was going to try ‘that gap’ ALONE the previous week but it was too windy!). Happily Chris appears as determined and inspired as ever, ready to drop more golden nuggets for us all to enjoy. Hopefully the battle between his body and mind will be won and the surprises will keep on keeping on for a long time to come.

Baybutt on Tour

Baybutt on Tour

Rich Baybutt and a ‘bunch of other old men that should know better’ are currently on an Olympic tour of French BMX tracks…. and shit just got Disco…

Sit back with a cuppa and enjoy the highjinks and high flyin’.

Day 5

Day 4

Day 3

Day 2

Day 1

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