Blake Rides A Cross Country Mountain Bike | Isle Of Wight 7 Hills Vlog

Blake Rides A Cross Country Mountain Bike | Isle Of Wight 7 Hills Vlog


(gentle music) – [Blake] Hello Will. – [Will] How you doin’? – All right. Will at Wight Mountain
has come to pick me up. We’re gonna go and do this race. My local bike shop. Gotta support your local bike shop, man. Have to. (upbeat music) – Yeah, dude. (loud laughing) – This is Russ. You were doing the e-bike category, right? – Oh yeah. – How far is it? – 26 miles. – 26 miles, do you reckon that’s gonna last? – Not entirely. (laughing) – 26 miles? – Yep, maybe. – Maybe! Maybe. – [Biker] Hey! – More crew coming. (cheering) – [Intercom Man] This event’s
been sort of on and off since 1993. It’s the second year we’ve been involved, with Wight Mountain to get
it back on the calendar, so thank you to everyone for
coming out and supporting here ’cause without you we couldn’t do it. – Welcome to the 7 Hills. Who says a race was a ride out? From one side of the Isle of Wight all the way to the other
side, to an airport. The last time I did this
race was about 14 years ago. Checks points, 3 check points, 26 miles of beautiful, coastal, Isle of Wight riding. Can’t beat it. Let’s go. This is the Isle of Wight. It starts on the west of the
island at Fresh Water Bay and makes its way over the 7 Hills that runs parallel to
the coastline eastward with two checkpoints on route, and ends at Sandown
Airport at checkpoint 3. 26 miles, this is a great warm-up for my cross country race, out in Sea Otter, which is coming up so look out for this video coming soon. (Upbeat electronic music) Gotta follow those yellow arrow sign. Nice! (upbeat electronic music) Ahhh, first descent done of seven. 7 Hills, 7 hill climb, 7 hill descent. Thank you very much. Hill number two. (upbeat electronic music) (shouting) (shouting) Here, oy! (shouting) Car number 3, descent number 3. (upbeat music) All right, we’re coming to the infamous Isle of Wight bike park, which is Cheverton Farm. If you’re interested in
coming over to the island and riding a bike park,
this place is insane. Now, this section of trail is going to lead through one
of the blue stages I think. Not too sure, but it starts
off from the top here. It’s a pretty cool place. (Upbeat music) Hello, mate! – Hello! – [Blake] Hello mate! – How you doing? – [Blake] All right! Where’s- where’s checkpoint number one? – Suh, dude. – [Blake] Suh, dude. Right before I go anywhere, these are the dudes that build the farm. This is Matt, the giant, and Sam Hodgson, he’s a Saracen rider. – Down to the road. – These guys build the bike path. See ya later! – See ya, mate! See ya! – [Matt] In a bit, mate! – [Blake] See ya in a bit! Isle of Wight bike path,
follow them on Instagram. They’re sick! Good bunch of dudes. Through the farm. Huge concrete climb. Block out a front suspension. Nice! Catch my friend Dave. Have you done checkpoint anywhere? – [Dave] No, I thought he said
checkpoint at the other one. That was the last turn around! – [Blake] Top of that concrete climb, You got a concrete road
all the way along here. So we drop down another descent which will be descent number 4. So that means we only got 3 more climbs, 3 more descents. Check point number 1! Thank you very much. Which way? This way. Check point number one. Ooh, unlock the suspension. Cross country bike part hell. Nice! (laughter) Ah, nice, thank you! Do some warming up here. Yo, dude! Free ride. Yep, cheers. Got it. So we just done descent number 4. Just come from over there. Crossed that, descended from that mast. Now, we’re traversing back on ourselves. Let’s get down to that torrid. (upbeat jazz music) All right? (laughs) Oh, punctures! Never a good thing. That was a cool little descent in there. Now we got Tarmac road for a while. Come till I regain energy. Lock on that suspension. (upbeat electronic music) Oh, checkpoint number 2, ay! Snacks! Up here, ay. – We got flapjacks. – [Blake] Nice. – Can’t beat homemade flapjacks. – Ya, all baked last night. – [Blake] Look at that. Thank you very much. – [Deep Voice] Thank you. – [Blake] Thank you. Thanks very much! Look at that. Service. Didn’t expect that at checkpoint number 2. Well actually, checkpoint
number 3 is a bar. Lifesaver, homemade flapjacks. Nice! Hill number 5- or 6? 5- and it’s a steep, techy one. (upbeat music) – It’s muddy. We got a flapjack here. Nice! Climb number 5, it’s a muddy, short, steep one. Nice! (upbeat electronic music) Right, this is climb number 6 to the top of a golf course, and then we drop in this- uh, tar road climb. Ooh, my legs are burning! All right, let’s climb
this, number 6 climb. (Upbeat music) We’ve climbed number 6! So happy that’s over. There’s the last one, over there. That hilltop in the distance
there is the last climb. It’s the Tarmac climb, it’s quite steep. This little descent here, I rode this bit when I did bike packing
on the Isle of Wight. If you haven’t seen that, check it out. Super cool if you wanna know what the Isle of Wight’s all about. Some great cycling over here. Lets descend into number
6 downhill section. All the way down to a chip shop. Turn left, then turn right, then hill number 7! Lets go! (upbeat electronic music) Got a view behind me of the ocean. So beautiful this side
of the Isle of Wight. It’s the east side,
Ventor and St Lawrence, so, so beautiful. I’ve been all over the Isle of Wight, and I still find new trails. Weird. Never ridden this one. Right now, this entire road now, leads us down to a chip shop. Turn left, then turn right. We’re on the last climb,
and it’s Tar Road. 2 hours- (heavy breathing) in- (heavy breathing) 20 miles. 6 more miles to go. Let’s climb. Testing the old thigh
muscles, that’s for sure. (heavy breathing) That’s it! That’s the hardest bit
done in the Seven Hills. Thank you very much! All right, we’re gonna
cross number 7 hill, where we’ll drop into the airport. Bit windy out here but- you remember this bit. Ah, it’s where our bike had to cross. Take a look at this view. Insane. You can hear the airport, hear the airport. (upbeat electronic music) Woo! (electronic music) Ay! – Isle of Wight? – [Blake] Ya, nice! – If you- sort a T-shirt,
they’re over there. – [Blake] Ah, wicked! Thank you! – What’s your name? – [Blake] Blake Samson. – Here. – [Blake] Cool! Thank you very much! (uplifting music) Did the 7 Hills, raced
it, got the T-shirt, done! That means I’ve completed the race. I did it in 2 hours,
something, but it’s so good. This is an epic day. Right on spring. Super cool. And, you know what, this
is on the Isle of Wight- I went to my local bike shop,
the Wight Mountain Bike Shop, and they said, “Man, Seven Hills is on!
You could come do it.” I was like, “Yes!” So if you wanna get doing
something a bit different in your local area, go
to your local bike shop, because they’ll have loads of events that you guys might want to take part in. Just- it’s all about the
community in the area you live in. Cycling. I’m super excited I did this race, ’cause I did it like so, so long ago, and it’s so good to do it again, because this race got
me into mountain biking. So much fun! Hopefully, you enjoyed this. If you wanna see me race
in an XC Race, a full-blown cross country
race, me and Lycra, on this canyon, let us know
in the comments down below. But, if you wanna see me where I took part in a- a- an enduro race on a
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