The Evolution of the Biggest Trick in Mountain Biking

The Evolution of the Biggest Trick in Mountain Biking


Go. Two, three, four. [LAUGHS] Yeah, I don’t know
how he’s doing it. This is slope style mountain biking.The Freestyle side of the sport
that has pushed the creativity,
and the technicality
of mountain bike tricks,
so far since the first competition,
less than two decades ago.
[UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING] Trick variations and combinations
have become ever more complex. But perhaps the craziest progression
has been in rotations, where riders can now spin around
not just once, not twice, not even three times, but as many as four full rotations
as they fly through the air. COMMENTATOR 1:Dropping in and,
oh, and 1440 and he lands it.
COMMENTATOR 2:How does he do it?[UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING] Okay, the first full rotation.
The three sixty. This trick is a classic and can
pretty much be pulled anywhere,wherever you want,
flat ground, on a jump.
And, to be honest, it’s one of my
absolute personal favorite tricks. So, to walk us through it we’re here with one of the biggest
talents in slope style right now. COMMENTATOR 1:
He never seems to be rattled.
COMMENTATOR 3:
World Tour slope-style champion,
Emil Johannson.The future is now.Emil, how’s it going, man? -Pretty good.
-Nice. We need to give people the knowledge
and the wisdom of how to get all the way to a 1440. So, I think they need to decide
straightaway before they do anything
which way they are going to spin. Yeah. What’s your advice for that? I guess it all comes down
to personal preference. Like a lot of people
before they start riding, before they even thought about it, I don’t know if they ever like done
a 360 into water or whatever. They just spin.
Can’t even think about… Either way they spin, but, usually,
when it comes to mountain biking,most people tend to spin
towards their rear foot.
MATT: Yeah. You ride
with your right foot forward, right? -Yes.
-Right, right, right? Yeah, right. MATT: So, it makes more sense
like the orthodox way,-if you’re doing a 360 is left.
EMIL:Yeah.-Cause it’s towards your back foot.
-Yeah. If I would spin this way, it would mean that I would need
to spin over my front foot, which means that my chest
is pointing in the wrong direction towards my head,
or compared to my head, but if I spin this way,
I have my whole chest open up, and I could spot the landing
earlier. Yeah. I often tell people
to look at their back wheel. So, if you’re gonna spin left, you look over your shoulder
at your rear. If you’re gonna spin right,
look over your shoulder and keep staring at your back wheel
until you land pretty much. To actually generate that rotation, it’s all about
turning up the take-off, or do you think it all happens
once you leave the ramp, and you’re in the air. The momentum
in your body starts in the lip, but you should not turn off the lip because if you turn off the lip,
you miss the landing. We use the term “carve.” So, you actually carve up
the takeoff, it helps to come in at one angle,
and then almost correct yourself. So, you don’t want to turn
off the lip and what Emil means by that
is right off the corner of the jumpinto the bush, river,
whatever’s next to you.
And then you try to land it. Perfect.
Right, you’re spinning left. -I’m spinning right.
-Yes. -Should we do a little train?
-Yes. Come on then. Let’s do it. [MATT LAUGHS] MATT: I love that trick. What did you think of that? You can 360 something very small,
can’t you? Yeah. So, do you think you could do a 360 on that very small roller
right there? Basically, there’s no takeoff,
there’s no ramp, you’re gonna have to generate
this spin. So you’re gonna have to think about
all the stuff we’ve talked about, all of those key ingredients, if you’re going to land this trick
right now. Landing off the lip. Here we go.
Let’s see what I could do. Which way should I go? From there? I don’t know that’s your problem. -Okay, I start over there.
-All right. It looks better, I think. MATT: Come on, this is huge. Yeah, I’m ready. MATT: Let’s see it. [UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING] MATT: Wow. Well done, mate. Thanks
for the lesson and that was a 360. We’re thinking about
two full rotations now, which is the 720. [UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING] So, you have now landed a 360.
What’s next? Well, you have to double
the rotations.You need to go all the way up
to a 720
and that has become a pretty
popular trick in recent yearswith riders adding
in their own combinations
and their own variations like
bar spins, tail whips, no handers,
and, of course, opposite rotations,spinning the opposite way to which
you normally, and naturally would.
So, how are we gonna get
the 720 to work? Well, you’re going to need to be
extremely confident with your 360. Confident enough to hit a
bigger jump with twice the airtimeand spin twice as fast,
and that’s no easy thing.
It’s not as simple as just
carving harder or spinning harder, even though, that’s necessary. In fact,
there’s really key body positions that are going to help you
spin faster, like you see with gymnasts
and high divers. They straighten out their body
and that allows you to spin quicker. Straight lines spin a lot quicker
than big loose objects. So, where at 360,
the comfortable position might be to be nicely tucked up,
arms and legs bent, a 720 is completely different. You need to have your hips
on the handlebars with your arms and legs
as straight as you can make them, and twist your body
all the way around. I could talk to you like this
in the 720 position. So, a 720,
you need to spin extra hard, but I think it’s extremely important
in where you look.So, I look at the ground,and then I actually look up
to the sky
for the second half of the rotation,
the second 360
and for some reason
that just keeps me upright,
so that when I come around to land,
I feel like I know where I am,
I’ve spotted the landing,
and it just works.
And that’s about it.
If you can do a 720, you’re halfway there to breaking
World Records of rotations. And then we’re looking forward
to a 1080. [UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING] The 1080, nicknamed the “twister.” Now, this is where
it starts getting really difficult.On the Crankworx World Tour,the top-tier event
in slopestyle mountain biking, only three people have ever landed
the 1080 in competition. COMMENTATOR 1:
Nicholi Rogatkin, Diego Caverzasi,
Dawid Godziek. Insane!So, the latest addition to that
elite group is Dawid Godziek,who took the 1080
to the next level in competition.
He took his hands
off the handlebars. [COMMENTATOR 1 LAUGHS] COMMENTATOR 1:Whoa,
no supports 1080 no hander. Come on!
Dawid, are you crazy? Uh… -No.
-You must be crazy. I’m just spinning like crazy,
but I’m not. Yeah, a 1080 is a big trick. Like how did you get that leap,
that extra rotation? Uh, actually, I’ve seen Nicholi
doing 1080 like the twister. So, I ask him how to do it
and he told me. He told you? I was riding BMX, so he told me. You weren’t a competitor
at that time. And now we’re here at Crankworx and you’re head to head,
twisters everywhere. COMMENTATOR 1:
Nicholi Rogatkin, Dawid Godziek
winds up,
gets the twister right there.
And the twister
right way afterwards.
COMMENTATOR 2:
What did we just witness?
So, when you’re spinning around
that fast, the obvious thing in my headis how’d you know
where you are in the air?
How do you spot your landing?DAWID GODZIEK:It’s hard to say,
but after first spin
I think I can see the landing
right here. -Under your armpit?
-Yeah, yeah. So, I am looking
at the landing all the time. So, I know
if I need to spin faster or not. Yeah. It’s amazing. [UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING] What do you think
it is about mountain bikes that makes these crazy rotations
harder than on BMX? -They’re bigger, they’re heavier.
-Yeah. And the big wheels,
the big wheel spinning. They don’t want to rotate
like a BMX does, right? Yeah, yeah, yeah. So, you need the
bigger jump and like harder muscles. -Just the full core package.
-Yeah. So, yeah, it’s exciting. You got twisters, you got 1080s, you got the twister no hander and it sounds like you’re pretty
close to the 1440. -Yeah. Maybe one day.
-I am excited to see it. You’re going to be the second rider
to ever land one on a mountain bike. [SOMBRE MUSIC PLAYING] COMMENTATOR 1:Less than
24 hours ago he landed a 1440.
Can he do it for the first time
in a slopestyle run?
[CROWD CHEERING] So, Nicholi, the 1440. You landed it
for the first time ever at Red Bull District Ride in 2017.
How did that feel? Man, that felt absolutely insane. I had the twister,
like pretty dialed in and then they just gave us
that absolutely, ridiculously, massive step-up jump
at District Ride. With the crowd there, I just had to
send it, and somehow it worked. Put the extra rotation in there
and incredible feeling. So stoked. COMMENTATOR 1:Dropping in.All the speed he can muster
out of that run
in the 1440 and he lands it.[CROWD CHEERING]That was even smoother
than last night.
For the first time
in mountain bike competition
at the end
of an absolutely banger run,
Nicholi Rogatkin drops
the first ever front cork 1440.
It’s like four full rotations. How do you even begin to know
where you are in the air? Man, if I’m honest with you, I carved so hard
and spinned so hard off the lipthat I actually don’t see
really where I am,
until I come out into that last bit.So, when I go off, I actually count,
one, two, three,-and then I open up.
MATT:Then you see it?NICHOLI:Then I see that
little bit at the end.
I can’t see anything,
everything’s just a big blur, but, if you count,
you’ve got the feeling. So, you count the first 1080, you don’t see anything,
you’re blind, you’re just counting. Fully blind, fully blur, fully,
like a rollercoaster blurry ride. [CROWD CHEERING] COMMENTATOR 1:Nicholi Rogatkin.NICHOLI: Yes! Yes! So, you’ve tried it once before at a
Crankworx event, Rotorua 2018.What sort of jump
do you think it takes?
Because, obviously, you came up
a little bit short there,
but what sort of Crankworx feature,what jump you’re actually gonna need
to land that in an event?
Man, I think that jump at Rotorua
is almost perfect. I just needed a bit more step up
because, you know, when you have a lot of time
going up on that trick, then you can come down
and control the landing at the end. But when it’s more of a double, there’s so much rotational force
coming out of it that it’s really hard to control
that last bit, and put the wheels down
after four full rotations so… I can’t even imagine. Basically, a last big-money booter,
mellow lip, but tall, and step up, there’s
the dream for the 1440. Huge airtime. Huge airtime
that’s what’s necessary. But, do you know how long
you actually need in the air to do a 1440? Man, no idea. It feels like ages.Feels like ten seconds in the air.Feels like everything…
I mean it’s so fast.
MATT:Really? It all slows down.NICHOLI:But it’s such a big jumpand such a big airtime
when it does happen
that it just feels like…
It feels like forever in the air.
What if I told you
that at District Ride in 2017 you had only two seconds of air time
to do four full rotations. -That’s all you had.
-Dude, that’s… Like can you imagine trying to do
that on the ground now? [UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING] All right, are you ready?
Three, two, one. Go. One, two, three, four. Two point six five. Go! Two, three, four. How do you think you did? |FABIO WIBMER|
I think it was like a two point one. -Two point five.
-Oh, two point five. Oh, damn it,
I don’t know how he’s doing it. [UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING] There’s no way
you can go faster than that? Oh, my God! I feel sick. Why would anyone
ever want to do that though? I’m putting my helmet
and goggles on for this one. FABIO: One, go. [FABIO LAUGHS] How did I do? You were like a three point eight. Three point eight? You would probably need the
biggest jump in this whole world. I almost had it. But you actually spin faster
than that on your bike than you could even do
in a car park. That’s crazy. I guess it’s the
rotational force off the lip, the heinous car that gives me
that extra point six that I need. So, yeah, it’s not even possible
without a bike, and, yet, on a bike you’re the only
guy in the world that could do that. But, man, I’m dizzy after that one.
And after a real one, I’m not dizzy. My brain, literally,
can’t process how fast it happens. Like right there
I was like processing four rotations but in the air this kinda happens
so you don’t feel the dizziness. Obviously, you were at
Red Bull Joyride, this is Crankworx, Whistler. Are we gonna see the 1440 right here
at this slopestyle contest? Oh, man. I can’t give that away. It’s, obviously,
the ultimate crowd-pleaser. The ultimate big move. So, I’m, obviously,
hoping to bring it out, but– Could you do it? I think it’s possible, but I also
thought it was possible in Rotorua and that was a big slam. So, I’m, obviously,
trying to bring it out. If I feel the confidence,
and if I need it to win on the day, then it’s gonna be sent.
So, hopefully, soon. -Thanks.
-Cheers, dawg. COMMENTATOR 1:
All right, look at this.
This is what Red Bull Joyride
is all about.
We called it the Super Bowl
of slopestyle for a good reason.
Without further ado,
let’s get this on.
What?COMMENTATOR 3:
Front flip on this side jump
changing in the air
with a 360 tailwhip.
This is a huge cork 720.COMMENTATOR 1:Straight
down the middle with a twister.
COMMENTATOR 3:A huge twister.COMMENTATOR 1:
What will it be on the dirt feature?
1080 twist. Oh, my gosh.COMMENTATOR 2:The parachute spin,
the showmanship. This is amazing.
Emil Johannson has won
Red Bull Joyride 2019.
Well, there you have it.
We didn’t see the 1440 at this year’s Red Bull Joyride
but the trick is still out there. And I’m sure
we’re going to see it soon. In fact, we might even see it
from one of you watchers at home, spinning four full rotations. If you are keen to check out
more cool bike content then you can check out
Red Bull Bikes YouTube channel, and my personal YouTube channel,
Matt Jones, for way more awesome
mountain bike videos. Thank you, everyone. Legends. [UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING]