Video: Vincent Tupin In The Snow at Chatel Bikepark

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This is a rather gobsmacking little bit of video from Vincent Tupin. Not only is he riding Chatel Bikepark in the snow, but, while not exactly riding it blind, you can see by the lack of tyre marks he’s riding most of it fresh. At many points in the video he’s also going sideways, which with a wide angle as wide as you get on most action cams, takes quite a bit of doing to make it show so obviously – he was really going sideways.

It’s not even the foot or so of snow it’d take to create soft landings, just enough to make everything slippery. He has a little lie down near the end and, on a second watch through trying to spot the edits, we suspect there might have been more than one such occasion. Still, all the pros you see riding perfectly in videos practice features and crash a lot… not many of them try wooden features in the freezing cold though. For those of you who are curious, the trail is named Air Voltage.

(No video? Howsabout a link then?)

Vincent Tupin - snow
Note the complete lack of previous tyre treads before he sends this.
Vincent Tupin in the snow
…and then of course he rides a curved one.

David Hayward

Singletrack Contributor

David started mountain biking in the 90’s, by which he means “Ineptly jumping a Saracen Kili Racer off anything available in a nearby industrial estate”. After growing up and living in some extremely flat places, David moved to Yorkshire specifically for the mountain biking. This felt like a horrible mistake at first, because the hills are so steep, but you get used to them pretty quickly.

Previously, David trifled with road and BMX, but mountain bikes always won. He’s most at peace battering down a rough trail, quietly fixing everything that does to a bike, or trying to figure out if that one click of compression damping has made things marginally better or worse. The inept jumping continues to this day.

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