Shimano teamed up with Cam McCaul to look at what made him a rider, and the mountain bikers of the future. There’s an emphasis on play, a good dose of dirt jumping, and a disregard for fear that many of us will wish we still retained (if we ever had it).
It brings home the point that a place to play, that kids can get to under their own steam, is really important. Lockdown seems to have produced a flurry of diggers in the woods – and with it more conflict with other land users. Perhaps it’s time for adults to help make sure that kids like these have spaces to play on their doorstep – urban bike parks, local pump tracks, even sanctioned dig spots?
And what does the kind of riding we’re seeing these kids do mean for the future of mountain biking? The video shows a mix of NICA style XC racing and freeride back flipping. Do we care – or are we just glad they’re out on bikes?