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Scott Marshall, Mr Speed Kings to you, just beamed over some bonus retro World Cup footage from 2009.

“I Just wanted to pass on a bonus video shown at a packed Speed Kings Showing in Edinburgh. The video looks back at my first year on the world cup scene in 2009. Its 25min long so your viewers might want to put the kettle on…”

“2009 was the year in which Mountain Bikes really came back into my life. I received a phone call early in the year from Stu Thomson at MTBcut. He asked if I’d be interested in heading out to the World Cups to produce daily update videos for MTBcut along with Chain Reaction Cycles Team Videos. It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. Luckily my employer at the time was very understanding and aloud me the time off.”

“Up until this point I had barely travelled and had only ever been to a World Cup in Fort William. To be sat on a 12hr flight to the first round of the 2009 series in South Africa was nerve racking but equally exciting. My adventure kicked off from there when my taxi driver got completely lost trying to find his way to my B&B. ”

“It took me 20+min to walk back in forth from the track everyday taking in streets with 6ft barbwire fences, raging guard dogs, the roar of crickets come night fall. Sleeping in airports, slow/no internet, I attended 6 rounds in 2009. I met so many brilliant people along the way, witnessed some amazing riding and topped it off with a few wild parties. ”

“I learned so much in that one year I put myself through it again in 2010 to produce my film Speed Kings. It looks like 2011 is shaping up to be bigger and better again.”

Pietermaritzburg, La Bresse, Andorra, Fort William, Maribor and Schladming were 6 of the tracks that year (plus Mont Sainte Anne and Bromont) but can you remember who won what, where and the overall?

If you want to relive the 2009 season then check out our Dirt archives…2009 World Cup news starts here.

And DirtTV 2009 world cup videos start here at Pietermaritzburg.


  1. Furaxrider

    Nice! I’m itchin to ride so bad but I gotta wait at least 2 more months :(, so sick of winter!

  2. billy

    Get some lights and get out for a night ride..scares the beejesus out of yourself on the descents!

  3. marcus

    sick! appreciate the post in one vid like that

  4. craig

    speed kings video looks mint. if only i was rich

  5. Furaxrider

    @billy, we love night riding but it’s kinda hard when there’s 3 ft of snow in our trails. I know, lame excuse. I should be using 5″ wide tires right?

  6. Leon

    Forgot how awesome labresse was , hope they bring the WC back there some time

  7. marsha11

    @Leon La Bresse is back on the World Cup calender for 2011, August 6th & 7th

  8. dirt dodger

    great vid for free!! fair play Mr Marshall, it was nice to look back @ 09.

  9. tarbett

    was marshall a freelancer back then or did he work for a company?

  10. leeam

    brendan at 23.02… WOW! the way he snaps out of a corner and still has the strength to wheelie out.. wow


    Nice to hear new orders transmition again!

  12. craig

    penny farthin is on it,,,
    CAPTAIN new order? or joy division??? ay ay ay

  13. simon

    yo wtf is up with the fuckin nissan ad at the bottom that you cant get rid of and fucks up your video. fuck.

  14. john

    He was not a freelancer at this time tarbett

  15. g

    Freaking awesome as always. The best videographer out there by a mile that finally seems to be filling to void that was left by Rankin. Amazing shots, harmonious music, tight edits and no slow mo!

  16. Spooky

    Gotta say, thats arguably better than Speed Kings itself…wish those extras came on the disc!

  17. Eedubz

    Yeah! That’s me in the brown tee on the back of the truck in the opening sequence : D

  18. Cord

    Absolutely mega, best filming i’ve seen in ages, somehow this dude makes MTBing look rad!!!!!

  19. jonny

    that was EPIC really sweet vid!

  20. mr b

    Great vid, dude has serious zoom skills.

  21. VonDH

    Amazing bike edit.action,Music,inspiring to watch

  22. Will Soffe

    Love it. Really well filmed. Fun vibe. And obviously fantastic riding :-)


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