We loved the whole of Frames of Mind (if you haven’t watched it, you should do so here) but without a doubt, three moments really stood out to us – the Helix, the Bum Slide and the Hitching Post.
Here’s Matt Jones talking about how they came together:
It’s so weird, anyone who’s ridden one I’m sure would say the same. When you do backflips on a bike, you’re rotating backwards but you’re still travelling forwards. With this you ride up but the moment you start travelling back the way you came, upside down is so weird.
This is not actually like a conventional loop-de-loop. We called it a helix or a corkscrew because it was five metres off-set – from where you ride into it and ride out, you could drive a car through the middle, it’s like a rollercoaster one. You have to turn super hard left to cover that five metres.
When I was learning it first, we had crash mats but I still found myself skidding round it because I would freak out about looping out onto my arse. So I’m grabbing the back brake, skidding upside down travelling backwards – it was so strange. It’s muscle memory though, when you’ve done it once, you can just keep replicating it, that was real cool to do.