The third episode of the Mojo Trail Diary, this time featuring Tim Ponting
With two amazing days filming in Wales behind us, we still had the final day ahead and we had saved the best riding till last. The guys at Eyesdown had already been scouting out the tracks and had to clear parts of the trail of some deep snow the previous weekend and get some cable cams running and set them up before the riders came to play.
For the final day we had DH legend Tim Ponting as a guest rider, Mojo has supported Tim in recent years. Tim is well known for his full throttle approach to riding, before Fort William had the Tissot hip jump into the finish, it was just a huge roller coaster style fade away and Tim would boost it from the top pretty much to the very bottom, he really stood out in the old Sprung videos with his MX style. We were really looking forward to having him along for the final day and his riding didn’t disappoint!
We also had Mojo’s main man Chris Porter and fork technician / enduro racer Joe Taylor along for the day which inevitably made for some big trains and a wide spread of different riding styles.
Again we were greeted with the white stuff and the ground was frozen solid but this didn’t matter with such a talented bunch, before we knew it the riders were hitting the frozen trail at pace with some really interesting lines. Blake looked like he was having an awesome time following Tim down the trail, Tim’s riding is to the point and fast… VERY FAST, whereas Blake is more creative and likes to manual and flick off the features on the track; seeing both of them ride together was an absolute pleasure.
As the trail got steeper the ruts got deeper and the DH racer’s skill set really started to shine through, it’s a real eye opener to see the accuracy and skill these ex world cup downhillers have. Both Tim and Tracy made easy work of the technical trails and really seemed to be at home riding this kind of terrain on their trail bikes.
After a cold morning riding frozen tracks we went to another local spot which is slightly lower in the mountains where the trails had thawed out by the time we arrived. By now all the riders were pleased to get to a spot that wasn’t covered in snow and to actually get their tires to bite.
Tim was looking rapid and was hitting a particular section so hard it looked like he was on rails, after sectioning it a few times to get some different angles the inevitable happened and Tim ate dirt. At this point we called it a day but Blake had one last thing he wanted to do… ride a stream as fast as he could, Chris couldn’t resist either and they both hit the stream at pace and got soaked but they left with huge grins on their faces.
Thanks to all the riders who came along and made this Trail Diary what it was…..EPIC!