MATT JONES

Sum­mer’s nearly out, but there’s al­ways time to squeeze in a few more rides

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writ­ing these col­umns, be­cause things change by the time the mag­a­zine goes to press. Right now, I’m about to leave for Spain to com­pete in an FMB Gold event, and then I’ll fly to Whistler for the hugely-an­tic­i­pated Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx. So, by the time you read this, I’ll have some more rad sto­ries to share!

The past few weeks have been insanely busy for me. But in­stead of trav­el­ling to con­tests, I’ve been close to home, film­ing a video with Red Bull that’ll be re­leased at the start of Oc­to­ber. We started build­ing a su­per-unique course back in April, when I was out of ac­tion with a bro­ken wrist, so I had to fig­ure out what crazy fea­tures to build with­out be­ing able to test them. Then film­ing be­gan, for 15 days, with the most in­sane slow-mo­tion cam­eras and tricks on fea­tures I’ve al­ways dreamt of build­ing. I can’t wait for you all to see the project, as it’s pretty dif­fer­ent and ex­cit­ing. But you’ll have to wait un­til next month!

To all the young rid­ers re­turn­ing to school – try to squeeze some rides into the rest of the long(ish) evenings. And to all the par­ents – well, you fi­nally have some peace again, so get out and ride!

Matt puts his tech hat (OK, Red Bull hel­met) on to talk through Marin’s funky-look­ing new Wolf Ridge for the cam­eras It can be a tough life be­ing a pro­fes­sional moun­tain bike rider...

Mas­sive jumps? Check. En­ergy drink? Check. Bar­spin-ready brake ca­bling? Check. Matt’s good to go!

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