MATT JONES

Slopestyle is on the back burner as Matt sets his sights on YouTube dom­i­na­tion!

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Merry Christ­mas ev­ery­one! That’s that out of the way, now back to bikes...

In re­cent years, my cal­en­dar has been filled with slopestyle con­tests in dif­fer­ent coun­tries. But since I be­came one of the 12 ‘in­vited’ Crankworx riders, these events have be­come my sole fo­cus. And there are only four of them, which means I have a lot more time to ride close to home and visit new places. This has made it a bit of a no-brainer to start mak­ing more YouTube videos, which I’m re­ally en­joy­ing, be­cause the rid­ing is very dif­fer­ent to nor­mal. Back­flip tail­whips on step-downs have been re­placed with hit­ting dirt step-ups on road bikes. Haha!

I’ve had my own slopestyle com­pound for a few years now but it un­der­went a huge up­grade this year when I built my first pump track. This took about three months, 100 tons of sand, one week with a mini dig­ger and a load of help from the lo­cal lads. Rid­ing pump tracks is prob­a­bly the eas­i­est way to feel good on the bike so I couldn’t rec­om­mend them more – even if it means dig­ging up the gar­den! Now I’ve got some down­time, I’ll be smash­ing laps out there for sure. It’s crazy how a few years ago all I could think about was learn­ing a new trick on a 40ft jump, and now I just want to add more fea­tures to my pump track. Sim­plic­ity al­ways wins!

Show­ing BMX pro Harry Main (left) the ropes at An­tur Stin­iog Matt talks the talk when it comes to dig­ging, but he looks pretty work-shy to us!

His own slopestyle com­pound and now a pump track to boot – we’re rather jeal­ous

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