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