Is This The Scariest Mountain Bike Race Track? | Blake Rides Champéry

Is This The Scariest Mountain Bike Race Track? | Blake Rides Champéry


(lightning crack) – Oh my goodness, me. There’s a cliff up there. Welcome to Champery everyone. Is this the hardest
downhill World Cup track that the world has ever seen? I don’t know, and I’m here to find out. Oh man, oh wow. Ugh, oooh. (goats bleeting) Oh my frickin’ gnarly, dude. Nearly bends it. Looks gnarly. (goats bleating) Lay off the brakes, Blake. The whip! Oh, I’m so scared. Whoo-whee. I am no downhill rider. I’ve never ridden a World Cup
downhill track in my life. But I found myself in
the Swiss Alps, Champery. One of the world’s craziest,
hardest downhill tracks that the world’s ever seen. Like if Danny Hart and Sam Hill
can get down it in the wet, surely I can get down in the dry. It doesn’t look too steep from here. But I think it gets steeper further down. I’m scared, man. Let’s see how hard it is. Let’s see, ooh, I, just, anyway, let’s go. Alright, up. (high intensity rock music) Oh my goodness, me. Alright, I’m not hittin’
that, I’m not hittin’ that. I’m so scared (laughter). That’s the first bit. Judge me all you like, but it’s my life and I quite enjoy it and
I don’t want to jump that. I’m gonna carry on down, see
how steep it really gets. Oh-oh. Oh my (beep). (high intensity rock music) Oh my goodness me. Oh that’s a steep turn. These are alright, actually. A bit rocky. Oh, this could be slippery in the wet, I can tell you for sure. Oh man. Oh, this is nice. Oh yeah. Yep. Oh my gosh, that’s scary. Fast section. Oh man. Whoo. This is literally the side of a mountain and you’re comin’ down it so fast. Like, I’ve just ridden this section here. Look at that. You’re comin’ so fast through here. Duh-duh-duh, duh-duh-duh, duh-duh-duh. And then you gotta kinda
slam on your anchors but still keep your speed, maintaining it. Into this little berm, then
you just gotta commit off that. Bunny hop this, land there,
you lily pad the next one, duh-duh, on the brakes quite hard, into another left hander,
right hander, left hander, and then I’m guessing it
just gets steeper and steeper the further we get down. But so far this section through the woods, yeah, pretty cool. (high intensity rock music) Oh wow. Just gets steeper and steeper. Oh no, look at this. Oh, oh, (laughs). Oh, that was slippery, that was slippery. Oh, finally. Oh. (high intensity rock music) A little history lesson on this track. There’s been so many
amazing track lap times, wins, everything, we’ve got Danny Hart in a crazy wet condition
and then you’ve got this one which is kinda forgotten, it’s the legendary
second place by Sam Hill. Well, Matti Lehikoinen, Finnish rider, knew that at two o’clock in the daytime it would dump with rain
so the track would get super slippery so what he
did, it was pretty clever, he put in a slow qualifying time, which made him set down the list, droppin’ in first, you know, kinda right at the
beginning on a dry track. He put in an insane run,
put him in the hot seat, he did take the win but when Sam Hill dropped in on an extremely,
extremely wet track he came into this exact corner, a big slab corner like this, wet, he slid out, he slipped,
he crashed down there. He got back on his bike,
he completed his run, and ended up in second place. That is probably the most
legendary second places ever in Downhill World Cup. I’ve got goosebumps thinkin’ about it ’cause he, man, it was insane, ’cause all of the media are
all on him and not Matti. He was like, come on, man, I won. But Sam, he was like, aaah, he crashed, he got up, he got second. Let’s hope I don’t slip
out, this is a dry day. I’m gonna take the highline
and go down it, scary. (high intensity rock music) Ho-ho, oh my goodness me,
that was frikkin’ gnarly dude. Wow, alright. Well this, I feel like, the track went a little different here. It went, oh, did I through there, or around through the trees that way? They kinda made it a
little bit easier now. This was a few years ago
so they made it easier. Still looks steep, that
bit there looks gnarly. You snake your way down through
there which looks gnarly. This stuff’s so steep you
can’t, you can’t even get up it. I’m gonna ride down this stuff. (high intensity rock music) Oh wow. (high intensity rock music) Ooooooh, lay off the brakes, Blake. Oh, nice. Okay, droppin’ in. This looks, oh my goodness
me, look at the state of that. (high intensity rock music) Oh-ho, wow. Oh this bit’s finally gotten (inaudible) Oh, what’s down here? Right, fact time on this course. And it’s this step down. Look how big it is, it goes
all the way down there. And the first person,
person, and it wasn’t a male, it was a female, and
it was Tahnee Seagrave. She was the first person
to jump this step down all the way down to there. She crashed, she got back
up, she pushed up to the top, she dropped in, she jumped
it, she cleared her. She was the first person and
she was only 15 years old. I’m 33, hopefully I don’t
crash but I’m gonna jump it. (high intensity rock music) Holy moly (inaudible). Tahnee, you freakin’ lunatic. (high intensity rock music) Ho, ho, ho, ho, wow! The top top, steep section done. Now to ride the next bit blind, all the way down to the lift. Alright, droppin’ in. Well this bit hardly gets ridden. Brakes overheatin’, overheatin’
brakes, brakes overheatin’, what’s down there? It goes down there, man. Oh my gosh, look at that. What you don’t know is I don’t have a backpack carrying a huge camera. Tom, on the other hand,
he hasn’t got it easy. I’m sorry Tom, it gets bad. (goats bleeting) (bike tires riding over rocky terrain) Oh my flippin’, I gotta go up there. The last straight of steep bit. It’s not straight, it’s
kind of, it zig-zags. It traverses across like
that, like that, like that. Man, you gotta be committed in the turn. You gotta believe in the grip you’ve got. (high intensity rock music) Oh this corner’s real hard
’cause you got these roots. (high intensity rock music) He nearly bends it, I swear he did it, this famous, Danny Hart
did, oh I felt like Danny. Oh (beep) what’s gonna on here? Oh my goodness me, that was close. Look at the whip. And Danny Hart comes
soarin’ out of the woods to take his win but he’s not
there ’cause it could go wrong. And to be honest, this was a landing. It’s a bit overgrown and
further on down here, if I can make it down
here, is another one. The other gap. The double, he has the take
off, there’s the landing, and we’re nearly there. I’ll see you at the bottom. So glad that’s over, that’s for sure. Ha-ha-ha, yeah! I’m alive, I’m alive, and
it’s good to be alive. That has changed since 2011. Seven years ago this
Champrey World Cup was here. Danny Hart took the win
in the absolute wet. Right, is Champrey the hardest track in the World Cup since then? Well, to be honest, I kinda think it is. It’s really steep in situations. Real tech, you’re goin’
down at race speed. You gotta be at the top of your game, you gotta be focused, can
make or break a rider. Oh man, I’m just so happy
to come out of that. Like, in some of those
sections I was so scared. It was scary. But you know what’s missin’
out of the World Cup is a track like this ’cause it brings a good racing, it just makes
good racing to be honest. You get the good riders comin’ up on top. It’s just insane, I get goosebumps ’cause of riding a World Cup, I’m
a bit over the moon, really. Conquering my fear on such
a big track like that. But if you want to see
Champrey back in the World Cup definitely give this
video a thumbs up like, and finally I can kinda sit down ’cause I haven’t got balls that big.

100 comments

  1. Thanks for bringing a normal human element to this trail. Even though you are not a normal human on a mountain bike. This track must be insane.

  2. Oh Blake, your South African accent gets so strong when you’re getting scared! To be fair, you went somewhere I can’t even dream of going (can barely volley a kerb myself) so I’m not calling you a wuss by any means.

  3. Just re-watched this video. Blake forget about the road bikes with big tires( gravel bike), get a DH bike, you looked like you were having fun and it was challenging for you, a lot more than the gravel bike vids. Plus you would think your dirt jump skills would be better suited to down hill riding.

  4. Well knowing what GoPro footage can do as in make stuff not look as steep as it is and by Blake's reactions to sections of it , it definetly means its steep and knarly!
    Nice one Blake and the #gmbn crew for another great video

  5. Sam Hill in the wet was freaking amazing.
    🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺😬🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺👍🏻👍🏻

  6. Hey Blake, great video.

    Sam Hill actually finished third in the World Cup race you spoke of, 0.03 seconds behind Steve Peat and 1.63 seconds behind Lehikoinen. Most of the DH world views that as a "win" for Hill, however.

  7. Good job bro! That gambler is awesome! What’s your take for a XC guy like me with very little skills on tech Downhill to build up confidence and learn how to tackle on parks not as difficult like this one? I just bought my self a Genius 910!

  8. Look at the camera platforms to get a sense of just how freaking steep this is. Combine that with the tight switchbacks and that is just nuts.

  9. Blake hamming it up for the camera big time there for humorous effect, and lots of people falling for it by the look of these comments. Yes it's steep but he's an ex-pro slopestyle rider, he knows how to ride a bike on tricky/big stuff. At 7:28 he chooses the gnar line over the easier line. C'mon, he knows what he's doing.

  10. Im good thanks…A bimble on the Two Moors way and a nice cup of tea and slice of Genoa cake will do cheers..

  11. Bit late to the party watching this. I rode trials as a teenager massively influenced by Mr Ashton himself, a true legend but I took 12 years out while in the military etc. Got back into riding a few years ago and bought a downhill bike and the first track I rode was fort William (what a mistake) what an amazing track. I had to sell my bike as I had a child and needed the money and now can’t afford to buy one and miss riding but this channel gives me all the insane feelings inside and excitement as bike vids did before I went riding back in the day. Awesome channel and your guys are awesome

  12. Those crash pads weren’t that colour when they were strapped to the trees; they’ve become stained with the blood and guts of overconfident riders over the years. And that story about “second” place (third?) getting more attention than the crafty winner says a lot about the spirit in the sport. Nice.

  13. Blake take lihe 15 minutes to get down to the top(or even more, no idea how long they were recording this) and pros finish in about 5 minututes. Mind is just blown.

  14. Hahaha! Love the reference to the commentaries from back there! "how can he sit with balls that big?!"

  15. Who can ride here at night.😂😂😂
    He will be the bravest mountain biker in world.🤣🤣🤣

  16. Sam Hill got 3rd place actually in Champery. source: Movie F1RST https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXVi6s8tgrE

  17. Kinda funny I watched that Danny Hart video right before this not realizing the name of the track

  18. Never been here but I bet the camera doesn't do it justice!!! If Blake is shitting himself on parts I'm out lol good vid guys 👍

  19. This is one of the few firdt person videos that accurately depicts just how stupidly steep the terrain and trail around you is.

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