Who’d have thought that Loic’s girlfriend goes to the same college that the Borders Base Camp DH students do – It’s a small world. Anyway base chief Andy Barlow gave us the heads up and we were more than pleased to go along and see the team in action.
Headmaster Andy Barlow flanked by teachers Rab Wardell and Ruaridh Cunningham with the new exchange student/teacher and Downhill World Champion Loic Bruni
Loic showing the students the line to take through this corner on Falla Brae - 2 yrs ago this corner didn't exist, thanks Strava..
The students spent a little time on this corner looking at lines etc, most were hitting the high line as that was the one to take. Loic looked at it a few times and then charged in hucking over the roots and pinned the next corner - as champion would. We had a little chat before they headed out for a lap of the more natural trails, have a listen
This whole day's riding was organised by Loic's girlfriend Mathilde who is also a student at the Borders College
Loic displaying his smooth fast riding style, what you can't see here is he has just ridin over some greasy wet roots
Ex student Calum McGee came along today to give a few tips to the new recruits, here he is tweaking his way through the tight trees. Calum has just finished his first year riding world cups and we caught up with him to see what he thought about today
The student turned master Ruaridh Cunningham showing some of his endless skills in the jump park, we stuck the microphone in his direction so listen here what he had to say..
It's not all about young lads learning the DH skills, here we have junior GB rider Rona Strivens who is one of 3 young women at the college this year.
Another of the young women is Cairn Bell who also likes to ride a bit of Moto, look out for these youngsters in 2016
Top XC rider, CX rider, social media star, bar tweaker and Dirtschool teacher Rab Wardell was just back from his mega cycle across the mighty USA - here's what he had to say..
Loic said before we even started shooting here that he was rubbish at this kind of thing, who cares if you can ride as fast as he can and still do it with a little style. Rab popping a little manual in the background..
This little scrubber has more style than most, Corey Watson is in his first year at the Base and has the drive and skill to succeed. Look out for a little feature on this ripper over the next few months.
Great to ex student and Mondraker team rider Innes Graham back out with the students. 2015 wasn't really a year he'll be wanting to remember after breaking his collar bone - all good now and looking forward to 2016
Ex student Lewis Buchanan came along to show the new kids on the block a few lines today, Lewis has had a tough few years at the top end with injuries etc but is fighting fit for 2016.