It’s Thursday – and time for another blast of classic mountain bike Nostalgia.
Earthed 4 was the penultimate edition of Alex Rankin’s masterpiece series following the World’s fastest and loosest riders around the globe as the went for medals or broke both on and off the track. Sprung for the 2000s as downhill looked away from skinsuits and ‘bullet’ full faces and onto some mental tracks.
We’re going to spend the next few weeks revisiting some of the classics that make mountain biking what it is today. Stuff from the you-kids-don’t-know-you’re-born, it-wasn’t-like-that-in-my-day golden era of mountain biking. Sure, all the bikes were crap, head angles were over vertical and decent, accessible riding was a gleam in Rowan’s Sorrell’s eye but …. the golden sheen of nostalgia can’t be defeated.