From park to trail

Sunday, August 13, 2006 11.00pm
Chris Smith loves riding skateparks, but park is a BMX thing. Britain's most versatile rider shows you how to take those skills and make them work in the great outdoors..

Chris Smith goes into a trance when he rides skateparks - sprint, blunt, hop, pump, barspin, tap, hip, repeat. He can't help it. Once he's in the zone the riding becomes a seamless progression of moves. See ramp, ride it - a dozen different ways. It's a pleasure to watch.

But just lately, if you'd been a fly on the wall - or ramp - you might have heard some muttering. Chris isn't the kind of rider who normally complains about riding, but he's got something that he needs to get off his chest.

The gist of his complaint? Skatepark riding is all very well but it's not really mountain biking. It's the kind of viewpoint that's sure to set off heated forum debates, but Chris has a point. Skateparks, after all, are about BMXs and skateboards, natch. Mountain bikers have just nicked the venue and most of the moves. Park riding is great to watch and fun to do, but it ain't mountain biking. Which got Chris thinking: why not take some of the skills and moves from riding park and transfer them to somewhere more suitable for mountain bikes?

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