Trials Riders can Jump!Chris Akrigg already has a reputation as one of Britain's top new trials riders. We discover that he's also amazingly good at another MTB discipline.
As we ride around the park, which is littered with a combination of wooden North Shore obstacles and dirt jumps, Chris suddenly lays down one of flattest tabletops we've seen a trials rider do. Not only is Chris a master at trials, it seems that he's also pretty handy at jumping. We're all a little surprised at what we've just seen because it's rare to see a trials rider move with such grace and aggression. The majority of trials riders have a very technical riding style with the emphasis on accuracy, but Chris is clearly a rare exception. Although his riding is accurate too, he's also the king of flow, power and aggression. He's the type of rider who imagines exactly how he should do a move and then effortlessly translates his thoughts into reality.
A few minutes later Chris manages to surprise us yet again, when he announces that he'd like to learn how to improve his jumping...
Find out how he got on in the new issue of MBUK, on sale now