TrivialMTB is pretty bummed about the news that Cam Cole is going to be stepping down from world cup shredding. It stinks that someone with that much talent and dedication is hanging it up due to a lack of job opportunities. Guess the economy is a harsh mistress to us all.
Remember that time he rode for Yeti for like 20 minutes, right as enduro-ing became the dystopian future?
And while we’re at it, bummed that Bryn and Jill aren’t racing world cups next year either. This means that now not one person will look good bow-legged on the track without Bryn around, and there will be 12% fewer female racers at each event with Jill’s absence. But glad they are keeping the dream alive and promoting more locally.
We’ve seen some grumblings on the issue of when should a pro retire lately. Do you go out on top or do you cling on and milk every drop you can from an increasingly less relevant group of sponsors? Do you bow out as the reigning champion of practice like Kirkaldie? Or do you go for one more season with Xpedo as your title sponsor?
For example, some folks bagging on Chase in the comments on Team Robot. Yeah, that was a whack turn (in a whack photo, on whack Pinkbike, what could you expect?), but Chase still has some of the classiest 360s in the game, and while that isn’t going to win contests these days, he can throw those at the jumps, shake a kid’s hand, and stoke out a new generation for years to come. Any of the numerous people that call out for Hans Rey to retire can eat a fat sack of horse dong. Hans has shown mountain biking to the eyes of more people on this planet than probably anyone else in history. GT’s return on investment for Hans is so astronomically in their favor that they should eventually keep his corpse on payroll just for Weekend at Bernie’s type appearances.
Regardless of all that, we are glad to see Bryn, Jill, and Cam continue to make mountain biking look fun, and keep bringing new people into the sport that we all love (and sometimes kind of hate).