A freerunner versus a freerider: a mismatch?
Freerunner meets freerider – two of the top athletes in their respective fields lock horns. Professional mountain bike rider Richie Schley from Canada and Tim “Livewire” Shieff, a professional freerunner and former world champion from Derby, England. The scene: Whistler Mountain Bike Park, British Columbia. A one-sided contest? The key question here is, “Who will achieve the best grip?”
Over and under:
Richie Schley ducks on his bike. Tim Shieff, on the other hand, flies over the tree trunk with XXL strides. Without a high-traction sole this stunt would be impossible for freerunners.
Freerunners somersault over walls, dive from gables, spin through underground tunnels using multiple
backflips and leap from roof to roof. The combination of elements from gymnastics, breakdancing and martial arts produces breathtaking moves.
“But after taking a while to get used to things Tim showed why he won the freerunning world championship. As I see it, freerunning in natural surroundings has what it takes to become a completely new type of action sport!” predicts freeriding pro Richie Schley.
Ninja style in the fairytale woods:
While Richie hugs the turn on his bike, Tim leaps from tree stump to tree stump. “I found it hard in the woods at first,” says Tim, “but with time I got used to the new environment and discovered unexpected possibilities.”
Formation wall riding:
The CONTINENTAL® tires and soles had better prove their grip here, otherwise the athletes are on a slippery slope with no chance of stopping. A special rubber compound of the kind used in winter tires allows the biker and the runner to hang on the wall like geckos.
“When I train in London, I wear tracksuit bottoms, a T-shirt and cheap trainers. I wouldn’t get far with those here,” says freerunner Tim Shieff. The sole’s excellent grip and the high upper on the adidas shoe are what make it possible for me to get the most out of the terrain. But I still couldn’t keep up with the incredible speed that Richie produced here. He knows every stone in Whistler.”
British freerunner Tim Shieff shows the stunts he is known for. He pushes himself off the wall of rock, twists in a backflip, spins on the palm of his hand and divebombs down into the depths with a monster jump. At that moment the centrifugal forces press Richie Schley against the steep face.