Ironsides Mountainboard Centre website

I’ve been updating the Ironsides website to try to improve its ranking, bounce rate (currently 37%) and more importantly conversion rate.

I’ve also been experimenting with marketing mountainboarding lessons by putting adverts in sites like Gumtree, Vivastreet, Ebay, and Facebook Marketplace. It’ll be interesting to see how well it works. The next stage will be an online booking form on the website to see what that does to conversions, although I won’t actually be able to measure it.

Odd sized mountain board wheels

The Mullet

I’ve been riding my noSno brake board with nine inch wheels on the front and eight inch wheels on the back for a few weeks now. All my hopes about the possible advantages of such a set-up have been proved right. A board with the weight on the front for smashing through things, still be able to use disc brakes, and lighter wheels on the back so I can kick it around to get those tight corners, and a lighter board overall.

noSno with a mullet

This is a great set-up for single-track brake-board riding, and now I’ve added T2 tyres on the front wheels and can get some proper slides going, adding to my speed control and overall fun.

Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork…

ATBA-UK International Series BoarderX Qualification

I’ve been updating the BX Qualification paperwork ready for for Round 3 of the ATBA-UK International Series at Out To Grass next weekend. We’re introducing a ‘small final’ for those who come third and fourth in the semi-final to race off for places 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th in the rankings.

And, while I’m on the subject, if anyone knows anyone who is good at programming spreadsheets, tell them they can have my soul for a few hours work.

Mountainboarding on May Hill

Really cool night time session on May Hill, which I’ve known about for years but never ridden. Old stomping ground of NASA but I bet it hasn’t seen four wheels in a few years. It’s a pretty nice spot with some long runs. I forgot my GPS which means I didn’t record any of the runs for the map.

I rode my noSno, which I’m getting back into more and more, especially now I’ve got T1’s on the back and T2’s on the front so I can slide it around. Will definitely have to have another ride there in the autumn, and maybe a proper on-foot scouting mission to get all the runs marked out.

Ding Ding! Round 2: at The Edge

Mountainboarding at The Edge

We’re going all listicle for what happened at Round two of the ATBA-UK International Series at The Edge in Shropshire on the 18 & 19th June 2011.

Top Five Reasons To Have Been At The Edge

  1. It’s a Centre that doesn’t get enough love from the mountainboarders.
  2. It was World Mountainboarding Day.
  3. Fly-bys.
  4. Breakfast in a box.
  5. Renny Myles was there.

Top Six Genius Ideas of The Weekend

  1. Old-skool MBS decks
  2. Toed-in and out wheels.
  3. Hybrid boards.
  4. Dressing like Matt Brind.
  5. Having more battery for your Go-Pro.
  6. Outside Lines.

Top Seven BoarderX Best Bits

  1. Ryan Bunting tooling up to stab the other riders on the way down the track.
  2. Richard Fisher’s smooth whip-round the pile up in the first berm.
  3. Simon Neck jumping over James Wanklyn.
  4. Max Rye showing true Pro BX skills.
  5. Jonny Wheeler coming 2nd in his first comp.
  6. Rachel La Roche coming first after thinking of dropping out.
  7. Raph finally on the BX podium after eleven years.

Top Eight Injuries Of The Weekend

  1. Ian Williams breaking his arm (ouch, seriously. Get well soon).
  2. Rory faceplanting off a rail.
  3. Dunstan ending up on the bottom of a four-man first berm pile-up.
  4. Max Rye with his magic dislocating/reloacting kneecap.
  5. Phil De havilland-hall knackering his achilles tendon.
  6. Mark Adams with the ‘now I look ‘ard’ swollen lip.
  7. Andy Milenkovic’s back looking like he won’t be laying down for a week.
  8. Andy Brind getting concussed every time he steps on a mountainboard.

Top Nine Freestyle Factors

  1. Piers ‘Stromtrooper’ Sutton going big.
  2. Lisa getting the backflip and only just over-rotating a rodeo.
  3. Tyrone pulling boned-to-the-max nose grabs
  4. Chris Horsley’s too smooth bs cork five, backflip and frontflip.
  5. Tom ‘the man with no pain threshold’ Sharp nailing a rodeo.
  6. Sam ‘he’s got springs in his legs’ Nicholas boing-ing back-to-back backflips.
  7. A beautiful laid-out backflip from Leo (we should have seen more).
  8. Angry Andy nailing an awesome backside cork seven.
  9. Simon Neck attempting a barrel roll.

Top Ten Highlights Of The Weekend

  1. Riding The Wrekin Friday night with Goofy & Mutley in total darkness, rain and thick fog (ok, that was just my highlight).
  2. Spending World Mountainboard Day with a truly awesome bunch of people.
  3. Dancing on top of vans.
  4. The sun shining just when we needed it.
  5. The coincidental arrival of an ice cream van.
  6. Noggin’s Heli-cam.
  7. Meeting the most awesome medic in the world.
  8. Ben Searles’ life flashing before his eyes as Joe Leonard drifts wide on a five.
  9. Ending the freestyle jam with a Pro train.
  10. And finally… Getting the Results up Sunday night!

For media including ace vids & more great photos follow the links 🙂
Ben Rye’s video
Ben Searle’s video
Simon Neck’s video
Emlyn Bainbridge’s video
Noggin’s Heli-cam video
Mountainboarding’s Facebook media page photo gallery
Theo Acworth’s full Facebook photo gallery

Thanks to all at The Edge, ATBA-UK, the sponsors, and everyone at the event.
Photos copyright Andy Rolfe


Originally published on Remolition.com

Weekend in Scotland

Drove 872 miles, listened to S Club 7, watched some awesome mountainboarding, ate a massive naan, called an ambulance, analysed a pump track, thought about turbulated surfaces and vortices, and scratched my head.