A huge thanks to the small number of Cross Training Enduro viewers who make doing full time vids possible! We want the enduro training vids to stay publicly available for all dirt riding brothers and sisters and it's the 0.3% of viewers who become supporters who make this happen.
Can't access the Paypal links above? These links use Paypal Me... Paypal's simplified system but it's not used in all countries yet. Any problems? Just go through the normal Paypal link here and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please allow a day or two for me to email you back. Check your junkmail too. We strongly recommend you add email@example.com to your contacts list as the supporter vids are sent as a bulk email and can be marked as spam.
Paypal doesn't work at all? Another option is Patreon which allows small but regular monthly support over time. Not a great option though! They take a 5% cut, a further 5% for currency conversion THEN charge for each transaction.
The supporters vids are usually around 10 to 15 minutes in length but occasionally might be up to half an hour e.g. doing a lap of a hard enduro event. The early supporter vids were less than 10 minutes though.
Up to six months later I release a much shorter public version of the same vid. Supporters said they enjoy seeing the highlights again and it's a great way to encourage viewers to become supporters without shouting about it.
If you become a lifetime supporter, you get ALL the previous vids. These number over 330 now! However you will notice the earliest vids were filmed with older Gopro cameras so the quality ain't the same... plus I wasn't very good at editing back then. Supporters still say they enjoy the earlier vids. It helps to start with those first and work forward instead of the other way around lol.
It ain't easy lol. I had a lot of viewers encouraging me to go fulltime on the vids. In 2016 around 100 Youtube subscribers generously supported the vids to let me go full time, but it wasn't enough to survive on. I was using my savings to continue, then viewers suggested it was time to set a few videos aside just for supporters, which would encourage more to join in and share the load.
A tiny proportion of viewers become supporters so currently I'm on about US$10 per hour. I get by due to a very simple lifestyle but it does get tight sometimes. I have only myself to blame as I've avoided sponsorship. product placement, ads and doing rave reviews in exchange for free product lol.
Many supporters have told me they would be willing to accept ads and it may be an option in the future. Apparently I've missed out on about $60,000 to $100,000 in Youtube ad revenue in the past four years but I hate ads and didn't want to subject others to them either. However, a recent spine fracture, along with dropping support levels, have forced me to start running ads on the vids.
And finally something about us...
The rise of extreme enduro has seen a new breed of riders, pushing the boundaries of what is possible on a dirt bike. Around 95% of the top extreme enduro riders are former trials riders. So it's not surprising these guys say the key to learning to ride fast is first slow down and get your fundamental techniques right. The past few years Graham Jarvis has been the king of the extreme enduro world, and we've even started our own religion based on his teachings. We even got to ask his holiness on how to make our bikes do the crazy shit his bike does and learn how to ride a dirt bike properly. It can be inspiring, but also demoralising to see how well these guys ride. We figured if you can't beat them, join them. So past few years, a bunch of us in our 50s thought we would try to learn as much of this shit as possible, before dementia and arthritis slow us down. And along the way we've been pumping out free dodgy enduro training vids for everyone. And being free they come with a money back guarantee if they make you ride worse... and they probably will.
So what is cross training? It's just applying trials skills to dirt riding... slowing things down initially we we can be faster, and more importantly, better dirt riders.
A coaching session with Chris Birch was a great start. Arguably the top extreme enduro rider back in 2010 despite coming from New Zealand, Birchy shared many tips that worked their way into the training vids. Our local trials and endurocross champion Ruben Chadwick also has provided some great tips and video footage along the way. And recently Tim Coleman has wowed everyone with his tricks on a dirt bike and excellent coaching across Australia and overseas too. We will never match these guys, but we have surprised ourselves at the new tricks we old dogs can learn.
Along the way there have been plenty of stacks and offs as we ride well beyond our very limited abilities.
Jarvis once said going fast is the easy bit, it's the slow stuff that takes skill and we've grown to love the challenge of riding tough terrain with skill, instead of just roosting and sliding our way around easy tracks.
So get into cross training. Over 50 completely free training vids on sex.... relationships.... biology... and how to set up your bike, protective gear, maintenance, and riding skills from beginner to advanced. Check them out on our website, Facebook page or Youtube channel. Apparently it will make you irreristable to women... we live in hope.
Interested in trials riding? We have piles of free trials training vids on our trials channel. We even have an adventure riding Youtube channel.
Interested in supporting the vids? For the cost of a cup of coffee every month, our supporters get access to special weekly vids that are even dodgier than our crappy training vids. And we go way beyond the training vids. There are our regular riding vids, the really really stupid vids, there are even philosophical vids. All guaranteed dodgy. And if they don't make you better rider, they might at least be amusing. If your IQ is low enough.
So that's it guys. Don't get demoralised by these freaks of nature... and remember sometimes they need help too. Instead of forking out good money on a hit team to take out these guys, get into these vids and just become a better rider. If a bunch of gumbies in their 50s can do it, you can too.
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