Yep agree, eliminations are part and parcel of this reality genre but this would actually be more exciting and true to the name if they all stayed and raced with a rolling leaderboard to play out all their skills across the board. Maybe half way through a few of the low ranks are dropped. I hope there's a bonus spot prize if they beat the mystery pros, without spoiling, it looks like one of them did in the latest ep but had a time penalty which pushed them under.Yeah I started it again this year out of curiosity, and it is betterish. Personally I think the eliminations happen much too early in the season. Someone in the Pinkbike comment section quite rightly pointed out it’s not much of an academy when all they do is eliminate people. There doesn’t seem to be much/any teaching going on, so if you’re not already one of the best riders in their chosen group there seems little chance to succeed or benefit. I’m not in the “everyone deserves a prize” camp, but would like to see a few challenges and a rolling leaderboard in use, so the contestants get to hang around and try different things and maybe actually get some skills benefit from the experience.