Need distracting from the Christmas cheer? No emails coming in as western society grinds to a post office party hungover standstill? Grab your lunch, kick back and feast on this week’s Midweek Mini Movies…
We’ve got Scottish goodness, Swiss bus uplift adventures, Red Bull Rampage, and the Santa Cruise. BMX mad skillz, speedtests, fatbikes, snow, more snow and a quality little film about a shed on the move.
Andy McKenna the man behind Go-Where mountain bike guiding takes Matt Cox from Alpine Bikes Innerleithen along with Dirt School's Andy Barlow for some epic riding through the trails around Torridon in the North West Highlands. The video features some brilliant riding on natural singletrack and some great camera work by film maker Calum Darling. Oh and as it's Torridon you can expect some pretty spectacular scenery too!
Rocky Mountain's Thomas Vanderham & Geoff Gulevich traveled down to Utah to compete in this year's Red Bull Rampage, the largest and most dangerous competition in freeride mountain biking. Both of them 'killed it' down there, coming away (mostly) unscathed and placing well (8th for Thomas, 11th for Gully). This is a short film about all the work and sweat and struggles behind the scenes of a competition like Rampage.
Jersey, Nailz and Reed Stark on the streets of Glasgow... Possibly the best BMX film you see this year.
Sunday 2nd December 2012 saw Steve Peat and 40 other riders take part in the "Santa Cruise" charity ride on Cannock Chase organised by Joe Whitaker. We rode the main trails Follow the Dog and the Monkey trail with no other than Steve Peat in attendance. It's not very often you get to ride your local trails with a World Downhill Champion! Filmed by The Bikeschool
Aidan Bishop sets out to find out which is the fastest 26in or 29in? - "I was keen to find out just how much faster a 29er is over a 26in wheeled bike. So i pitched my Cannondale Scalpel carbon 26in wheeled bike up against a Cannondale Flash Carbon 29er. Fitted with the same Maxxis tyres on the same Mavic Crossmax SLR wheels, same track, same day, same rider... the results were conclusive!"
First ride on snow for me and my Fat Bike. I'm having a hoot riding this bike and training for a race in Arctic Lapland in February 2013 the Rovaniemi 150 Had a beautiful day in the Lake District riding up from Ullswater on to the Helvellyn ridge and down Sticks Pass. It's not everyday that you get to share the trail with skiers. A short film by Ed Oxley.
10-15cm of new snow in the forest. Always fun to ride in. Shot with a couple of GoPros at 1080p. A film by Jacob Pilgaard.
Seeing as we're in the snow mood we've got two quality films this week. Firstly, see what it's like to drop in on a Haines, AK line from the point of view of Outdoor Research Sidecountry Skiing Ambassador Zack Giffin.
And finally Cabin Porn meets Roadtrippin'. Where would you go if your house were portable? Would you spend each night in a new spot? Stay camped in a discovered utopia forever? Or would you leave life as a vagabond to the experts? We invite you to experience their transportable abode through Sam Giffin's Livin' Tiny, an honest documentation of the epic road trip and plan your next great adventure, however tiny or large.
Thanks to everyone that sent in suggestions this week. If you’ve seen or made anything you reckon should be up here next time, the address is, as ever: firstname.lastname@example.org.
And remember: Keep it livid, yeah?
Posted on: December 12, 2012