by Dave Anderson
February 27, 2013
It’s that time again, halfway to the weekend; can you smell the freedom? Wednesday means one thing here in STWland; it’s Midweek Mini Movies.
Grab a brew and get ready to visualise.
The Escape – Teaser
Let’s get one thing straight, this film is not really about us or our journey. It’s about the people and places that your mountain bike can show you.
Mountain biking is brilliant in its scope and variety; there is no right or wrong way to enjoy it. However, mountain biking, to us, is about adventure and exploration, fun and games, and understanding a little bit more about the world, the people around us, and in the long run, about ourselves.
On February 6, 2013, the Union crew set out from snowy Whistler to seek out some of the rumored snow free trails around BC. Their route took them on a circular journey around the Georgia Strait (or Salish Sea) between Vancouver’s lower mainland and Vancouver Island – where they found clusters of communities that elude the snow line all winter, leaving the ribbons of crafted dirt free for all to ride.
They rode mountain bikes the whole way, towing their kit in trailers for the long road stretches and then dumping them when the riding turned to dirt. Thirteen days and over 800 km later they closed the loop on their ride. Perhaps you already caught some of the story online (the-escape.ca) but in March 2013 Union Production Co. will be releasing a video of the trip. Here is the teaser to the grand presentation.
This video is about bringing the pleasure of the road and the thrill of the trails. We want to reach out to the rider who is told they are getting old but still feels young and who still gets recharged with youthful thrills. We want to reach out to the person working in a cubicle and reunite them with that long lost wanderlust. We want to show everyone that, yes, nothing is easy, but the rewards of seeking soothes all hardship.
More so, although the video’s backdrop is the backroads of British Columbia, we want to remind the world that adventure can be found on your own doorstep, you just need to get off the couch to seek it. Mountain biking shows us all somewhere new and personal, whether that’s at the end of a long road, a piece of remote singletrack, or the woods at the bottom of your own backyard.
This video is about celebrating the world, that as mountain bikers, we ride within. It is also about the communities and individuals that dare imagine, build and provide nourishment so that mountain biking can flourish.
Starring the Bunny from BÖIKZMÖIND, this little short tells the woeful story of what happens when a beloved bicycle is stolen…
This film was made to coincide with the launch of the BÖIKZMÖIND DVD/Photo book which happened Easter Monday 9th April 2012 at The Watershed cinema here in Bristol.
Find out more about BÖIKZMÖIND here, which is a 30mins documentary about riding fixed gear bicycles: boikzmoind.com
BasqueMTB’s Backcountry Pyrenees Holiday: Zona Zero
Riding with basqueMTB.com in the pre Pyrenees , on the Spanish side of the Pyrenees is spectacular. The big Pyrenees mountains stand majestically as a backdrop to the twisty, flowy trails.
AberMTB: Belly Slidin’ and Sweet Ridin’
Filmed in Mid Wales
Ridden and shot by Dan Jones and Jack Reeve
Edited by Dan Jones
MTBberkhamsted Afan 2013
MTBberkhamsted ride Afan in, erm, 2013.
Mission WOW Wanaka Bike 2012
42 women, 2 days, 1 evening bike skills, some wine, lots of learning – Enjoy!
filmed and edited by Ross at stashmediaworx.com
Maxiavalanche Cervinia 2012
Dave’s been researching a summer trip. How good does the Maxiavalanche Cervinia look as an alternative race in the Alps?
Addo @ Bikefest
Addo mountain bike display team (addoteam.com) performing at The Bikefest (thebikefest.co.uk) as part of Woodfest Wales (woodfestwales.co.uk).
The Bikefest is organised by Dr. Matt Barlow (matt-barlow.com), the Addo MTB team manager. The Woodfest team, headed up by Simon Belfield, create the amazing, and challenging, trials course for the riders.
Based in the beautiful Vale of Clwyd, Woodfest Wales attracts over 25,000 people across three days, making it one of the biggest festivals of its kind in North Wales.
A Day at the Track With: Collin Hudson
Crupi spent an entire day at the track with our factory rider Collin Hudson. Watch him ride and talk about his experiences on and off the track.
Quadrocopter Pole Acrobatics
Every film maker is after a quadrocopter, here’s why. This video shows two quadrocopters capable of not only balancing an inverted pendulum, but also of launching it off the vehicle and catching it again.
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 feeling fascination, yeah?