by Dave Anderson
July 24, 2013
Everyone loves a distraction from the daily drudge yeah? Here’s a bumper crop of bike movies to help ease the pain of working for the man. We’re halfway to the weekend…
Tune in, brew up, skive off. It’s time to open your eyes and visualise; it’s Midweek Mini Movies!
A land largely unaffected by the progress of man, the Tetons Range and the surrounding areas are a pristine ecosystem inhabited by a vast diversity of wildlife spreading across multiple national parks. Uninhibited by foothills on the eastern side the range rises sharply and splits upper Wyoming and lower Idaho in two. On one side sits Jackson Hole, home to the legendary ski area and playground to outdoor junkies. On the other resides the Teton Valley: a landscape dotted with hay farms and the small rustic towns of eastern Idaho. Smack in the middle, off the pass that separates the two, lies some of the most progressive mountain bike trails in America. Local riders teaming with the Forest Service have created a network of trails designed and built specifically for riding. We explored both sides of the pass and rode varied terrain from purpose-built bike park features to backcountry singletrack, clinging to the edge of 10,000-foot peaks. The experience instilled a sense in us that the locals have got it figured out here, and the need for a satellite Yeti office in JH.
Presented by: yeticycles.com
You Don’t Know… Mark Weir
Mark Weir is an icon. He’s the tough man of modern mountain biking. The grimacing guy, charging down an ugly stretch of trail at ungodly speeds. The guy who kept pronouncing The Coming of Enduro long before anyone even took the notion seriously. And, despite his getting a bit grey in the beard, Mark Weir is also still one of the fastest riders on the scene.
Weir, however, is a hell of a lot more complicated–and interesting–than any and all of that. This short film begins to shed a bit of light on that fact, but this is just the beginning.
Push up, ride down, win. From Damian Ineichen
Portes Du Soleil 2013
Photography has pretty much taken over my life. Before I started working as a photographer I did a lot of freeride cycling. For the first time in four years I was able to get on the bike again. Here’s a short video from my 5 day stay in Portes Du Soleil in France/Switzerland.
First part is me and Knut Lønnqvist riding down Super Morzine. Second part is Guy Gibbs in Châtel.
Check out more of my work at facebook.com/EirikEvjenPhotography
Stu from Ryder’s Rider Centre takes a train trip from Skipton to Bangor and cycle off to LLanberis. A steady climb to the summit of Mt Snowdon where I bivvy for the night. A 6am descent down the Rangers path and a return home. The Atherton’s were sponsored by Vito, Stu was sponsored by Vimto ;o)
Trail Ninja: MTB Guide to Shuttling Molini di Triora Italy
Dan Milner gives the inside info on the flowy trails of Italy’s freshest riding destination, Molini di Triora, with some unexpected results.
Everything you need to know to get a feel of shuttle riding in this slightly shadowy destination. And by the way, has anyone seen Dan since?
Trail Ninja – Finale Ligure, Italy Mountain Biking Guide
Bears, badgers and bunga bunga! In this web series, Trail Ninja Dan Milner takes a break from shooting cover shots for the world’s best mountain bike mags to give us the downlow on some of his favorite mountain biking destinations.
Stay tuned for future Trail Ninja mountain bike guides each and every month and check out more of Dan’s slightly mad/genius MTB insight
The Making of Coastal Crew’s New Movie ARRIVAL – Ep. 1
ARRIVAL will bring viewers into the reality of a new generation of freeriders and racers. Starring Stevie Smith, Logan Peat, Mitch Ropelato, Ryan Howard, Matty Miles, Kyle Norbraten, Dylan Dunkerton and Curtis Robinson. Written, directed and edited by the Coastal Crew, ARRIVAL also features the talents of a new breed of mountain bike filmmakers and photographers – including Nic Genovese, Matt Miles, Matt Dennison and Haruki “Harookz” Noguchi. Available on BluRay + DVD combo pack and iTunes Fall 2013.
Harry Heath: Smash n’ Dash
Harry Heath is hot on the chase for a world cup podium this year. Check out some summer trailbike action from the Cheshire ripper at a few of his local trails. Soundtrack – Edith – The Hot Melts. With thanks to Rob Kennerley. facebook.com/caldwellvisuals
SuperEnduro2013 – PRO5 Sauze d’Oulx – Highlights
Alpi Bike Resort with Sauze d’Oulx and Sestriere, played host to the fifth stage of the Superenduro powered by SRAM 2013 series this year with a new format. PRO races are prestigious and difficult, the ultimate test for the real enduro rider.
Filmed & Edited by: rockinthemiddle.com
For the rest of the racing calendar and more information please visit superenduromtb.com.
Trailhum go to the Megavalanche
Go to the Alps, ride down mountains.
Camera attached to Ewen Turner. Generally chasing Stu Huddleston and James Swann.
When Freeride Goes Wrong!
Some guys doing a bit of freeride in the woods, but it all goes horribly wrong for one of them!!!
An Unlikely Ride: Binary Bike Stop Motion Video
Take three parts equal love for shooting photos, editing video, and riding bikes. Next toss in that nagging impulse to do something different, even if it requires hours of torturous work, and this video is what you get. In case your eyes deceive you, this is a stop-motion video. Every frame of the video is a photograph, the rider and the bike laying posed on a concrete floor. The ground and trees were later drawn on each photo with a digital pen. Weeks of planning, thirty-five hours of photography totally 1000 pictures, followed by fifty long hours at the computer editing photos, audio, and video. 10,000 minutes of combined work for a two minute video? All worth it if it puts a smile on your face and sparks some creativity in your mind. Thanks for watching.
Original – Prancercise: A Fitness Workout
First we introduce you to the original…
Lee Craigie does Prancercise
Prancercise is a global fitness phenomenon. World class mountain bike racer Lee Craigie takes you though the four basic steps at Mugdock Country Park near Glasgow in Scotland.
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?