It’s the middle of the week (already…) and it’s time for your midweek distraction from the daily grind.
Jon’s not here this week, so that means your viewing pleasure is going to be guided by Matt and Chipps. You’ll probably be able to guess who chose what.
First up, here’s a seasonally gritty tour of Gisburn Forest, giving a good idea of what it’s like to ride there, and a couple of lessons on what it’s like to crash there too… Suffering Supermans…
And now for some Queenstown NZ fun. You will probably have read with interest and a tiny bit of jealousy about this bike-friendly town in New Zealand. Touted as the Southern Hemisphere’s own Whistler, it has a yearly bike festival and here are two top entries from its film competition. They do nothing to dispel the rumour that this is a great place to live and ride a bike.
First up is ‘Through the lens’ by Jon TV… It’s all slow-mo, brown-pow FTW…
And now a more lighthearted (but still scenic) look in ‘Huck Wizard’
Back to Europe now and Molini Freeride sent this video in of some of the Diamondback/Rockstar guys doing some early season testing in the Italian sunshine. It features some great, steep village step riding, set to a very lame soundtrack.
The Tour of Flanders is known as being a hard, and some times dangerous race to ride, but it’s not even safe for spectators… Worth watching for the Flemish noises from the commentators. The rider, Langeveld suffered a broken collarbone.
Here’s some UK racing for you and the UK summer races are starting up (whatever the weather) and we’ve been sent this taste of northern racing, Nutcracker style from the series’ first round in Gandale*, Catterick.
* No, he wasn’t the wizard in Lord of the Rings…
Here’s a homemade video from young Euan from down the road.
A quick Sk8 video in honour of Mr Matt here:
Late addition! We forgot to slip this one in earlier… It’s an amazing ukelele cover of Prince’s Purple Rain
And while we’re in the ’80s… How about Filipino prisoners dancing to ‘Thriller’?