We’ll open this week’s Midweek Movies off with Saint rider Thomas Vanderham being more whippy than all the ice cream trucks in the world. We’ll follow that up by saying BOOOOOM! It just seems fitting.
Here’s a really nice, in depth video about the history of the trails at Queen Elizabeth Country Park in the South Downs. Through interviews and old footage, it describes why the trails were built in the early years, with national level races being held on them before the ‘quiet time’ since then when the park was overtaken by the progression of the sport and development of other trail centres, and the recent activity by a group of volunteers bringing the trails back up to date and the return of racing to the park. Featuring interviews with the legendary Phill Liggett, Rob Warner and Tony ‘Jedi’ Doyle.
As you’d expect in the weeks following the Fort William World Cup, the team edits are rolling in. Here we’ve got the mixed emotions of the Santa Cruz Syndicate team, with the highs of Josh ‘Ratboy’ Bryceland’s 5th place result being countered by the lows of Steve Peat’s hamstring tearing injury.
Fort William winner Aaron Gwin gives away the biscuit-ey secrets of success in this rather cool video from the Trek World Racing team. The helmet-cam footage – see here – of his practice run is madness. The fastest man in Scotland still gets beaten up by rocks for shy of five minutes.
Ahh, cycle messengers. Arguably it’s their fault that the main buyers of fixed gear bicycles are tight trouser wearers rather than hard-as-nails 70yr old roadies. The traffic light jumping antics of some of their number also make Daily Mail readers lump city cyclists in with the other things they hate, such as people not working or the wrong sort of people working. Anyway, recoil in horror as they almost go under cars numerous, numerous times in this trailer for Lucas Brunelle’s Line Of Sight messenger racing film.
It’s usually quite tedious when people say “Oooh, things aren’t what they used to be” when everything nowadays is vastly better than it was, eg bikes, computers and life in general. The only case where they may have a point is with rally cars, where the 1980s Group B class was basically motorised, repeated death avoidance on wheels. Chris Harris gets to live out a petrolhead fantasy in this video, being driven in some classic Group B cars (Lancia 037 and Delta S4 amongst them, plus the utterly insane 800bhp ECV) with a pair of legendary Finnish drivers in the form of Markku Alen and Juha Kankkunen, never mind the utterly insane six-time Italian rally champion Paolo Andreucci. We’ve yet to experience a bike press launch as mad as this…
Matt’s Arts and Crafts Corner
After a slight hiatus, Matt is back:
Check Chad Muska’s super retro Skate board and THE BEST front side blunt slide ever at 1.23!
Thanks to everyone that sent in videos this week – if you’ve seen or made anything you reckon should be up here then send it to firstname.lastname@example.org…