Midweek Mini Movies 131

by Dave Anderson 11

Here we go again, another selection of moving pictures to ease our way through the week. Grab your lunch, grab a beverage, and let’s visualise…

This week we’ve got Projekt Roam in loam, Chase trail builders and Basque Zona Zero. Alps, Akrigg, Almanzo and X trails. Ice caps, fat bikes and faffing. It’s all here; and a feature on Tempting Fear.

PROJEKT ROAM: Chasing Gravity-Episode 5

Bypassing desert landscapes of cactus and cowboys commonly associated with the southwestern states of New Mexico and Arizona, Colt and Jessee head to the fresh, mountainous regions to experience and explore Angel Fire and Sunrise Mountain Resorts.

Chase Trails Trailbuilding

Enjoy the mountain bike trails at Cannock Chase? Well, this is a quick peek at what’s done on them each week.
Want to help out? If you can spare a few hours of your time, come along to Swinnerton Cycles at Birches Valley on Sunday morning at 10am. Or, if you want, you’re welcome to stop and help out for a bit mid-ride if you see us out working. Tools are provided, just bring yourself, some suitable footwear, and food/drink for the day. A film by William Hook.

BasqueMTB Visits Zona Zero in the Pyrenees

Zona Zero is an enduro rider’s paradise and a regular stop on our Backcountry Pyrenees mountain bike holidays. BasqueMTB have good friends who are responsible for creating and managing the trails and so we often get a call to tell us that there are new trails ready to ride and so it was for the trail in this video.

Alps! 2012

Nick Jones has made a short video of one of the trails in the French Alps. It wasn’t the most technical, but it was lots and lots of fun.

Meet Chris Akrigg – Mongoose Pro Rider

Chris Akrigg creates some of the world’s best bike edits and is a 6 time British Trials Champ. Hear about how he got where he is, who his biggest influences are and what he’d be doing if he wasn’t riding bikes.

X Trail Films 2012 Showreel

Some of my favourite shots from the 2012 season. X Trail Films.

Biking on the Greenlandic Ice Cap – Rough.Real.Remote.

Destination Arctic Circle in Greenland is Rough. Real. Remote. and four of us took an epic trip in August, 2012 and packed in as much adventure as we could handle.
We spent the first days camping right by the Greenlandic Ice Cap, at Russell Glacier, hiking on the ice and watching our friend, Petr Kraus, a Red Bull Trial Biker, go crazy on the wild landscapes. Producer: MMPFilms

New Years day 2013, The Sands of Lindisfarne

1st January 2013,
Sunrise cycle across the 8 miles of low tide exposed sands to Holy Island on the Surly Moonlander.
A clear, cold wind, clear sunny winter day with amazing low winter sun light casting long shadows.
The sands of Lindisfarne are littered with the wrecks of fishing boats and Steamships whose skeleton remains appear in the low tides and shifting sands… A film by Coastkid.

Cyclocross: All the faff, none of the racing

It’s the National Championships at the weekend, and time to reflect as the season approaches its finale. A film by Dave Haygarth.


How does a man move and shape a culture? Our love of storytelling compelled us to find out, so we dug into the story of the Almanzo 100 gravel road race–the granddaddy of them all. We found that a single man’s passion for community has manifested itself in a bike race. The challenge: to race 100 miles of gravel roads without assistance or outside support. Pain and suffering exist temporarily, but the satisfaction of a battle won will empower these racers the rest of their lives. Call it a movement if you’d like but please don’t call it a fad. Gravel racing is here to stay. Directed by: Tony Franklin

BiSikle – Master the ZBall!

A quick BiSikle preview, the flicking race that will wake up the ghost rider in you… Try out the amazing capabilities of the ZBall, a High-Tech marble that is easy to control and can even stop in inclines!

Salomon Freeski TV S6 E07 – Tempting Fear

Over the past 3 years he’s logged first descents in a half-dozen countries, battled back to life from an accident that nearly killed him, and become the most talked about skier in the epicenter of all things extreme — Chamonix, France.

What makes Andreas most intriguing, however, are his thoughtful musings on meaning from a life on the edge – a willingness to enter mental spaces that few have ever experienced.

In Tempting Fear Sweden’s soft-spoken Adventurer of the Year explores a place in which fear overwhelms all emotions, playing both friend and enemy in a pas de deux where death lies just one misstep away.

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: newsdesk@singletrackworld.com.

And remember: Keep feeling fascination, yeah?

Comments (11)

  1. On that Projekt Roam video what’s that stuff that’s hanging in the air after they ride past?

  2. Dry mud, can you imagine that?

  3. Almanzo-100 – so just like a sportive on backroads, but without a feed station, so more like a crap sportive but on gravel – I feel cheated, where’s my hi-fives and soft-focus arty movie at the end of the ride? Respect to anyone who organises rides though – I’m just sitting on my arse being cynical.

  4. That game looks a bit, err, naff.

  5. Noberinthefridge – you might be missing what you have to do to the ZBall (47s)

  6. Really enjoyed these movies. That Trail on the Alps vid looks amazing.

  7. Donkeys years ago, me and mates used to go to beach, drink beer, smoke stuff and play a similar game to that ZBall. Track scraped in the sand, bottletops flicked around it. If you land outside the track you miss your turn. Hours off fun. And now someone’s nicked our idea and commercialised it. The swine. Happy happy memories, will almost certainly have to buy one 🙂

  8. Guys, love what you do and always look forward to the mini movies but the way you post the vimeo movies really doesn’t work on android tablets. If there’s an easy way to fix things for us tablet users it would be fantastic.

  9. Second that comment about android tablet user interface.
    Navigation buttons are so small compared to size of fingers it is a bit of lottery what result I’ll get. Especially with proximity of full screen and close buttons.

    Best solution I’ve found (which works around the pop up window interface) is to press and hold the screen grabs and then go for the “open in new tab” option, which lands the native youtube or vimeo hosting page.

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