So 2014 is coming to a close and what a year it has been. Manon Carpenter knocked Rachel Atherton off the top step, Ratboy took huck to flat to a whole new level and Andreu Lacondeguy took the Rampage crown.
During all this madness there were edits been made left, right and centre. From your professional cameraman to your best filming you on your favourite trail. Here’s our top pick of this year’s videos that made us want to go out and get rad ourselves.
Erm to start off with we have actually picked 11 videos. So starting at 11 is…
11. Chromag Family Album vol 2
The Sunshine Coast contingent came together for this one filmed by Nic Genovese. This family album features Brendan Howey, Kyle Norbraten, Dylan Dunkerton, Curtis Robinson, Logan Peat and Brandon Semenuk riding the buttery trails at the Coast Gravity Park, fresh loamy routes out of Brandon’s back yard, and some signature Coastal Crew builds.
10. Captain Ahab Trail
A video of construction to riding of the new Captain Ahab mountain bike trail in Moab Utah. Enjoy!
9. FOX MTB Presents | Fall 14 Cold Weather featuring: The Rat
Josh Bryceland puts the new winter range through its paces at his home trails. The new FOX Outerwear series means that you can stay out on the trails whatever the weather throws at you.
8. Troy Brosnan | Fun Can’t Make You Faster
Fun is just a three-letter word for distraction. In this day and age of racing, you have to be focused, dedicated and willing to sacrifice anything that will get in the way of you and the top step of that podium. Fun may be the reason you threw a leg over your bike and charged it down the scariest, fastest and biggest lines you could in the first place, but fun alone can’t make you faster. Having fun on your bike may give us an escape from the every day mundane, fun may give you a chance to experience something that many are not brave enough to attempt, but fun can’t make you faster.
7. HORACE AND THE ROUGH STUFF FELLOWSHIP
is the story of three man, one dream and 80 years of cycling in Iceland…
“Rough stuff begins where the tarmac ends”
“Long before bikes got fat tires, full suspension and carbon fiber frames, the urge to push the pedals off road found its way into the hearts of riders. One group, the UK-based Rough Stuff Fellowship has united such riders for decades, since a time when crossing rugged terrain was truly for the dedicated adventurer. “Horace and the Rough Stuff Fellowship” tells the story of Horace Dall, an astronomer who—80 years ago—single-handedly crossed Iceland’s moonlike central desert in his suit and tie, solo, with just a napkin-sized map and the stars as his guide. The film tells Dall’s story as well as the like-minded adventurers who came after him, only to find it had (sort of) been done before. The film, with its stunning high-definition shots of the landscape, examines the eternal questions: Why do we go off road? Why leave the comforts of home? Are there any new adventures to be had? The answers of course (if there are any) lie in the hearts of individuals. And if you keep looking, you’re already there.”
6. The new Gambler 710 with Brendan Fairclough in Schladming
We recently headed out to Schladming, Austria with Brendan Fairclough to ride the new Gambler 710. Needless to say, this was only going to end with one rad edit.
5. Super Burl Monday EWS addition
The Nomads Dylan Wolsky and Rocky Mountains Jesse Melamed take a handful of Enduro World Series riders out to sample some super burl trails in the Whistler Valley before the Crankworx World Enduro!
Riders – Cedric Gracia, Iago Garay, Nicolas Prodencio, Davis English, Peter Ostroski and Bowen Irvine
Tune – Bliss N Eso – Jungle
4. GiddyUp Bikes Press Release
The GiddyUp link is the newest suspension platform from Transition Bikes, and is now featured on 4 entirely new models in 3 wheel sizes. Each frame has a very distinctive riding characteristic to suit your style and give you the ultimate freedom whether going up or down mountains. The GiddyUp platform is extremely easy to dial in, once set there is no need to mess with platform adjustments, you can just focus on the ride and wherever it leads you. GiddyUp!
3. Elk Mountains. I’m Part of the Tribe.
There is a small window in the Colorado high country when the trail conditions are perfect. Some would call it fall, but nature is fickle here — often the warm days of summer push up against the sting of winter. In the high country, cold winds blow and snow dusts the peaks. Lower in the valley, aspens drop their leaves and cover the trails in a vibrant carpet of red, gold, and orange. Motivated by the oncoming threat of winter and the desire for one last chance to ride the state’s best single track, Yeti Ambassadors Michael Larsen, Shawn Neer, and Rudy Unrau hit the road to enjoy Colorado’s peak season.
2. Danny Macaskill: The Ridge
The Ridge is the brand new film from Danny Macaskill… For the first time in one of his films Danny climbs aboard a mountain bike and returns to his native home of the Isle of Skye in Scotland to take on a death-defying ride along the notorious Cuillin Ridgeline.
1. Joe Barnes – 8 Wild Terns
Caution contains swearing and that gangsta speak.
Joe rides some of the filthiest, sloppiest, wildest turns in the short film. 8 Wild Terns.