Even if you don’t ride bikes this 45min film is pretty amazing…some insane cinematography, cool visuals and good narration. Put the kettle, make a cuppa and check this sh1t out (make sure you watch in HD) /tHRx
Published on 14 Jun 2013
Published on 25 Jun 2013
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.
And check this for a list of international mountain biking heavyweights. Conformed riders include; Steve Peat, Greg Minnaar, Nico Vouilloz, Fabien Barel, Jerome Clementz, Dan Atherton, Anne Caroline Chausson, Tracy Moseley. How many legends in one race?!
Here’s the little French enduro specialist and 2011 Trans-Provence winner Jerome Clementz explaining what we’re likely to see at the weekend…
COOL new Chris Akrigg edit (ridden, produced, directed and edited by the man himself). The boy has some serious skills!! Good watch, check it out…
Chris Akrigg – “Five”
“This box isn’t big enough to tell the full story so all I’ll say for now is I had a lot of fun putting this edit together and it was probably one of the most challenging in every way. Have a watch and we’ll talk later….”
– Chris Akrigg
THE lifts are closed so the winter season is officially over…it’s been an insane season for snow, it seemed to be dumping every week this year. Already been riding the bike for over 2 weeks now and it feels very good to back on the trails 🙂 Been doing weekly running too (6-10km) for a month now so feeling pretty fit and been doing the superfood, protein shakes and salads since the end of last year so feeling extremely healthy and full of energy so it’s shaping up to be a good summer 🙂
But there’s a few hurdles I’ve put in the way that will push me to my limits – well that’s the idea anyway…
Signed up to the Enduro race for this weekend of mountain biking. It’s a couple of hours drive from Serre Chevalier and I’m hoping it’s gonna be a pretty easy race – it’ll be the first Enduro event I’ve taken part in so we’ll see…still not sure what bike I’m gonna need to bring for this one as ideally a 140-160mm AM bike is what’s required…I don’t have one…yet 😉
So it’s either the 12kg, 120mm hardtail or a 16.7kg 200mm full-on DH race bike. I’m inclined to go with the hardtail as anything more that a short, gentle climb (not many of these in The Alps) on the DH bike and I’ll be out of the saddle and probably pushing it on foot but if there’s any bigger hits, jumps or drops I could find myself way out-of-depth (and maybe over-the-bars) on the hardtail. Gotta couple of weeks to give that some thought
June : Tough Mudder, Winchester, UK
“Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie” – not sure about this, I guess it will be a good laugh and definitely worth doing but it just looks like absolute carnage!
July : Megavalanche, Alp d’Huez
Talking of carnage – take a look at the video above. This was the start of the 2012 race! If I get any further than that I’ve got an hours worth of extremely gnarly DH trail with a bit of a nasty climb thrown in for good measure. They call this a (the biggest) Downhill race but it’s definitely an Enduro event if you ask me.
“starting on the glaciated summit of the Pic Blanc (3,300m above sea-level) and descending to the lush meadows of the valley bottom at Allemont (720m), after some 2000 metres down and 30 km along” this is a test of bike, body and mind…if anyone of those three things fails…I’m farked!
August : Looking for a full-on Downhill race to enter in August. Italy would be nice. So if anyone know’s of an event in the area then let me know in the comments at the bottom of the page. Cheers 🙂
September : Les Tenailles, Névache
My nemesis and a killer of an event!…I signed up to the Long race last year and there’s no way I was completing it. At 40km of backcountry trails and 2,600m of positive altitude gain (that’s three big mountain climbs in one day!) it’s no mean feat and it was more that I could handle. I changed less than half way ’round and do the Short race instead which was hard enough and pushed me to the very edge of my physical and mental limits at 24km and only 1,700m of climbing (2 big mountain climbs). But I’m not one to lie down so I’m coming back for more this year – as Daft Punk would say Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger and basically more determined than before…bring it! – tbh, my legs hurt just thinking about it
TIME for change. I’ve always ridden mountain bikes clipped-in ever since the early 90’s with those horrible toe-straps. Since my second mountain biking life I’ve been using Shimano’s SPD system to attach myself to my bike. With various different pedals. Settling on the Shimano’s M530 Trail pedals for the last couple of seasons.
But I’ve noticed that the majority of riders over here use the Crank Brothers system and what’s that they say about change?
So it’s a case of – out with old, tried and tested and in with the new, shiny and different.
A 10 minute test ride and I think I can safely say that I prefer them to the old pedals and the old system. It seems easier to engage the cleat and if it doesn’t engage you have a decent platform with 6 grippy little pins on each side to put down a couple of pedal strokes until you can clip in.
It also seems easier to unclip too – which can be good or bad depending on if you mean to unclip or not!
Think I might put a set of these on the downhill bike (currently ride flats on the DH bike) when the lifts open and see how I get on. The other thing I like is that it looks as though you could jump on the bike with normal trainers on without too much fuss something that the SPD system really doesn’t let you get away with.
Will report back when I’ve really tested them out…but for now, happy 🙂
Published on 17 Apr 2013
Just a small warning: a short scene in this video may disturb some of our more sensitive viewers, so viewer discretion advised, folks!
World Speed Record On A Mountain Bike
Eric Barone is a French sportsman who made a name for himself by setting world speed records on a bike, both on snow and gravel. On April 15th of 2013, he attempted to beat his own record on snow, which was established in 2002 and stood at 222 km/h.
Did he, did he not? Find out here. No talking, just biking.
THIS awesome film is the latest edit by Filme von Draussen and it sure is a good one! This one film pretty much sums up what mountain biking is for me; Freedom, Adventure, Challenge and Pushing yourself both physically & mentally to the max…and then coming down again 🙂
“Life is like a mountain pass. Sometimes you have to suffer your way to the top. But once you get there, it’s worth all the effort. In August 2012, my friend Johannes Riebl and me set out to ride world’s most famous ski tour – on our mountain bikes. We came home with some incredible memories. And a film, to share our story” – Filme von Draussen
Check it out…
Don’t forget to ‘Like’ the Filme von Draussen Facebook page here
And check out words from the film maker here
And check their website here
The 4th and final film by UK downhill’s #1 family – the Atherton’s Four by Three series comes to an end. Basically, building and smashing it down a custom-built quarry in Wales…what’s not to like? 🙂