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Stop Frame Rider…

An Unlikely Ride: Binary Bike Stop Motion Video


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.



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New Race Series Kicking Off…

ROUND 1 of the new Enduro World Series kicks off this weekend with the 2nd round of the SuperEnduro in Punta Ala, Italy (the new World Series incorporates existing races into it’s schedule)

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…

Superenduro 2013 | ITW Jerome Clementz from Superenduro TV on Vimeo.

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A Decidedly Hairy Schedule…

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…

May :  Vélo Vert Festival, Villard de Lans

Velo Vert Festival, Villard de Lans

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

“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

The only trailside spectators at Les Tenailles have big f.off horns!

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 :/

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The Haute Route…

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…


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And check out words from the film maker here

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Size Matters…

Cotic Bikes and Steel City Media bring you the next chapter, with an edit designed to put your mind at rest about size issues.

The Cotic Solaris was designed to take the best of our legendary Soul trail hardtail and bring all that to the 29″ wheel format.

– Reynolds 853 steel front triangle with signature Ovalform top tube and new gussetless DZB down tube.
– 44mm standard head tube designed with external bottom cup for taper steerer compatiblity and zero stack top cup for minimal stack height.
– 31.6mm seatpost size is dropper seatpost compatible and the frame has hose clips for the remote under the top tube.
– Clearance for big tyres – 2.4″ Maxxis Ardents fit fine.
– Geometry with commitment! Minimum 80mm travel forks or 470mm rigids. Handles great with 100mm sus forks, strong enough for up to 120mm travel.
– Sizes – 16″ (new for 2013), 17.5″, 19″ and 20.5″.
– The frames are designed to be compact and chuckable.
– Weight – 4.9lbs for the 19″

For info and more, head over to: cotic.co.uk/product/solaris

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Trans-Provence 2012 : The Journey…

As the season draws to and end (although there’s definitely still a couple of weeks of good riding left here) thought I’d whack up this little edit ad 😉 of what has got to be the best timed, staged enduro event on the calendar…bring on TP 2014!


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Double Down, Part 1…

Looking east from Le Mélezin, 1,880m alt.

IT had been a week since my last ride (sounds like an AA meeting), although been hacking ’round town & skatepark on the Nukeproof most days – but not a proper off-road shred in the mountains and that is what’s required for a peaceful mind and happy body.  So on Friday afternoon I decided to go for a big one, and what turns out might’ve been the last high altitude shred of the season…

I went to tackle the Double Descents of Col Des Ayes & Le Mélezin which when I look up at them today (3 days later) are both covered in fresh snow after the first pre-season dump that’s reached its icy hand below 2,000m

First dump to reach below 2,000m

When I say Double Descents that obviously means Double Ascents too!  I set out at about 14h00 at the usual fast pace down to the river then through town to Villar-St-Pancrace and then you climb.  It’s a nice easy fire road all the way up to the little hameau of Les Ayes which sits at about 1,750m alt.  After Les Ayes you get up to a nice clearing/pic-nic spot where you cross the river and continue onwards and upwards…the higher you go the worse the track gets and there’s some pretty steep sections but nothing to testing

Les Ayes, 1,850m alt.



Continuing up the trail and checking my watch I realise I have now done over 1,000m of vertical ascent and as I hadn’t done this route before I don’t know much higher I have to go.  There’s obviously amazing views everywhere you turn but when you come across animals it’s always a good excuse to stop, take a some photos and have a breather for a minute or two…thank you cows bulls      :-/


That young black bull wasn’t feeling me at all and I’d left my matador gear at home so thought it was time to continue up the trail and see how high it would take me.  After about another 100m of vertical I reached a small gite and some little shepherds huts and a bit after that and three hours after setting out the trail stopped at about 2,300m alt.  Time for a drink, an energy bar and try to find the top of the Col des Ayes descent so the fun part could begin 🙂

Trail head, 2,305m alt.

End of Part 1…

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Descente du Galibier…

Panoramic from the summit of Col du Galibier

WHEN someone offers to drive you and your bike to the top of one of the highest mountain passes in the Alps, there’s only ever gonna be one answer…oui s’il vous plaît!

At 2,645m altitude the Col du Galibier is the the sixth highest mountain pass in the Alps.  It’s also the natural border of the Haute-Alpes and Savoie départements, in our little corner of France.  And when included in a stage is the highest point on Le Tour…if you’re that way inclined 😉

But more importantly, there’s an awesome 30km trail from the summit down to my front door…happy days 🙂

Département frontière

From the the road it’s a little hike with the bike up to the actual summit which is about 50m alt. higher, obviously with an amazing 360° panoramic view across the this part of the Alps.  It wasn’t exactly warm at the top and there seemed to be some clouds building up from the west so I didn’t hang around admiring the view for too long, put my gloves on and got to the business at hand, of riding down a mountain…fast

At the summit. 2,685m altitude

There’s some real sketchy, steep, rocky stuff coming down off the summit which had me carrying the bike a couple of times but once you hit the trail it’s fast and fun.  Although you’re soon squeezing the brakes as you have to cross the tarmac that runs up to the top.  But after that you’ve got an uninterrupted 5km of fast, rocky descent with some nice big switch-backs as well as the odd local hanging out on the side of the trail

Lucky they mooooved out of my way :-p

After that section you have to cross over the road that goes up to Col du Lautaret and climb over a gate and then you’re into the best part of the descent.  A very fast, loose and rocky track where you really have to look way down the trail, pick and stick to your line ‘cos a crash there is gonna be very, very painful indeed.  There are lots of nice features to hop over including streams and rocks as well as little sections of flowy singletrack next to the main trail that you can cut through.  Because of the rain last weekend the trails are nicely damp which gives your tyres some much appreciated additional grip



That continues for probably another 10km before you link up with a mixture of tarmac and singletrack weaving it’s way through villages, woods & fields as you slowly descend toward the ski villages of Serre Chevalier.  It’s a nice run as it involves a fair bit of peddling too with some short uphill climbs and some pretty hairy rock gardens where you’ve just gotta stay loose on the bars and let yourself go, skittering over the top of the constantly moving surface and trying to avoid the big stuff.  When you get through that lot things chill right out and you’ve got time to enjoy the scenery a bit more as you wind your way further down the valley, towards home…



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Trans-Provence 2012 – Day #7 : Final Day!

…Sospel to Monte-Carlo!


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By Amah-Rose Abrams on 2 October 2012 in Mountain Bike Marathon

Nicolas Lau is the overall winner of the Trans Provence and the drama of the race continued

Trans Provence came to a close on Sunday and the winner was Nicolas Lau. Over the trails, through the rain, thunder and lightning and to the beach at Monaco the last day of the Trans Provence was an eventful one.

One rider, Sven Martin, broke his arm and had to be airlifted to hospital and despite this his wife Anka Martin finished the day.

There were two severe storms, which saw riders and mountain staff dodging lightning and the trails becoming even more perilous. Following the second storm there was a three-bike pile up but thankfully no more serious injuries.

So the final top three for the men’s race was Nicolas Lau in first, Nicolas Vouilloz in second and last year’s winner Jérôme Clementz came in third.

The women’s race was won by Anne-Caroline Chausson with Anka Martin in second and Rosara Joseph in third.

So a dramatic week at the Trans Provence, what excitements will next years race hold?

Results from Day 7

Overall standings after Day 7

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Col du Granon…

Col du Granon 2,413m altitude

This was a hard ride.  I set out from home at about 10h45 to meet a friend in Villeneuve.  Together we were going ride to the Col du Granon via the gravel track and then hit one of the amazing singletrack descents back down again.

It was a sunny but windy day and I knew it was going to be a tough one when I’d already run out of low gears on the main road to Villeneuve!  The wind was blowing straight at me with the odd big gust from the side, making riding tricky from the start.  I arrived at the meeting point 10mins late and already breathing hard…and we hadn’t even begun the ascent yet…this didn’t bode well

looking east, snowy peaks

When you take the gravel track up to the col from Villeneuve, it starts off fairly tame (by Alpine standards) but before you know it, your bums on your seat and you’re dropping to your lowest gear and just spinning your way up trying to not count km’s or metres above sea-level.  It gets pretty steep in some places and the chat and banter seem to peter out the higher you climb.  I was sorely missing the 11-34t cassette that I used to have before I upgraded to a 11-32t.  Those 2 teeth would’ve made my life just a little easier right then…


The gravel track is about 6km long and in that time you gain about 550m in altitude.  We got to the top of the track in about an hour and that’s when the real fun began :-/

Strava stats for gravel track ascent to 1,900m…KOM baby!

At the top of the track the only way up to the col is to join the road for the last 5km.  Sounds easy hey?  Well it’s not.   It’s very steep & very exposed and it was very windy and very hard work.  The roadside signs telling you how high you are and how many km to the summit seem to take a lifetime to come along even though each sign is only 1km apart…

Those 5km took us nearly an hour to cycle and in that time you gain another 500m in altitude.  My maths is terrible but even I can work out that that averages at a 100m altitude gain for every 1km of tarmac your tyres roll on.  That proved hard work at over 2,000m up in the sky and for half the time into a very strong headwind.  As you follow the road your direction changes and for the last couple of km the wind is behind you which is a relief.  By that time my legs were begging me to stop but I pushed on for the last couple of km and got to the summit feeling good 🙂

Watch showing 2,415m alt. bang on

So we made the top but we still had the traverse to do.  It’s a pretty amazing little trail, nothing more than what looks like a goat track in some places and continues up and down for another 4km of rocky, exposed singletrack but with amazing views down across the valley and beyond to the south east where the mountains continue to the horizon…


South East vista

The descent has got to be one of the best mountain biking trails in the area.  Just awesome.  Very technical and steep with lots of rocks and sketchy bits and plenty of tight switchbacks and trees but also some amazing fast, flowy sections where you can just let go of the brakes and rip it!

All in all, an amazing loop – about 30km from start to finish and if you’ve got it in you to do that climb you will be rewarded with some very special stuff on the way down 🙂


…of course if you haven’t got it in you to do that climb, you can just get someone to drive you up…but that’s cheating 😉

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