We have known and have been following Aaron LaRocque for quite awhile now. He has shot and edited some of the best mountain bike videos we have seen to date. During the slow times of winter, he decided to put this sequence together completely on his own out in the woods. It is fantastic.
“Fall and winter are my slow seasons and I took advantage of that downtime to get out on the bike a bit more. More time on the bike inspired me to get out and shoot a new edit, one shot 100% by me, of me. It was refreshing to get out with nothing but a tripod and work on something entirely at my own pace.”
A friend from Costa Rica sent us this video of Tom van Steenbergen completely killing it. After watching the first 30 seconds…we knew it was too good not to share. Fantastic setting and editing. Enjoy the watch.
Mike Steidley headed over to France and shot this trials mountain biking footage entirely with a GoPro Hero2. He really shows throughout the clip how crucial balance is to mountain bike control (even though he is on a purpose built trials bike). It really is amazing how much control he has over the bike, his body and where he wants the tires to end up as he navigates the boulders.
On a side note…it is really cool to see the trials side of mountain biking start to pick up steam again.
This latest video out of Silvia Films is incredible. The premise of “I just have to get out and ride” is one that we all feel at some point in time. We are sitting back in the house, watching mountain bike videos while conditions are anything less than ideal outside. All of the sudden, it hits. You just have to ride so you make it possible.
It was a great intro and watching Matt Hunter rip up Kamploops is never a bad thing either. The night shots are something you typically don’t see in videos as well.
Anther all-star cast is making it out for an epic mountain bike video by Anhill Films…Strength in Numbers. I really like the premise of this production. While it seems to be some more of the high flying action of Thomas Vanderham, Matt Hunter and Cam McCaul, the producers and writers are now starting to mix other disciplines of mountain biking into the big productions.
It will be out in May of this year…we’ll let you know when it is officially released so you can pick up your copy.
Strength in Numbers is a rally call to connect all mountain bikers, regardless of location or language or discipline. The film captures a true way of life, from the world’s best pros to those who are just learning to love the sport. Shot over two years in some of mountain biking’s most iconic locations, Anthill’s signature style combines compelling stories with core action to create a shared experience that unites all riders. Come join us!
Some of the crew sponsored by Fox Racing headed out to Irvine, CA to check out the Fox HQ and test out the 2013 gear. You don’t get to see any of the new components (outside of the jerseys and shorts they are wearing in the vid) but it is cool to see some of the pump track and other behind the scenes action at Fox HQ.
The Fox Mtb team spent a few days here at the Fox Irvine office discussing 2013 product. They also had some fun riding in Laguna as well as the Fox pump track and mini moto track.
This morning, I woke up and did my normal Monday routine. I started the coffee, warmed up the baby’s bottle and started to feed the little guy while watching some of the latest mountain bike videos to hit the web. I came across this vid on Pinkbike.com and it is unique to say the least.
I’ll be honest…I have never heard of using little bikes to find better lines on the trail, but the outcome is entertaining in video. The riding ability it takes to navigate tiny bikes (think kid BMX small) around a built DH course is pretty impressive. While they are not getting the fastest time down the track, they are certainly showing that you do not necessarily need all of that suspension to successfully ride technical mountain bike trails.
Started a project for a local film fest. The lines we built got snowed over the day before we headed up to film, so we scrambled and came up with this! Turns out it was quite popular at the film fest. Enjoy, and check out my facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Oliver-Woodland-Films-and-Photography/188150844553783
I keep up with Aaron LaRocque’s edits through Facebook and he brought this one to my (and everyone else that follows his timeline) attention due to the massive success it has seen on Pinkbike.com. At the time of this posting, it has over 151,000 view that are well deserved. This video rocks…check it out.
This week’s photo comes from milton1055 from the Bike198 Flickr group. The reason I picked it was because it illustrates one of my favorite parts of mountain biking…sessioning an area of trail. In this image, the group is standing around while watching another rider pick his line over a technical section of trail (with cameras in hand in case it is cleared…or maybe better…wrecked!).
For me, this image captures everything that is great about mountain biking. Friends, social, challenge, outdoors…it all combines to give us our fix as we head out on the trail for the weekend. Setting up like this is also something I wish we did more of in our riding group. These sorts of challenges make you a better rider.
Pick the Line
Looking for the line. Horsethief bench.
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Danny MacAskill is at it again…and these videos never get old. Arguably the most talented trials rider of our era (outside of Hans Rey), Danny has managed super stardom thanks to YouTube videos and this one does not disappoint.
What really gets me is actually not the raw talent, but the creativity that goes into every move as he navigates urban terrain. There is a lot of thought and uniqueness that goes into every stunt.
I came across this video from MADProductions the other day and was floored. This trail in Portugal looks incredible. Great backwoods riding with quick, tree ridden singletrack. It doesn’t get much better than that.
What I love about this video is how much it just makes me want to get out and ride. You won’t see any huge drops, back flips or insane whips over massive doubles…just fast single track riding and loads of flow.
The adventure continues in the trails of the beautiful Madeira Island, Portugal. Rui Sousa hits the tracks again with his smooth style. The union between human, machine and nature continues; basically, it’s our way of living.
We cleaned the track for a couple of days before filming. It’s a long way up, taking everything we can in backpacks. It’s hard, but this is our way to explore other angles, new perspectives, and search for the perfect image. The project is simplified because we work with a great rider and a great friend. Rui and the MADproductions crew demand perfection !
Thank you so much to Vitor Sá, Martim Noronha, Pedro Costa, João Silva, Júlio Barbosa, Miguel Gonçalves. Without them this project wouldn’t be possible ! Thank you !
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Last night, I was tooling around some of my favorite sites when I clicked on one of the best links I ever have in mountain biking. My friends over at NSMB.com started up a new video series called “Hey Neighbour”. In the second video in the series, they feature Will Craig who was in a car accident 12 years ago and lost his left arm. He now rides the drops and tech of North Shore with a prosthetic arm custom made with a Fox rear shock.
I have see a lot of things in mountain biking over the years, but this has to be…quite possibly…the coolest and most inspiring thing I have seen in the sport in a long time.
I’ve tried to find out why the trails are so unnaturally hideous and yet so naturally beautiful. Some people say it is because of the terrain, some say the weather, some say because of the bikes, some say because of the history of the sport here, but Will Craig gave the most honest answer to this. “We want the trails to be hard. I want risk, I want challenge.”