Video: Church

Jan 14, 2014 at 0:08
Jan 14, 2014
by Zach Heaton  
 
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The electric color of changing leaves and the crisp morning air settling into the hills of North Carolina reminds us of bon fires, dark beers, and the celebration of comfortable outdoor life before the on-coming winter. Fall queues the time to unpack those beaten cardboard boxes in the corner containing random assortments of flannel and winter riding gear, and take to the trails with a quiver of mountain bikes, warm spirits and good friends.



The seed for church was planted while cozily sitting around a blazing campfire with good friends at Snow Shoe Bike Park. Viewpoints were shared about showcasing the prime riding conditions of North Carolina in October. During the talk, beers were slurped, fire works were exploded, and blurry thoughts filled a 50-gallon drum to the brim with ideas of how to make this video a reality. The date was set and the countdown began.

Brandon Blakely, Zach Heaton, and Evan Voss were the motivators behind Church. Our friendship was forged in college through riding bikes, with a mutual interest for multiple sports and the refined skillset that goes hand in hand with mastery of those disciplines. We have traveled distances together for riding but for this trip Brandon and Evan were the bike men and Zach manned the no-fun-gun (camera). With three days of perfect October weather we attempted to capture our mutual appreciation for Fall in North Carolina.

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Why Church? It started as a joke, pulled from some kayaking edit. Over a couple months it turned into something more. I would find myself completely winded at the end of a long climb saying “What a fine Church service this mornin” and it would put a gigantic smile on my face. We are certainly not the pioneers of the term but have managed to redefine it and call “Church” our own. Going to Church is leagues beyond riding your bike. It is an appreciation of life expressed through what you are passionate about. For us, it is goofing off while keeping our minds youthful and fresh while at the same time shredding our local trails to the best of our ability. These elements encompass Church for us.

"Church is different for everyone and for me it involves my best friends, the woods, and being closer to the ones who aren't around anymore. This video is simply about doing what makes you happy for you and not for anyone else....and maybe about shredding some sick trail in WNC too." - Brandon Blakely
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"The weather, riding, and company of good friends made this video really fun to be a part of and I can't wait for round two." - Evan Voss
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"I'm pretty lucky because my job as a filmmaker has allowed me to shoot in some incredible locations and with some pretty cool subjects, but nothing gets me more stoked than shooting mountain biking with some of my best friends, Evan and Brandon. In addition to both being great riders and good sports about doing a line a couple more times (I'm pretty sure they heard "One last time" on more than one occasion) they are great collaborators which makes creating these videos such a great experience. They were long days that we all squeezed into busy schedules but at the end of them we were all so stoked to be doing what we love and in company of good friends. I am sure this won't be the last time we all go to church together." - Zach Heaton (www.zfhproductions.com)

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We would all like to thank Derek DiLuzio for joining the crew during some of the shooting and for taking some awesome photos of the process. Check out his work!
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Church doesn't have to be on Sunday. Your life is at your fingertips. Go play and cherish the f**k out of it!
Words by Evan Voss
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125 Comments

  • + 84
 This is the best trail riding video I've seen so far for 13/14. It captures the spirit of regularly mountain biking perfectly. Great blend of story and riding. Not one point was I bored and that's a win. It's the type of video I would show non-riders what this sport is about and hope to get others riding. Bravo.
  • + 7
 I really enjoyed this video and the fast and fun east coast riding it showed (you listening, From Where We Stand dudes?).

It also reminded me a bit of Ultramontane, which I think is absolute top quality. Each winter since it came out I really miss that series.
  • + 3
 michaeldorian hit the nail on the head with his comment! Well done boys...man I miss western NC!
  • + 1
 Amazing video. Well done indeed. Those boys can shred!!! So much fun to watch.
  • + 1
 I definitely had a good grin going halfway through the vid... fun riding that was fun to watch.
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  • + 46
 WHAT IS THIS WRITING?
  • + 4
 It is the holy writ of the Mountain Cyclists.
  • + 1
 Whats the name of the song?
  • + 1
 first song is 17 - youth lagoon
  • + 1
 Second song is Viices by Made In Heights.
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  • + 31
 "simply about doing what makes you happy for you and not for anyone else" - Couldn't sum up exactly what the sport should be about any better
  • + 25
 Jesus would be proud
  • + 9
 No doubt! It was refreshing to have a good video like this without the constant slow motion product shots and advertisements placed throughout the edit. This makes me want to go and ride, although the foot of snow that fell yesterday is saying otherwise though....
  • + 2
 agreed, there flyin ^
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  • + 23
 You don't know how many times my buddy and I have skipped "Church" to ride. People will give us grief for it at times, but I ask the question "what defines "church" more?
1)Being in nature, reflecting on your week with close friends, Talking through your struggles, your good times, pushing your body to new limits, and having a smile at the end, or
2) lining up in pews, singing some songs, listening to someone "share" for an hour, and talking about where to eat after?
Every forest is a chapel, every bike seat a pew, and every bird brook and tree, a part of the choir.
  • + 1
 Such a wise man
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  • + 9
 Wow this is just incredible! I've been waiting forever for someone to capture the beauty of Pisgah through video. The riding was really impressive too. I just love these trails and make the five hour drive whenever I can. I will be visiting ASAP. Thanks guys for the inspiration and hard work!
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  • + 7
 This is what I was hoping to get from the "From Where We Stand" series... no claiming, no excusing, just letting the riding speak for itself. Thank you for all your hard work on this edit!!!
  • + 4
 ^^THIS... There was a lot of potential for "From Where We Stand"... However this is what I was hoping for also.
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  • + 10
 And on the 7th day God created Singletrack.
  • + 4
 Not God, but some hard working mortals...
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  • + 9
 Reminds me of "God is a DJ" by Faithless.
"This is my Church, this is where I heal my hurt"
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  • + 5
 Great video, but more awesome is paying tribute to one of the best East Coast trail systems...show casing our home turf of North Carolina to boot, home of Cane Creek Components, I-9Wheels & more. Can't wait to see more from you all!
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  • + 5
 I know it probably wasn't filmed there but so many of those lines look like spots on the Yancey's Ridge Trail... We're blessed in NC to have some incredible terrain...what you didn't see were the death by uphills that we have... nice work fellas...
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  • + 7
 Good video. That was some solid trail riding with great editing and camera work. Thanks for posting this.
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  • + 5
 Prob one of the best vids I've seen. It was clean, pure amd dint sell me anything but the experience of mtb. Would love to see more production like this.
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  • + 6
 who cares what you ride...a 6er to the 9er...just like these two just have fun.
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  • + 6
 I attend the church of the muddy hill on a sunday morning.. Very religious I am Wink
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  • + 2
 Awesome riding and some great footage. Loved the video. Pisgah is hands down my favorite place to ride. You guys looked to be a little all over, did I see some Dupont in there? And also looked like a little of the Squirrel Gap loop no?
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  • + 3
 Testify!
(Chant the following)
Nothing beats a Sunday morning ride with friends in the forest on a super rad trail listening to the sounds of nature while purging all the negativity of the past week, Aaa...men
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  • + 4
 There's a lot of great places to ride in this world...but there's truly something special about riding in Western NC that's tough to put into words. Well done guys!
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  • + 4
 Great job guys... title should be "To the wives of mountain bikers... this is why we ride." But "church" is still cool too. =)
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  • + 5
 That is a beautiful video!!
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  • + 1
 Yeah buddy. I go to church as often as possible. Sometimes I even attend nighttime mass. Hurtling down trail with lights is fantastic--but the pause at the top and turn the lights off moment is almost indescribable--and it works EVERY TIME!!
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  • + 2
 If this video doesn't make you want to ride I don't know what will, didn't have time to hit the trails but, It did inspire me to put the tires down on some pave and go for spin around the neighborhood.
  • + 1
 Only 3 more months here till the good riding begins... Damn winter.
  • + 1
 It's not the weather that keeps me from riding, it's college and work.
  • + 1
 That sucks, I apologize for that...
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  • + 4
 huh, an edit with respectable sound quality on the voice over...It's like you actually know how to use your mics!
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  • + 3
 Great Job. These guys rock and couldn't be nicer people or better riders. Great to see my home riding area on the front of pinkbike.
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  • + 1
 That was awesome!!!! Please don't get on the wheel size thing here, I'm not arguing what wheel size is better, just curious.....did that transition seem a little big in the wheel category to anyone else? Wonder if thats the Covert 29 in action?
  • + 1
 Actually if you know that was transition, probably covert 29, current bandit 29er doesn't come in that paintjob. What was the silver bike?
  • + 2
 silver looked like a rawed out Enduro, but I could be wrong
  • + 2
 Silver was an Enduro 26 and the other was a Transition Bandit 29.
  • + 1
 Wow, sending that Bandit!!!
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  • + 1
 I've never been a church person, but after seeing this, I realized that basically I am in church whenever I ride, it gives me time to be out in nature and just enjoy life, most people hate hiking up trails and would rather be shouldn't, but I see it both ways, I love to just stop, and sit on a big rock, and look out at my mountain and just think, I love every aspect of mountain biking, its just time to myself and im only dependent on myself, its pure bliss and freedom. I love the message that this video has, it could not be any more accurate. Thats what church should be about, finding yourself and just enjoying the outdoors, not what it is today.
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  • + 1
 Great work guys! So good to see raw trails that are not groomed like a lot of the vids on PB! Great riding also! Keep filming and keep bring us great vids. Can't wait for all this rain to stop in NC so that I can get back out on the trails!
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  • + 4
 this, more than anyother video sums biking up for me perfectly.
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  • + 3
 Evan kills it. He blows my mind everytime I see him on a bike. 5:01 is retarded! E.T.'s ftw
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  • + 1
 ... I count myself as lucky to be located in western NC ... Pisgah & Dupont forests are just a hour or two away. There's just so many places to ride in a short distance. Even 10 minutes away will have you working for it.
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  • + 2
 Awesome video but what the hell happend with the letters or the writing of the letters?? One of the best videos in a long time though!
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  • + 2
 It's been a few years since I have ridden pisgah and DuPont. This video really makes me want to go back. Awesome trails and awesome scenery
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  • + 3
 Really cool concept and some nice showcasing of riding and sweet ass trails.
  • + 7
 hah.. ass trails
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  • + 4
 Best video of Pisgah I have seen.
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  • + 1
 Was that intersection at Sycamore Cycles and The Hub, just before you go up into the mtns? Can't wait to ride up there in a few weeks, by far my favorite place.
  • + 1
 Thats the spot! Enjoy it!
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  • + 1
 they have to drive over two hours to get to their trails? my everyday church trails are a ride from my house! rocky mountain win! nice vid!
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  • + 2
 This video is insanely good! The riding is excellent - I WISH I could ride like that.
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  • + 1
 Dialed in edit and riding. Big Rock, Burnt Mountain, Farlow Gap, etc are some amazing trails. The Hub is a great shop too. And the creek boating is just as good.
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  • + 2
 Awesome edit ! Loved the riding, especially those little rolls at 1:57 haha
  • + 1
 Do you know what these things are called? Cuz i really wanna learn how to do them. myself and 2 of my friends spent like 45 mins together attempting them on a small hill (most likely not steep or big enough for these rolls) and we failed miserably..... They both were clipped in, but i myself was doing attempting it with flats... Anybody got any tips or tricks on how to do them or know what they are called?
  • + 1
 I just made this up while we were filming the video and called it the milk roll...cause I like milk and being stupid on my mountain bike. It took me and Evan a few tries to get it together for church.
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  • + 3
 Oh, and I hit up church and then go ride. Best of both worlds baby!
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  • + 1
 hell yeah, one of my buddies lived right on cove creek! Thanks for the shout to my home state! why did i move to florida....
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  • + 1
 Lovely vid and great riding. Looked like that 29er needed a bit more travel...
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  • + 2
 Wiked edit. I will make an effort to attend "church" more often.
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  • + 2
 Getting rad on a bike is always spiritual!
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  • + 2
 WHAT THE HELL EVERYTHING IS BOLD
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  • + 2
 Geiger counter is now broken - nice
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  • + 1
 ah gawd...why am I watching these video...I just had surgery and can't ride....IT'S TORTURE
  • + 3
 Ditto. Thanks for showing folks you don't need a shovel and a stack of timber to boost a trail. I think there was only one man made lip in that entire edit..and it was just a rock. Throw down again BB!
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  • + 2
 lord, give us our daily shred
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  • + 1
 Awesome to see you guys and Pisgah on the front page of Pinkbike! WNC represent!
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  • + 2
 awesome vid! WNC represent! Love me some Pisgah...
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  • + 1
 We liked the video, but we wonder what musician is in this video. Good music.
  • + 2
 Seventeen - Youth Lagoon Viices - MADE IN HEIGHTS
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  • + 1
 This is one of the best MTB videos I have seen in a long time...just...wow...Thank you.
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  • + 1
 Great video. But what is the name of the musician?
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  • + 1
 WOW amazing video what is the song?
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  • + 1
 Sunday is my holy day - it's the day I put holes in myself.
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  • + 1
 The Church of Dirt is how I refer to it...
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  • + 1
 so good! trail are a thing of beauty these days
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  • + 1
 Great edit, really enjoyed it!!!
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  • + 1
 Nice work on the edit and riding!
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  • + 1
 Agh! I miss summer so bad I want to cry! This was a beautiful video.
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  • + 1
 Great video, and a concept I completely agree with. Cheers!
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  • + 1
 I love going to church 5 times a weekSmile
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  • - 3
 sorry people but I don't relate mountain biking as to going to a church . sometimes I go to chapel with my wife and funerals and weddings but that's it . I saw this written once . religion devides . you all have a nice day now .peace .
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  • + 1
 Well put together video! Loved it!
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  • + 1
 Good job guys, Church of the Sacred spinning Wheel forever!
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  • + 1
 what mountain are they riding on??
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  • + 1
 i have been calling it going to "church" since the early 2000's..amen!
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  • + 1
 What an awesome Video ! But what's the song called?
  • + 6
 Thanks! Seventeen - Youth Lagoon Viices - MADE IN HEIGHTS
  • + 3
 Not only week after week do we great amazing edits like this one , we also get to hear songs etc, we would never normally hear on the radio. For this and many other reasons this is why Pink bpBike is the best.
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 PinkBike *
  • + 1
 Perfect song for the video and I just saw him in Asheville.
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  • + 1
 Great job, and from locals too!
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  • + 1
 Re-defining the use of the word "church"! Great video thanks guys
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  • + 1
 this is our church. word.
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  • + 1
 What a great riding video. The riding, the editing. Awesome.
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  • + 1
 Youth lagoon is the first song. Anyone knows the other song?
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  • + 1
 Now that´s how you make a Mountain Bike video!
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  • + 1
 I need to get my ass to church.
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  • + 1
 Nice Video I enjoyed that I must say
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  • + 1
 Phenomenal art -- every piece... props
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  • + 1
 In some way make it VOD please !!!
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  • + 1
 Sooooooooooooooo nice. Great job !
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  • + 1
 So rad! Great job, guys!
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  • + 1
 can this go on pinkbike so i can favorite it?
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  • + 1
 Great, great vid, cheers guys. Anyone tell me what that 29er is?? Cheers
  • + 1
 To answer my own question, Transition Bandit.
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 in my church those trails are sin!!!
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