Video: Dustin Gilding - The Revealing PT.1

Jul 4, 2012
by Harrison Mendel  
 
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Dustin Gilding is a murderer. And while he doesn’t have a freezer full of carefully packaged human remains he does have a yard filled with mounds of dirt that have been treated with a similarly pathological level of care. A trail shaped militarily – masochistically – with a chunk of steel and wood until every molecule is angled perfectly. Simply put, Gilding kills it with a shovel.

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Gilding is probably best known for his segment in DH Productions’ ‘Here We Go Again' and his legendary backyard dirt jumps. However, those that think of him as a pure dirt jumper are sorely mistaken. His style exists somewhere at the intersection of motocross and BMX. Gilding smashes whoops like James ‘Bubba’ Stewart in an AMA sanctioned event and then rails s-berms that wouldn’t look out of place at East Side trails. You can see the influence of Vanderham as well as Chase Hawk and Bubba. It really is pure mountain biking - a combination of MX and BMX that couldn’t be ridden on any other vehicle.

Whipping out on the 40 footer
  Whipping out on the 40 footer

Most riders I know would kill for the opportunity Gilding has. Twelve acres of land in Abbotsford British Columbia and a 14,109lb (6,400kg) Hitachi EX-80. But having these resources and actually utilizing them are two very different things. The trail didn’t build itself. And you'd need vision to see the trail for the forest. And the perseverance to execute. And the skills to ride it. So it's not quite as simple as it would seem: forest + machine ≠ trail.

S-berms for days
  S-berms for days

bigquotesThere's no better feeling as a builder than people saying they appreciate what you've poured so much into to create. - Dustin Gilding

Deep Summer Entry - Dustin Gilding with a big steezy whip on the 40
  Ride what you dig isn't a credo, it's a lifestyle

After one year of digging, Harrison Mendel journeyed down from Kelowna to shoot the beast. It took two afternoons. That kind of effort/reward paradigm would seem totally asinine to most people but Gilding isn’t most people. ‘’ I am my own biggest critic, so to ride what I've built and love every bit of it is all so gratifying, it makes it all worthwhile.’’

Dustin and a tiny glimpse of his handy work with a shovel
  Dustin and a tiny glimpse of his handiwork with a shovel

Stay tuned for PT2, you don't want to miss it

Video - Harrison Mendel
Photos - Bryce Piwek
Words - Scott Secco



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91 Comments

  • + 29
 the jezebels top off this edit, even though its already so close to perfection. I was waiting for the trail i see in my dreams to come alive. Mad props to all the dudes who put this together.
  • + 5
 I love when you have your own trail or trails at your house and you can just smash on the bitches harder then anyone else... great feeling
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 cheaaa dustin your killing it mad props man!
  • + 3
 Sweet trails. I like the snake berms with the jump in-between. What bike was he riding?
  • + 12
 1:50 was mad skills. you could have read that manual!
  • + 6
 looks like stealthy black TR250
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 I think this is my new favorite vid on pinkbike guys. Sick riding, sick filming, and AMAZING trail building
  • + 1
 This is gnarly. I thought he built this all by shovel, but he has an excavator! Lol
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  • + 25
 would hate to see his knees if he ever stacked!!! he fuckin owned that trail though!!! the manual over those bumps was gnarly
  • + 4
 them bumps be called woops and he braaaped them like pastrana himself. sickest home track i've seen so smooth and moto style
  • - 11
 braapmx....you drive a white 4 door dodge with a hemi and wear white Oakleys and think your BA....am i right?
  • + 9
 Ha na ya got me all wrong, looks like your the one bro'in out with the oakleys btw and if ya gotta know i drive a sweet as 1989 pontiac sedan road trip ready with a hardtail stuffed in back
  • + 3
 why is your name braapmx on a mountain bike website? and everyone and there brother knows what woops are thanks for the clarification.
  • + 1
 Dustin is a weapon either way you boys put it
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  • + 5
 Kudos to both the riding and the trails, superb!

Love how he hits those big jumps with no knee pads, ballsy, the man obviously has never had an ACL recon ;-)
  • + 1
 Yep agree with you. It takes only one ACL and then the protective gear comes on.
  • + 1
 I love my new acl, and yes I protect it religiously!
  • + 2
 I wouldn't wish an ACL recon on anyone. I've only had one and dread when the other knee will need it. No idea how athletes who have 5 or 6 deal with it...they must have better drugs than me Smile
  • + 2
 Will knee pads protect you from tearing your ACL???? don't think so. The knee can easily twist even with knee pads.
What you need to protect it is a knee brace. Fairclough style!
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  • + 5
 its cool the way his name is ike an anogram for gliding in dust...it fits perfectly!!!
  • + 1
 OMG thats actually pretty cool
  • + 1
 Nice one! Best anagram I've seen in a while.
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 Gorgeous trail construction, incredible speed and style over the jumps and through the berms, and that manual over the whoops was unlike anything I've ever seen on a bike; there's got to be an engine on his bike somewhere! I do agree with a lot of you that it was odd seeing him without anything but a helmet, my knees tingled just wathching. Excellent work to everybody involved!
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  • + 4
 Nice edit. VOD maybe but not VOY though. Bloody keen riding without kneepads. Or a neck brace.
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  • + 3
 The manual over the bumps has to be one of the nicest I have ever seen in my life, WOW !! Yep, definitely VOY canidate. Great work to all involved.
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  • + 5
 Tr-250 + D3 + Skill + an amazing track and the Jezabels.... Awesome..
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  • + 1
 this has to be one of the most beautiful edits i've seen in a while... it stands with the ride-deity and matt miles at sun peaks edits for beauty and flow...possibly voy in my opinion.
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  • + 2
 I've got a trail just like that in my backyard............oh wait.....no I havnt .......im dreaming again. Awesome.
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  • + 3
 Holy mother of trail work.
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  • + 2
 My mind was only just holding on and then there was the woop section. Splat.
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  • + 3
 People are getting so creative!!!!
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  • + 3
 raw dawgin without pads dustins the man!
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  • - 2
 Ok really cool spot, no argument on that, much too big for meh but cool spot.

But, and bring in the neg props if you like, why in all the recent videos, the track looks like it's 100m-long, no more ? I mean 4 or 5 shots of the SAME berm is ... too much ? yes he railed it once, twice ... but why the 5 times? Same with the jumps!

Yet we have seen basically a huge double (nicely shaped), 3 berms (same shaping artwork Smile ), and a bit of forest, all that during roughly 2 minutes (rest of the 2:42 of random views, intro, ...). And it's not like if it was a different trick on them berms, no, same whip, same tabletop ... Kinda kills the flow of the video ...
  • + 3
 For a lot of videos on PB I'd have to agree but this one just seems to pull it off. Maybe its the good camera work and different views but it seems to work on this vid.
  • + 11
 it is in his back yard.....
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  • + 2
 Personally one of the best vids I've seen on Pinkbike in ages!
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  • + 2
 Summon your eagle powers, Dustin!
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  • + 2
 no knee pads... like a boss
  • + 11
 he wouldnt be much of a boss with shattered knee caps!!! hahaha
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  • + 2
 Finally a mountain bike edit that doesn't suck. Nice work Dustin
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  • + 1
 so he slides out on the easiest part of the trail and yet kills the rest of the trail???
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  • + 2
 B E A Utiful! Would kill to hit that trail.
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  • + 2
 I hella loved the manual through the whoops. Hella hella hella!!! Big Grin
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  • + 1
 nice Setup and what a trail ! cant wait to see Part 2
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  • + 1
 omg those berms...theyre so nice
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  • + 1
 bike he is riding anyone?
  • + 4
 transition tr 250
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  • + 1
 What frame is he running?
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  • + 1
 omg I'd kill for enough property to build stuff like that on...
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  • + 1
 nice video.
but always the same track & jumps. AMAZING MANUAL!!
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  • + 1
 sick edit, sick riding, sick trail...sick!! only word necessary, sick!
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  • + 1
 Every-time I watch this I get excited to ride
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  • + 1
 nice track dude, excellent riding!
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  • + 1
 ye i like that. good work.
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  • + 0
 insane trail.. such a well put together video. one of my favorites this year so far
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  • + 2
 Anyone know the song ?
  • + 1
 "Endless Summer" by The Jezabels
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  • + 1
 sick vid looks like a fun trail
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  • + 1
 Good lord that would have to be the fastest dude i've ever seen! 10/10
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  • + 1
 f#£€k Me!!!! Wow!
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  • + 1
 Dream backyard track!!
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  • + 1
 Loved every bit of this!
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  • + 1
 Supernice Riding !!!
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  • + 1
 best yard ever
  • + 1
 Should be like a new award,Best Back Yard,he's got my vote..
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  • + 14
 stayed up just to watch this...freaking sweet! gilding is the true definition of a trail boss...spends more time with a shovel in hand than a pair of grips in his hands. I give alot of props to all those trail builders out there, with out you mountain biking would not be they way it is today...so here is to build, maintain and ride...cheers
  • + 15
 "I'm pretty sure 'YOLO' is 'carpe diem' for stupid people."
  • + 17
 "i'm pretty sure you just quoted jack black"
  • + 3
 YOLO? That's so last month. It's all about FISH now. f*ck.It.Shit.Happens.
  • + 2
 People, saying YOLO only makes you look like a retarded attention whore teenager.
  • + 5
 Known in Australia as a 12ie (twelvie). Anyone between the ages of 10 and 16ish. They get drunk on one Vodka Cruiser and complain when their boyfriend/girlfriend/love of their life, breaks up with them after one long week of dating... And they always post of facebook asking for people hosting parties. But its like deciphering the f*cking Da Vinci Code because they tipe lyk dis.

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  • + 1
 Hindus and Tibetan Buddhists might disagree with you on that one dude.
  • + 2
 hoolydooly... we have a lot of 'em in scotland too....
  • + 1
 Juvies. Facepalm You may only live once but you can stuff up many times over.

On the plus side the video was awesome.
  • + 3
 theyre just about anywhere...there's always going to be stragglers and idiots with every generation, nice thing is, for all their talk of living life to the fullest, the "yolo" kids don't like dirt or bikes for the most part...less of em we have to deal with
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  • + 1
 nice skillz man !
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 This is In Abbotsford?
  • + 1
 yea its in his backyard...
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