Video: Kevin Littlefield - World Cup Aspirations

Nov 12, 2012 at 19:00
Nov 12, 2012
by Jasper Wesselman  
 
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Kevin just finished the racing season of his life. He broke out into the professional field with a fifth place finish at the US Nationals in North Carolina. He represented the US at the World Championships in Leogang, Austria, where he finished 19th, it was his first World Cup race and the first time he had ridden a World Cup course. His training for next year has just started and with more experience and a feeling for the World Cup system, he is going into next year with the hope of having another successful season. Back at home, he comes out to ride some of the loamy DH that the Northwest is famous for.

TMC berm smash at the compound. -www.parisgore.com-

Title image by Paris Gore


The trails we filmed Kevin on represent one of the training sites that other local World Cup riders use. Luke Strobel, Bryn Atkinson, and Jill Kintner are common sights out here.
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45 Comments

  • + 8
 Met him in the parking lot for Stevens Pass - we were snooping around his bike and he was so unassuming - I guess he lets his riding do the talking. Great season man and good luck in the future.
  • + 3
 Nice to see some new faces to the sport, good luck to him, yet made that video Blair Witch Project?
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  • + 9
 this guy is a shredder, the videographer is serial killer....he has succeeded in popping a vein in my left eye
  • - 7
 He has some potential if he stays focused and healthy. Protour advice: get your fitness & especially your legs alot stronger in the winter and spend next year following the fastest World Cup pros in practice. Good luck.
  • + 6
 protour this may be a ridiculous question and i have just noticed that they have yet to kick you off pinkbike, but you do realize that you are one of the biggest and most successful trolls i have seen on the internet and i dont think anyone is going to take any of your advice they will just laugh at how ridiculous you are.
  • + 1
 Protour has a good point though, weight training in the winter is very important.
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  • + 3
 Pac Northwest stand up! Does anybody know the trail, I would probably put a few hours of travel time to ride there. I love seeing riders that are from my area shredding and making it to the big leagues.
  • + 2
 Unfortunately the only people who know the trails are the ones who will tell you not to ride them!
  • - 1
 Clearly you know where the trails are though.. since you shot this edit! So.. you gonna spill the beans on where? And I actually really liked your angles and panning shots. It was different than most of the clips you see on here, and different is more memorable!
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  • + 1
 level of riding is incredible, but I can't help but feel he needed someone better shooting him, serious lack of steady cam and too many shots starting behind trees or looking at the floor... sick riding though, good luck for this year!
  • + 2
 I actually liked the "rough" style and switches between smooth pans vs. shaky handhold (which is much closer to how shredding a downhill track FEELS in real life).

We already get plenty of supersmooth, breathtaking, eyecandy videoes. This was a breath of fresh air.
  • + 4
 I agree with Kev... I'm sure he is INSANELY fast but that shaky-shooting didn't do him any justice...
  • + 2
 Nygaard is precisely right. Anyone can shoot smooth simple video. I could have gone out and set up a static tripod... I was tired of shooting like that and wanted to try something else. Clearly it is getting a very positive result. Also do you understand how difficult it is to shoot a steadycam??? Its not a simple concept... This was the 2nd or 3rd time I had ever taken it out..
  • + 1
 I do understand how hard it is to get a steady cam set up properly having seen one being used in action and having some good and some bad results... it wasn't so much the shakiness though, it was more the panning from the floor and behind tree's etc.
  • + 1
 Steadicam's are a bitch.. not everyone can use them like Silvia! I liked this style, had a mockumentary feel to it and i was diggin it.
  • + 0
 Dude i know this guy he is only 17 and goes to my high school cut him some slack.
  • + 1
 this was more like a shot of nerve gas, not sure about fresh air!
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 im down with using camera stablisers like mini steadicams and Glide cams. but they only work if you know how to work them. they are an art form their selves. in saying that Im assuming you were using one. I get what you were trying to do and the pace of the shooting fit the action and music brilliantly. it just got frustrating when you cut the subject head off at the top of some of the shots pushing the bike to the top of the frame. so well done. just need to log more time on your stabliser.
  • + 1
 No doubt dude! I am new to mine! They are incredibly fun to use but I just need time! I have another edit coming soon and the shots with my glidecam are much much better!
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  • + 2
 i met this kid 5 years ago and was like huh this 14 year old shreds..... fast forward to today and im like hmmm this name sounds familiar!
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  • + 0
 Just to follow up further on how some people were unhappy with the shooting techniques I used following what I said in the actual video comment thread. I made it this way purposefully. I have just as much footage that I shot static cam style at the same trails with Kevin.. I didn't use any simply because I thought it would be viewed as unoriginal! I wanted to experiment per say and I think it is paying great dividends! If you came to hate your in the wrong spot.
  • + 2
 I thought it kicked some serious ass dude. Sick Video!!
  • + 0
 I liked it. I am tired of seeing boring still shots with dslr cameras. I would like to see more videos filmed with HVXs and a lot more zooming that is in focus
  • + 1
 yeah, really, I thought you were shooting this video from the viewpoint of a sniper's spotter, waiting for the sasquatch to pop out of the ferns and letting it have a round!
  • + 2
 matt-beer. The funny thing is though I shot this on a DSLR...
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  • + 4
 J Wess doing it right!
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  • + 1
 Great riding video! Although the part where the cinematographer felt it was necessary to play with pushing the fern and moss in and out of focus almost induced a headache.
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  • + 1
 Great riding!!!But my eyes bleeding,video shoting is at least tiring to watch!
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  • + 2
 nice edit !
wait does he live in that trailer?
  • + 4
 Yep... Kevin is quite the woodsman.. He has known the abandoned trailer life since he was a young one on a push bike.
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  • + 1
 Really good video and riding but the music was so shit.
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  • + 1
 Good edit Jasper i think it is your best one yet!
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  • + 1
 I really liked the style of filming...Good job Jasper. Missin the PNW!
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  • + 1
 suupa pinned, that trail looks amazing
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  • + 1
 Anybody know what the tune/artist is for the riding segment?
  • + 1
 Planisphere part 3 - Justice!
  • + 1
 Thanks buddy. I thought it sounded Justice-ey Smile
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  • + 1
 what is the password!!
  • + 1
 So sorry but for now the video needs to remain password protected..
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