Video: Antoine Bizet and Nico Vink - Ultimate Freeride Line - Utah

Jan 10, 2014
by Damien Vergez  
Behind the scene UFL FastFokus



Words : Damien Vergez

Filming in Southern Utah is limitless, a never-ending ridge line where the landscape is vast and the possibilities are endless. The natural terrain here gives riders enough space and infinite possibilities to truly express their riding. Everywhere you look there are options ready to be shredded.

When you walk on this dusty ground, it makes you feel like you are on Mars… except with mountain lions and tarantulas. Mind you, it is, after all a desert. In this series we'll be searching for the best and steepest lines as we take freeride mountain biking right back to its core, explore the gnarliest place on earth and do it all with the world's best big mountain shredders.

And what a better place to start this MTB series than Utah ?

Behind the scene UFL FastFokus

Behind the scene UFL FastFokus

Behind the scene UFL FastFokus

To make this edit in just 5 days was a constant challenge, especially for Antoine Bizet and Nico Vink who had just finished a week at The Redbull Rampage. After one of the most difficult and exhausting contests of the year, they managed to maintain the stoke to ride their bikes. Always seeking the best lines to work for the film, the guys were 100% focused on doing whatever it took to share their vision of freeride. It was a real pleasure to spend this week with Nico and Antoine who are both passionate riders committed to perfection.

Behind the scene UFL Ale Di Lullo Photography

Behind the scene UFL Ale Di Lullo Photography

The conditions were also difficult: dust, heat and especially wind frequently made riding and maintaining equipment really difficult. The wind was out in full force every afternoon, reducing the window to capture really good action shots and at the same time hugely increasing the risk of crashes.

Behind the scene UFL FastFokus

Behind the scene UFL FastFokus

Behind the scene UFL FastFokus

Behind the scene UFL FastFokus

Behind the scene UFL FastFokus

Behind the scene UFL Ale Di Lullo Photography

Behind the scene UFL Ale Di Lullo Photography

Behind the scene UFL FastFokus

Behind the scene UFL FastFokus

Behind the scene UFL Ale Di Lullo Photography

Behind the scene UFL FastFokus

Behind the scene UFL FastFokus

Behind the scene UFL FastFokus

Even if it may have been the most difficult place to film, it was also the best place for riders to express their skills. And when you have golden light everyday, beautiful colors, and awesome landscapes, you can not complain.

Behind the scene UFL FastFokus

Behind the scene UFL FastFokus

Behind the scene UFL FastFokus

Behind the scene UFL FastFokus

After a week of hard work from all involved, we got some serious results - I hope you enjoy them!

A big thanks to ION and HT Components for their support in this episode. Thank you for the great time Ale Di Lullo and for these great shots !

Stay tuned for the upcoming episodes !

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53 Comments

  • 33 0
 In case anyone is wondering, this is the old rampage site in virgin utah. At the beginning they take the flying monkey trail and segway off to king kong. The rest is all hike a bike from the parking area. If your interested in going to utah and hitting this stuff, you can camp there, or their are some cheap hotels in Hurricane. Zion bikes is where we went for any tech as the are well stocked and super cool guys. Shout out to local Jeremy Hottinger for being the coolest person to ride with!
  • 4 1
 when i was visiting the grand canyon my family and i had lunch at a wendy's in hurricane, how far was it from the old rampage site?! i was that close without knowing it!!!!??
  • 5 0
 Mountainbikebelgium - Yes. You were appx. 20 minutes from the old Rampage site if you were in Hurricane. Next time!
  • 1 0
 Yeah just be sure when you're camping at the old site to watch out for key-happy meth heads or your whip will get scratched up.


Second picture down, is that by chance The Swell a.k.a. mini grand canyon? That place is so sick.
  • 1 0
 @mountianbikebelgium, as stated above you were 20-30mins away

@scott-townes, I guess we were fortunate

The rampage site and those trails are intimidating, you have to either love jumps and drops, or shredding some sketchy rocky trails, last year all i worked on was surviving, so i cant wait to return.
  • 3 0
 After been ridden by some many people, Utah is still a virgin.
  • 23 1
 The ending credits should have been longer...
  • 17 0
 Antoine is an amazing rider. Bummed he never really got a run at the last rampage.
  • 10 0
 Did he just front flip a downhill bike!?
  • 3 0
 He frontflip his Kona on the Taxco urban DH in Mexico too, and win (obviously) the best trick : www.zapiks.fr/best-trick-taxco-antoine-biz.html Smile

And it's not in the video, but he did a backflip on the first jump, and a frontflip on the second... Crazy !
  • 1 0
 Antoine and Rheeder are turning freeride into superslopestyle. Who's gonna be the first to flip whip a big bike.
  • 1 0
 @choppertank3e Some people do flip-whips with big bikes (my friend does it with a SX Trail), but in competition like Rampage, this can be a winning run :O
  • 5 0
 Lovely capture of the S. UT bike spirit. Makes me want to go camp at Old Rampage and push my bike so bad!!! Smile
  • 2 0
 The initial angle on the top end of the FM was very unique and with the golden light was just absolutely stunning. The riding of course was incredible, Nico and Antoine have great style each in his own way. I love southern Utah.
  • 5 1
 Killer job guys! Flipping the flake drop would be burly!!! Nice. Always enjoy watching Nico ride! Super chill guy too
  • 4 0
 NIce king kong footage, Old rampage site is sick to ride. Wish Andreu was in this film with them he kills that area
  • 2 0
 I stay in Rockville (It's a small town at the entrance to Zion between the park and Virgin) and pass this on the way.

You don't realize how gnarly this stuff is until you see it in person.
  • 6 1
 worst music ever...i felt like i was watching an 80's Warren Miller movie
  • 4 0
 dam vid isn't loading for me, boohoo,
  • 2 0
 i think it's an "apple" bug fu*k this shit i wanna see this video
  • 2 0
 saddle up a different comp then! This is the best edit in months!
  • 2 0
 the line nico rides at 1.45 is the craziest line ever, cant tell from video, but if you make a small mistake you are done
  • 5 0
 Bizet was actually my favorite to win this years Rampage, to bad he never got his second run. But I never knew Nico was so good. Right when 1.45 started I had a brain fuse. You never needed to point it out. But I'm so glad you did, and thankfully now I know I'm not crazy. Because that clip totally messed with my head. You have to keep telling yourself it's not as bad as it looks. It must be a camera angle. But your saying that sh*t is for real. Haha.
  • 2 0
 I was there when they were filming that at the old rampage site. Nice guys. They gave us their Rampage tires.
  • 3 0
 great write up and pics,................vid wont load though
  • 1 0
 that Edit made my Day ! Im so hyped up i think i have to clean my Bikes ;-)
  • 2 0
 less cleaning, more biking Smile
  • 1 0
 It has make my MONTH!!! Congratzzz DAM you are a killer
  • 3 0
 This edit rocks Wink
  • 1 0
 You don't see that kind of gnar every day! I gotta get to those trails soon.
  • 2 0
 Why can't I watch this video?!
  • 1 0
 Does anyone know another link to this vid? It won't load on this page for me =/
  • 2 0
 Go the epic tv site. Can then watch on the ipad
  • 1 0
 Makes me want to go there so badly!!!!!
  • 1 0
 Love the type treatment. Everything about this was well done.
  • 1 0
 Fuck yeah. And put together quite nicely!
  • 3 2
 I'm trying to figure out how its possible to ride with balls so big
  • 1 1
 Haha you are fucking right!!! Buffalo balls!!!!
  • 1 0
 R.I.P. they just killed the trail!
  • 1 0
 "you need a hatchback son not a Limosine" Adam Brayton.
  • 2 1
 There ain't no buffalo in Southern Utah!
  • 1 0
 That was my first reaction, then I found this:

www.utah-travel-secrets.com/utahbison.html

Seems like the Henry Mountain herd is mainly from Hanksville down to Lake Powell, so more in the central part of southern Utah, but it also states some of the males went west, so maybe they actually saw one of those few.
  • 1 0
 The buffalo was located at the exit of Zion, on the road to Kanab ! So, yes in Utah.
  • 1 0
 I've lived here my entire life and have NEVER seen wild buffalo... But I have seen that little pasture with half a dozen bison outside ZNP, but that doesn't count!
  • 1 0
 Yeah, I haven't seen them down south at all, but I'm usually more on the Moab part of southern Utah.
  • 1 0
 sick video, awesome riders, good job guys
  • 2 1
 Absolutely badass
  • 1 0
 POD's, POD's everywhere!
  • 2 2
 Didn't Know Bizet was riding for Kona... wasn't he riding for KHS?
  • 4 0
 He never rode for the american brand!
Have u seen his double back on his operator at nine knights??? Loco francesito!
  • 3 0
 Then I must have mistaken him with somebody else. Thanks for explaining it audric!

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