Who hasn't dreamt of shredding with their favorite rider? To grab your bike and head out with him/her on some fresh single track with flowing corners and big jumps… Regardless of our nationality, it's something we all think about.
When we were filming Pista Prest Dago
and Moustache Gracias
, my friends and I came up with this crazy idea for the FASTFOKUS team to travel to different countries and film with different pro riders on their favorite tracks.
But with which pro riders and where?!
I spoke with Seb Giraldi, manager of the Châtel Mountain Bike Park, and Ben Walker from Champéry and Scott, and they were immediately motivated by the project.
An episode in Châtel was an obvious choice for me, Châtel being a great mountain bike park which everybody knows and loves. A big place for MTB and the host of one of the biggest European freeride contests : Châtel Mountain Style.
After speaking with Seb I sent a message to Kelly McGarry, who I met in 2010 in Whistler during my holidays. He was open to the idea of making an episode in his home country of New Zealand.
After a few months of negotiation with sponsors and athletes the project was put into motion!
I would like to say thank you to Adidas Eyewear, Spank and Shimano France for their support in this adventure, and particularly Scott, Marzocchi and Châtel because without them this project would have never been possible.
All of these partners have the same vision and hunger as myself to develop the freeride scene all over the world.
I would like to say thank you to the pro riders who accepted to ride with us!
I’m very proud to show that in France we have a big culture of freeride mountain biking and I want to communicate this to the world.
So, I present to you the first episode and the schedule for upcoming episodes, which I hope will entertain you, and motivate you … to ride your bike!1st episode : Kelly McGarry – New Zealand: