For many January means only one thing: Supercross. In the long months between World Cup seasons there aren't many better ways to get your racing fix. Because it's the start of the Supercross season, all the teams, riders, magazines and websites are bringing out their A-game to get people excited and this year there's been an especially good crop of videos that have hit our screens. Here's a few of our favourites.
What do you think about this, would you like to see some more pieces like this once in a while, or do you prefer it when we keep engines out of it?
Dream Ride: Stewart & Cachia Heli Shoot
Helicopters make everything more at least 45% cooler, that's true for everything from shuttling mountain bikes to Apocalypse Now. So when you take a remote Australian island, an ultra slow-motion camera and two up and coming riders, and then throw a heli into the mix, the outcome was always going to be pretty special. This is what HD was made for.
The Privateer featuring Scott Champion
With the circus around the Supercross series, which pretty much dwarfs our World Cups, the guys who are scrimping and saving just to be there and compete are often forgotten. Scott Champion talks to the guys at Vurb about his preparation, his plans and the challenges he faces just trying to make it to the big show. This is a story that so many racers can relate to, regardless of what you race on or in.
Ryan Villopoto: Soul Survivor
Last year Ryan Villopoto absolutely killed the Supercross series to walk away champion. Take a look behind the scenes with this film at the work you need to put in to reach that level.
Dean Wilson Heli Shoot
His Scottish/Cali accent may count as one of the weirdest you'll hear this week, but we're just saying that because we're jealous of Dean. He's younger than us, faster than us and pinning it in the Supercross Lites class for the Pro Circuit Kawasaki team. Again, the rule of helicopters applies here. We'd like to see more of them in mountain bike films.
Chad, Reed Castillo Ranch
Chad Reed is a determined man. A two-time Supercross champion, at the end of 2010 he was looking at life outside the Supercross circuit, nobody was willing to take a chance and give him a ride. Rather than take it lying down he came back even harder in 2011 with his own team, 22 Racing. After taking a couple of round wins last year, he's looking even stronger coming into this year. Here's him do what he does best, hittting the track, and talking a bit about the forthcoming season.
Thursday Morning featuring Ryan Dungey and Marvin Musquin
2010 Supercross champion Ryan Dungey made the move over to KTM this winter, here he is grabbing some pre-race practice with his new team.