With far less time than the expected two month window, completing our Dirt Diaries video in only seven days proved to be nothing shy of a challenge. With a pretty clear vision of what we wanted and a half-descent plan for how we were going to do it, the whole production became a checklist execution. Five days of shooting, two days of editing, and seven days of anticipation before getting to see our show and the five others at the Dirt Diaries event.
We were up against the big dogs. Mike Hopkins, Geoff Gulevich, R-Dog, Kenny Smith and Katie Holden, and it became apparent as the shows played for the first time. These guys absolutely threw down and put together some incredible pieces of work. Much respect.
From the first time I spoke with Richie Schley, I could tell he was excited about the project. Despite never having even met, Richie brought such a powerful enthusiasm, commitment and an acting sense responsibility to the entire process.
What I find is so amazing about the bike industry is working with motivated and inspired people who love doing what they do. Not only does it inspire me and everyone else around, it makes every moment enjoyable. This time around was no exception. From my perspective there's not really much that compares with the atmosphere of a shoot when things are going well. There really is no place I'd rather be.
Of course none of this would be possible without you guys, the readers, the audiences, the people who care about mountain-biking. Without you, the work we do would be meaningless and couldn't exist, so I sincerely hope you enjoy what we put together. We made it for you!