Doing a project like 'Straight Forward' has been something I've been wanting to do for quite a while now, so bringing this into reality was incredible. In terms of riding style, what I find myself most attracted to is precise, technical lines where I need to be 100% on the ball. In recent film projects, I've been lucky enough to work with great teams to build some really fun trails that cater towards a downhill slalom-style design.
For this project, I really wanted to do something stripped down and just show a single, technical line in a more or less uninterrupted sequence.
It was great working together with the Big White crew to build this piece of trail that was completely translated from a concept drawn on a piece of paper to reality in a short amount of time.
Although short, this particular trail pushed me harder than those previous projects.—Bas van Steenbergen
Nose bonk it out
Slice and dice
Each roller, scrub and bonk was so tight together, it took a lot longer than usual to connect everything into those long sequences.
The combination of needing to get the line dialled along with rigging up each long cable-cam system and then having them both come together at the same time was a lot trickier than expected.
We had a relatively short window of time to capture what we needed before the snow was forecast to shut us down for the season.
Liam and I would set up a cable in the morning of each day, clearing a path and choose the best vantage point which is a pretty fun, but time consuming process. We could then string up the camera and begin testing the shot to hopefully get it at the end of each day when we had a 1 hour window when the harsh "disco-ball" light would drop behind the trees.
This meant if either I couldn't get my line or they couldn't get the timing of the cable shot, we would have wasted a whole day and we'd have to try again in our evening window the next day.
Although tricky and stressful at times, it definitely made it a lot more gratifying when we did get it.—Bas van Steenbergen
Liam Mullany and Harrison Mendel do the math on avoiding Bas' decapitation through the tree gap