Video: Church Two

Jan 6, 2015
by Zach Heaton  
 
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It is January. Winter vibes have descended upon us. The nonsensical daylight savings time has drastically limited the amount of sessions for those on the full time workweek grind. Night riding is an option but it just doesn’t provide the same sense of satisfaction. But we are lucky in North Carolina. The mild temps and lack of substantial snow keep us ridding throughout the winter. The rides are shorter, yet essential for maintaining skills from the previous season. Quietly mastering that new cornering technique until the birds start chirping and the flowers start blooming. The short rides build for the coming of Spring, Summer, and Fall. The time when the real sessions go down. With seven months of optimal temperatures in NC, enduring a few cold months chilling is nothing to fret.

Brandon Blakely and Evan Voss mountain bike in WNC. Photo Derek DiLuzio http www.derekdiluzio.com
Brandon Blakely and Evan Voss mountain bike in WNC. Photo Derek DiLuzio http www.derekdiluzio.com

Winter allows time to let the body heal up and prepare for the coming of a new season. I feel constantly burdened by frozen daydreams about sweat beading down my forehead while chasing buddies down the trail. A hot steamy after work session crushing corners and finding new rollers to double up. The grind of the day vanishing with every pedal stroke. Then SNAP, another email pops into the inbox. A brief glance through the window drags me from fantasy to wintertime reality.

Brandon Blakely and Evan Voss mountain bike in WNC. Photo Derek DiLuzio http www.derekdiluzio.com
Brandon Blakely and Evan Voss mountain bike in WNC. Photo Derek DiLuzio http www.derekdiluzio.com

We hope this video sparks some daydreaming of endless forest filled with technical and challenging single track, mountains, and tall trees. Accompanied by your best friends, shredding till dark, and up till midnight drinking brews Chattahoochee style.

Evan and Brandon check out a clip with Zach in WNC. Photo Derek DiLuzio http www.derekdiluzio.com

Cheers to swimming, sweating, ya boys, and summer daydreaming! Church.

Logos for Church
Huge Thanks to: Cane Creek Cycling Components, Industry Nine, and Onza Tires for the support.

All photos by Derek DiLuzio www.derekdiluzio.com

Church Crew with the official nofungun L gt R Scott Abla Zach Heaton Brandon Blakely Derek DiLuzio Evan Voss
  The Church Two crew. From Left to Right: Scott Abla, Zach, Brandon, Derek, and Evan.

Photo Derek DiLuzio http www.derekdiluzio.com


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103 Comments

  • + 66
 Video editing is based on personal preference. My comment on your video editing is...IT'S FREAKING AWESOME! The slow mo was done at the right times letting us see details in high quality. Thanks for the motivation!
  • + 9
 Zach you freakin killed it! Along with my other homies Evan and Brandon! This video makes me feel good to be a North Carolinian.
  • - 32
flag mentalhead (Jan 6, 2015 at 14:01) (Below Threshold)
 What do you mean? The video is almost entirely shot in slow mo. It is obviously too much and I don't see how someone can deny that. If you are a slow mo fan, that's ok, but if you are not - it's just too much slow mo here.
  • + 5
 This video shows why mountain biking is so awesome! Man, I want to ride right now....And I just got back from one!
  • + 7
 The use of slow mo here goes perfectly with the soundtrack! Kudos to your film!
  • + 7
 This is how good I think I am when I'm riding my bike when I dream
  • + 65
 Wait a minute.... did he reach down to his seat, and extend the dropper post, while in the air at 3:17???? I believe he did!!! WTF?
  • + 9
 He must really hate his plums
  • + 3
 He was priming his suspension dropper to absorb the landing impact
  • + 4
 "Suck these nuts"
  • + 0
 I am actually really wondering what happened there...stuck dropper? Raising on a jump? Had an itch? And if you look at 1:13 he's got a remote dropper...?
  • + 5
 He went to do a seat grab and was able to pull his dropper up by hand.
  • + 2
 ^^that
  • + 18
 Personally I feel like this second part of "church" hasn't lived up to my expectations. The first video was sooo good and I'm still continuously watching it, whereas this one wasn't as exciting and personal as the first. It's a shame but then again the riding in this video is top class as well as the first one. No hate please because I'm only sharing my personal opinion haha
  • + 10
 I agree. The first church is one of my all-time favorite videos. The riding in this is great, but it's lost some of the magic of the first video.
  • + 5
 I have to agree with you.I have been looking forward to this video for so long that i guess it would have to be another level above church 1 to truly satisfy me. Unfortunately that is impossible.
  • + 4
 Did this one have way more slow mo? I finished watching it and realized, yeah, the video was slow, the music was slow, it was almost boring.
  • + 6
 IMHO, this is a great video. I haven't seen the first one, but I'd much rather see something different like this than yet another video of someone hitting the Whistler Bike Park.
  • + 3
 Vw If different is what you're looking for go watch the first one, it'll change your life on the bike, I know it did for me.... I ride completely different than I did a year ago just because of church... It's inspiring and I'm beyond blessed to be within only 4 hours of its filming site
  • + 3
 I agree that the first one was more personal however, I think this is an awesome continuation of the series. Its very easy to copy something that you did before and a lot harder to create something that references the first episode but stands alone as its own video. I know that I'll be watching both of these amazing videos over and over again for a long time! Two of my favorite videos on Pinkbike! @The-mnt-life365 you are very lucky to live so close. I rode down there last summer and the entire time I was down there I couldn't stop smiling. Just a hell of a lot of wicked fun riding and great people!!
  • + 1
 I actually prefer the riding and the filming in this one, though both are great. I think the slo mo was better used in the second. This one is more of a straight up ride video featuring the two riders. Meat and taters.
  • + 2
 this video has grown on me just like the first one did.the more i watch it the more i appreciate it.
  • + 13
 This makes me want to shred new lines, Cheers! NC born and bred, and I'll be a Tarheel till I'm dead.
  • + 6
 ive seen these guys in three edits and each time they've had different bikes
  • + 5
 Two of them work for Cane Creek so they have access to a ton of test bikes. They both own the Devinci Troy
  • + 3
 cool beans cool beans
  • + 7
 Good luck finding "that" trail. From what I could tell it was a mix of close to a dozen different riding spots. Pretty sure I saw lower sidehill, Burnt Mtn, Mills River, the post office, maybe Green River (haven't ridden there), what I think were a secret stash or two.

You guys are overhyping what's happening in the Church videos. Neither video in revealing some mega incredible riding locale. They're just having fun on their bikes in any way they can...skids, swaps, grinding. Being Creative.

The videos are so enticing because you can tell they're just having as much fun as you can on every square inch of singletrack they can find. Locals killing it.
  • + 7
 Wish I had arm swag like the homie on the red bike. In my opinion it's easier to take off both hands than just taking one hand off.
  • + 6
 I could have sworn I was watching the cane creek inline infomercial from months ago, but damn good riding/trails none the less.
  • + 8
 I guess that one guy had his plaid shirt in the wash...
  • + 3
 Amen!
These guys are like my heroes. I don't know them but I want to ride like them. They have a style that I want to emulate. I think the slow motion in this was good. I guess if you're sick of slow mo then no slow mo looks good. Anyway, I liked the detail and the beauty of oneness of man and machine that was captured here in the video that at times presented the action more slowly than it actually occurred. It was like art in motion or slo mo bike porn. My hats off to the riders and the videographers and editors on this one. I even liked the soundtrack. Was that song in Django?
  • + 5
 so Sick! Awesome music, awesome riding, awesome location... I think I'm going to pull the trigger and move down to Asheville.
  • + 1
 What was the music? I didn't see it in the credits and I really liked it.
  • + 4
 Riff Raff haha
  • + 1
 do it upside.mass does have the Vietnam trails though.
  • + 1
 I need to head back east; my family lives in Mills River. Last time I was there I got some bad advice from a local shop as to where to go to ride. Next time I need to find some locals!
  • + 1
 @iridept: Turns out the song is John Legend, from the Django Soundtrack
  • + 6
 Tire tap at 5:24 off drop. Mind blown.
  • + 5
 Good to see someone else drinking his chocolate this way...
  • + 3
 love that my state gets repped in these.
Bring that film crew up to Watauga/Avery soon!
  • + 2
 what trails were these?just got land there and was just wondering if someone could tell me the names of the trails with the jumps n drops.pleeeease.area is super sick!
  • + 1
 How far is riding like this from Raleigh and how accessible is it? My company is HQ down there and I could end up there before long.
  • + 2
 4-5 hours depending on what part of the forest you're going to.
  • + 2
 there's some solid riding in and around Raleigh too, though
  • + 2
 I'm in Raleigh NC too, I like to go check this place out some day! Where is this place? Black Mountain, Pisgah area? Does anyone know the name of the forest and the trails?
  • + 0
 Pisgah and I think Dupont as well
  • + 3
 Uwharrie is only an hour away from Raleigh and has some really fun trails. Trail wise from this video, its all over, not one single area.
  • + 2
 Many favorite parts, but the ending with the bewildered random biker is quite great.
  • + 2
 Evan Voss murders it always! I wanna know where that sick hip is around 3:15 and the rock drop at the end? RAMFB!
  • + 1
 I kept this last episode open in a browser for three months. everytime I restarted this video would start playing. Nice stoke.
  • + 2
 What to show people when they say "why do you like mountain biking so much? It's too dangerous!"
  • + 2
 You mean there are people outside of B.C. that rip too...?
  • + 1
 Awesome vid - creative lines, solid riding. Small nitpick though: why no credit to John Legend for that awesome song?
  • + 3
 2:30, I hear avid brakes
  • + 1
 Were they riding or skating... JIB Masters... yep, that how is how you ride!!!
  • + 2
 hey guys what bike is the red one?
  • + 3
 looks like a transition bandit
  • + 2
 North Caroline....the other BC.
  • + 2
 holy shit they did downhill level drops on trail bikes
  • + 1
 Nice video , but personally I prefer Church I , that video has more cinematic look and different camera angles .
  • + 1
 So awesome. Wonder what trails they are riding. I'll be there later this month and am looking for stuff like this.
  • + 2
 I've got a sudden craving for tacos.
  • - 2
 Edit needed due to this statement: "The nonsensical daylight savings time has drastically limited the amount of sessions for those on the full time workweek grind."

Daylight savings time is sensical, and occurs during the summer months. Standard time is nonsensical, and occurs during the winter months. The name itself is indicative of when daylight savings time occurs. Daylight is "saved" in the summer by turning the clocks ahead one hour, thus prolonging daylight into the late(r) evening.

Sweet vid by the way.
  • + 2
 No one wants to talk about the Devinci Troy these days....
  • + 2
 Not true, nice to see the Troy in action!
  • + 2
 Love that Troy!
  • + 2
 That ballsack grab @3:14 !!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 That is what riding is all about for most of us. (although maybe most of us can't ride like that.....but still)
  • + 1
 Really nice.....
but..... I'm so fed up of over use of slow-mo.
Could we have some video that is, and LOOKS, fast?
Please?
  • + 2
 dawp
  • + 1
 Where are y'all riding? need a new spot in western nc and this looks sick
  • + 1
 why most of the riding vedio i saw was filmed in a rainy day???
  • + 1
 This is how I wish I could ride: So playful yet full control.
  • + 1
 Oh, but those orange wheels...ooohhh. I want that!
  • + 1
 I am still hoping for episode 3
  • + 1
 awesome Smile , and Django soundtrack also very good
  • + 1
 So psyched to see someone use that song, so good!
  • + 1
 Awsome dudes loved it, mad skillz
  • + 1
 That trail !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 That was badass. Nuff said.
  • + 1
 i wanna know what church they're going to, cause that was INCREDIBLE!!!
  • + 1
 On clipless too, incredible.
  • + 1
 What is the name of that trail I'm certain if ridden it before
  • + 1
 OMG, that old Balance!!! Love it.
  • + 1
 That's my kind of ride! Minus skills and hipster shirts ;-)
  • + 1
 Shredding playfully on sick trails. Those fellas are so damn fun to watch!
  • + 1
 Soundtrack and footage amazing!
  • + 1
 These trails look amazing! NC is a must now...
  • + 1
 What are the dyed hubs/spokes?
  • + 5
 Industry Nine's.
  • + 1
 Cracking video! Most amusing.
  • + 1
 MOAR. We need a full length film!
  • + 1
 Some of the best on the east coast!
  • + 2
 Mapei FTW
  • + 1
 Was ok I suppose :-)
  • + 0
 intro blabbering was funny because ironic
  • + 1
 Sooo sick
  • + 0
 Skip to 2:10 and save yourself some time
  • + 1
 Very nice!
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