Yesterday I watched this great night riding edit
, which made me instantly want to know more about other pieces of work from the filmer, Colin Stewart. Upon watching over a half dozen more of his edits, I simply want to blow your mind with a Alpine climbing, biking and unique works that he's created.Here are nine films that should strike a chord in all you mountain bikers out there, even if you can't relate to hiking your bike up a mountain goat path to ride back down on that same gnarly little, exposed trail
!Hiking and biking in the Dolomites
Part 2:Autumn riding in Bavaria
:Springtime is right around the corner
Film shows Rainer trials riding on the Iaar Trails in Munich, April 2010. Don't know how long his bike is gonna last, but it sure was fun to watch and film. No music on this Vid, since I quite enjoy the sound of crashing bikes:
It was a lot of fun, and we rode with Fabi and Col an easier/faster trail the other day and I had trouble to keep up with them. So not all of it is this front-wheel cornering and hopping around.
Cofattire : I said a trail without flow is a trail without fun. This doesn't require nothing but groomed, flat out flow. Definitely not! Although airtime is never something to be passed off! I don't hate this riding, and I've done this sort of decent albeit less technical, but that nose pivoting is just one of those things I don't enjoy. It's a skill, and is one to master. But like I said before, it lacks progression, there is no fast way around it, it's a repetitive task of stopping, pivoting and balancing. Something more for a trials bike than a mountain bike.
I don't have anything against the riding, even if I don't enjoy it. My point is it doesn't translate well on video, not to me at least.
They have been criticized in the press? Can you give some examples? I just remember something the other way round. By chance Colin once met an editor from a local paper who was quite impressed and wrote some short but positive notes about it.
The only bad press I have heard from was about riding the Watzmann. Quite understandable I must say. But that has nothing to do with Colins works.
Concerning the alleged irresponsible behavior. This is a prejudice I only heard once from very eldlerly hikers who really had troubles to get down the mountain and just could not imagine us riding down the same path.
However, isn't it a quite limited view of the world? Because I can't do or understand it, so everybody else who can is crazy and irresponsible?!
This kind of alpine riding is done just by a small number of very advanced or expert riders. We are respecting hikers and nature and don't throw ourselves into risky stunts. There's no room for that in the mountains and everyone knows that.
Don't get me wrong here. I have full respect for what these Guys do and their capabilities. The Vertriders in Innsbruck have been around for quite some time and are pushing the limits of our sport.The Problem lies with all the "Copycats" who put themselves into situations that they can't handle, who haven't planned or researched their routes and are badly equiped ! Now that is irresponsible ! As a climber I see too many people on the Mountain who should not be there and this is sinking into Mountainbiking too.
Apologies also for the my comment about Bad Press. I did not mean to refer to this group of Riders specifically, about whom I have read several (positive) Reports. Generally there are too many Riders now riding in places they should not be and where they are over their limits. This has lead to a lot of discussion and criticism, as well as Trail closures in the Alps which of course has resulted in negative Press which we Bikers just don't need !
Of course I think you lot are crazy ! And yes you're right , I can't ride like that ;-)
My Comment was meant to be more general and not a direct critic of the Riders portrayed here. My Apologies .
Alrighty! Now I know what you mean.
And I must admit to be a bit sensitive due to the recent discussion in the IBC ...
Funny name by the way, you based in Munich?
It doesn't really matter whether you are a hiker or a mountain biker. Every year during hikes I see many idiots (in political correction language: irresponsible people) on Via Ferrata type of trails, in sneakers, without any warm clothing, no food. Walking alone. You can have a +20 on a summer day, yet still if something happens to you, really simple like slipping, breaking a leg, knocking yourself uncoscious, making you spend a night over 2000m -> you can get seriously screwed if just in a T-Shirt and shorts. Even worse are those who overthink the whole thing! Crap I saw two people walking a difficult exposed trail tied together with a rope! They were either EMO (you go I go) or just plain stupid Alpine Style wannabies...
You can't do anything about it - some people are stupid. They risk their lives, and the only ones I am sorry for is their families and the rescue teams. RESPECT THE MOUNTAINS - spread that message it's all you can do.
To be clear, are those trails closed for biking? Or are you saying that the trails are legal for biking but hikers dont like the fact you are riding them?
We also have explicit bans that should be respected. But the alpine trails aren't affected usually (if they don't belong to a French national park at least ). Because nobody imagines us riding them! Besides there aren't many riders willing to shoulder their bike for hours and hours ...
However, we really have the problem that we aren't legally allowed to ride single tracks anywhere (except in bike parks and on specially build trails in some touristic regions).
i take it back you would not catch me doing some of that stuff
great riding, nevertheless.....
I said: these wonderful films are known for a long time. I saw it on Vimeo long time ago . But pinkbike and others do not know nothing about this type of riding. This is not the mainstream of MTB, but for several years, the riders from Germany and Austria do this. I do not know who was the first ... Maybe vertriders, maybe not ....
These low cost vids are 100 time are better than the well known , boring and expensive productions . I have enough a movie, with the flying bicycles, in which each scene was preceded by dozens of trials
@wholeeoh07 : Poorly observant of you . look at my profile more carefully
hey where´s the pic of the article???
im amazed 8->
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