Deathgrip: Brendog and Ratboy Shred the Best Track Ever - Video

Jul 24, 2017
by Clay Porter  

To celebrate the launch of Deathgrip, Brendan Fairclough and Clay Porter release one of the most acclaimed sections from the movie, ‘Best Track Ever’, featuring Brendan Fairclough and Josh Bryceland. Fairclough and Bryceland head to Schladming, Austria, which hosts what is widely accepted as the best UCI Mountain Bike World Cup track in recent history. Globally recognized as two of the most stylish racers out there, Fairclough and Bryceland put the ‘Best Track Ever’ through its paces, putting viewers on the edge of their seats eager to get out there and ride themselves.

Deathgrip- A film by Clay Porter and Brendan Fairclough is available for digital download on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and more.

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Deathgrip - Schladming, Austria, Brendan Fairclough and Josh Bryceland - Photo: Jens Staudt

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Starring: Brendan Fairclough and featuring: Brandon Semenuk, Josh Bryceland, Sam Reynolds, Ryan Howard, Nico Vink, Andrew Neethling, Kyle Jameson and Olly Wilkins

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129 Comments

  • + 214
 Finally! Subtitles for Ratboy!
  • + 15
 Yes! It's like the first time I watched the movie Snatch with the closed captioning on.
  • + 3
 Pretty helpful innit.
  • + 155
 That Josh kid looks fast. I bet he could do well if he tried racing.
  • - 107
flag thedriftisreal (Jul 24, 2017 at 14:40) (Below Threshold)
 I hope this is sarcastic
  • + 58
 @thedriftisreal: I hope you're being sarcastic
  • - 10
flag cuban-b (Jul 24, 2017 at 18:24) (Below Threshold)
 who YOU callin' you people?
  • - 77
flag thedriftisreal (Jul 24, 2017 at 21:04) (Below Threshold)
 @mprosper: HE HAS RACED I THINK THIS GUY IS AN IDOIT FOR NOT KNOWING THAT. you can't overlook a legend.
  • - 62
flag thedriftisreal (Jul 24, 2017 at 21:05) (Below Threshold)
 @mprosper: HE HAS ALSO DONE WELL RACING
  • + 12
 @thedriftisreal: you are lol
  • + 64
 @thedriftisreal: You're either really committed to the joke, or really dumb. I can't tell which.
  • + 1
 @mprosper: i go with option 1
  • - 1
 @RedBurn: Nah man , he s right , Im folowing DH racing on my TeeVee , I have Red Bull T V, and in the sport of DH that guy was good maaaan , yaaah man , he was racing man , like 10 years ago maaan he was guuut maaan
  • + 78
 I used to be able to do that but I got a 29'er.
  • + 30
 I used to be able to do that but I got a 29'er in the knee
  • + 73
 that nac nac at 3:43 is straight up out of this world
  • + 4
 No doubt !!
  • + 11
 FFS! I can't even get my legs that far apart standing on the ground. I'm pretty sure Brendog has a night job as a ninja.
  • + 20
 @BigEvil: Or a stripper.
  • + 2
 Na he's that yoga chick who puts up vids now and then! @BigEvil:
  • + 47
 "It's f*cking mint straight-away innit"
  • + 25
 While the riding is out of this world good, can someone explain to me why this is "the best track ever" and most of the racers complain loudly that other tracks are "too bike-parky"? This just looks like a wide open, bermy, jumpy, bike-parky, flow track to me. What makes this better than the others?

I'm honestly not trolling, I just don't ride enough lift-accessed DH to know where the line is drawn between "awesome" and "too bike-parky"...
  • + 10
 This kinda isn´t the
downhill track. Well it is, but is the bikepark version of it. The race version has a gnarly part through the woods and some unbelievably steep off camber grass turns.
But despite having raced there a few times I honestly think it´s a great track but nothing too special either.
I still don´t really get the Schladming was so great/ the best ever thing nontheless
  • + 35
 Well, they didn't go into the wooded sections (I can only assume because the light sucked for filming?) but while this track has a lot of "man-made" sections to it, it is not strictly "bike park". Bike parks (like Leogang) love to use pulverized stone & small gravel that almost feels like cement. It takes a beating and drains well, but it's simply not dirt and it rides like shit. Schladming may have a lot of man-made sections (berms, jumps, etc.) but it's almost always dirt. It requires more maintenance since it will get beaten up more, but it simply rides way more awesomer.

What you also don't get from this, or any video, is how well laid out the track is. Aside from a road crossing, there aren't any boring sections or flat traverses, etc. The corners are perfect, the technical bits still have great flow to them.
When you ride a bike park that simply has too many turn and flattens out the natural terrain, it's boring as all hell. That's what doesn't happen at Schladming- it's steep, rough, and flat-out from start to finish in a way that rides really, really well.

It's not the most technically challenging course- no one is making that claim. That honor probably goes to Val di Sole. But this track is a blast to ride, from start to finish and it doesn't have any boring sections to it.
  • + 3
 Agreed. I kinda thought to build the best track ever you have to start by throwing the keys to the dirt moving equipment in the lake and grabbing a chainsaw and a pick axe. Kickass riding though.
  • + 4
 Because its both of their opinion on the track... Don't look too hard into this.
  • + 5
 @scott-townes: Well, considering Brendan is of the opinion that a track like Leogang is too bike parky, I was just curious what the difference was in other people's opinions... I'm not really looking that hard into it.
  • + 3
 @ka-brap: Thanks, this is a great explanation. At about 4:00 there's a short wooded section, and that looked way more technical, but they went right back out to the flowy bits. Maybe you're right and it's a lighting thing.

Interesting about the trail surfacing, and I can understand why that must feel terrible to ride on.

Thanks again!
  • + 10
 I think there's a difference between a track being good for racing and a track being good for "riding for fun".
  • + 11
 There´s also a lot of stuff not shown in this vid.
It´s true there are lots of berms but in comparison to Leogang those berms are built in a way they´ll hold you in even at insane speeds just so they can spit you out into the next section where roots and rocks await you.
If i had to explain why it´s great, it is because they mixed perfect berms into a technical track in order to enhance the technicality by increasing the speed with which you enter the technical sections.
It kinda feels like those (few) awesomely built homespots, where there are lots of natural elements linked by meticulously crafted berms in just the right spots.
Tracks like Leogang, they have those wiiiiiiide sweeping berms. They do not compress you into the berm and shoot you out like those in Schladming. And while they can be ridden fast, that feeling of acceleration a smaller, tighter berm gives you imho is what makes them fun. Also, in Leogang after a turn there´s just either another wide seeping turn or a flat section without any roots or rocks.
And finally, Schladming is a rather steep course throughout it´s whole length, so again, those berms and technical bits in conjunction with the steepness create some quite challenging terrain.
Sadly they did not show the rooty and rocky sections in this clip, but they do exist, even if you´re not riding the lower race track part in the woods.
  • + 2
 @ka-brap: "Bike parks (like Leogang) love to use pulverized stone & small gravel that almost feels like cement"
really???? Thats pretty major, I feel even more spoilt now with whistler up the road.
  • + 0
 My thoughts exactly: this looks like the bike-parkiest track of them all in the video. Great riding, but nothing that a guy like me couldn't get down (with 1% of the speed and style). I only have so much patience for the DH track complaining.
  • + 1
 @game: Not all resorts in Europe do this. You see it a lot in Germany too. But in France and Switzerland I can't remember seeing it much.
  • + 3
 @ldhbaker: not everyone could get down it, it's raw and so flat out, the speed you can carry into and out of sections at schladming is really next level. Go watch some of the older earthed videos when they used to race it as a wc track and listen to the riders comments. I've ridden both bikeparks and schladming is a different beast to leogang
  • + 1
 @Loki87: Great explanation!!! Thanx!!!!

And it really can't be stressed enough how much "more grade" can have a big effect on how a track feels.

Wish I was still going next year, but oh well.....
  • + 1
 @WolfStoneD: @WolfStoneD: Brilliant! btw Is that a fresh faced Scotty Laughland from GMBN in the UCI vest at 5:01?
  • + 23
 WC fast with tricks. Unreal. I need to know if Brendog and Ratboy need rear wheel rebuilds after a day like that. No way those wheels are true after all those sideways landings.
  • + 2
 I'd love to know!!!
  • + 19
 @SeanOg: their wheel sponsors dont want you to know.
  • + 1
 @SeanOg: me too, are those 27.5?
  • - 13
flag UserNumberTwo (Jul 24, 2017 at 15:01) (Below Threshold)
 @kolya: Ratboy is running 29 inch wheel, not sure about Brendog.
  • + 4
 @UserNumberTwo: both will be 27.5. Fox didn't make a 29er 40 when this was built and Josh hasn't had the 29er V10 as he's not riding the syndicate this year. Needless to say he'd likely laugh at the idea of riding a 29er
  • + 15
 @chris-barr: It is a 27.5 but he does ride the 29er Hightower as well in several vids and has raced enduros on it. He's also commented in interviews that he likes them. He actually seemed real chill and was like just ride whatever is fun, which is how we should all be. I dunno why there has to be a 'thing' for hating on 29ers to the point that people take a cool rider and assume an opinion that they might have.
  • + 2
 @adrennan:
Yup. And therein lies the problem! Wheels just ain't tough enough
  • + 22
 Definitely the best track ever, so much fun to ride. Such a shame that Leogang is the host for the WC race in Austria now.
  • + 30
 2 seconds out of the starting gate, you hit a 3m gap to step down that feels like you're falling down an elevator shaft. Of course, they make it look like nothing, most everyone watching probably doesn't even realize it Smile From that moment on, it's game on, 100% non-stop awesomeness until you reach the parking lot. So sick Smile
  • + 1
 Well, i guess that Leogang has not stolen the WC from Schladming, it's more like Schladming can no longer support or fund a WC stop. I don't think that UCI wouldn't allow two WC stops in one country.
  • + 14
 Amazing to see WC riders shredding park without the "got to be the fastest down here now" approach, what a great edit
  • + 2
 It's easy to ride that way when you will be the fastest down!
  • + 3
 And yes, amazing vid. I bet it would be super fun to ride with those guys for about 5 seconds til they dust you. Mad talent
  • + 4
 @kubaner: that's not dust, that is the tires evaporating from all the fast.
  • + 2
 cheers to that. epic edit all the way up!
  • + 11
 I had to laugh so hard, when I thought of how I ride that park...its ridiculous
  • + 7
 Fuk yeh. Two lads really making it look easy, albeit at a 100 miles an hour and Brendogs nac at 3.40. WTF!! Put a big smile on my face. Cheers boyz!
  • + 9
 Oh my Josh! Oh my Dog!
  • + 7
 tha… that… that's it…
I'm off to whistler...
  • + 6
 One of the best video segments ever. 100% pure shredding.
  • + 3
 Both on flats.
By the way, I allways thought that "bro" and "dude" were mostly used in the states. Am I that wrong or these guys have been simply living "abroad" for too long?
  • + 5
 The riding did melt my face off, I think these two could make almost any track look like the best track ever.
  • + 2
 These two might not be the fastest on the clock, but surely they are the most stylish and cool to watch. Ratboy is still my favourite rider ever and i wish he was still racing and mixing up with the top lads. Awesome clip!
  • + 4
 Nothing against Claudio , but get these 2 doing the course previews. Awesome riding
  • + 2
 Let's not get too .................,and someone says I KNOW and starts giggling,that was just priceless,a real jewel,and that was done in let's have fun mode ,great great editing,have fun all of you.
  • + 3
 The real art in this that they don't use any music. Just the ride and the noise of the bike/trail. Amazing experience.

Similar as in the Semenuk-Revel videos btw...
  • + 5
 Maybe no song but there was a hell of a lot of subtle and clever sound design in there...
  • + 1
 I laugh every time I watch that scene on "let's not get too excited too early" and then Josh goes like "I KNOOOOOOOW" hahahaha.... it never fails!!! But my mother dropped me on a rock when I was a kid... so maybe it is just me!!! Maybe it is not that funny!
  • + 4
 "oh my God my face hurts!" "from grinning" Yeah - while watching this awesome riding!
  • + 5
 #bringbackschladming
  • + 4
 One of my fave parts of the film. Support the arts - DL now!
  • + 4
 one of the best vids I have ever watched on PB. !!
  • + 3
 What an amazing piece of art! I would love to see a triple with Phil Atwill! Big Grin
  • + 2
 So damn rad!! I loved the differing line choices and nose bonks and steeze!! And subtitles are needed at all time for Ratty!!
  • + 2
 100%. I just hope someday he will able to buy a caravan for his ma.
  • + 2
 "We rail berm at Schladming." What a relaxed Rat might sing after this ridiculous session.
  • + 2
 I was hoping there'd be some quality pedaling on straightaways with these two.
  • + 2
 Lies...brendog told me Barry Knows Best trail at SH is the best track he has ever ridden
  • + 2
 How the other half rides.

The have-skills and the have-nots. (Clearly, the have-skills in this video.)
  • + 3
 What the F**k did I just see? This is 100% legit!
  • + 2
 Seriously, if you haven't rented it or purchased it after seeing this preview you NEED TO NOW!

Esp. in 4k Smile
  • + 2
 Kin' mint", awesome! More pairs of WC riders shreddin' in pairs, would be a great feature? hmm. Nice one boys!!
  • + 2
 These guys need their own show. Also, how is that Brendan hasn't won more races?
  • + 0
 My thought as well. The answer (probably) is Brendogs skills are not the same skills those top 10 have. Bike control he has, but the ability to let your bike get up to (race winning) speed, this would be something else. Watching Gwin at the last WC, like 3 seconds faster (before the flat) than Minnar had done. Amazing!
  • + 2
 He`s too busy having fun stylin it up!
  • + 1
 @dannyfag: And you cant blame him for it
  • + 1
 Full klankerlol Lost count how many times I've watched this? Sick ridding with a top matey.
  • + 1
 Once I finally got passed the first 2 solid minutes of off-putting slo-mo, the rest of this video was ripping!
  • + 1
 YEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSS LADS!!!!!!! i want to ride my bike after watching that!
  • + 1
 "Dont call it a come back"
Could this be an intro Brent for DH or a return for RatBoy, hhhmmm?
  • + 2
 Spent 2 weeks touring round Austria and this was by far my favourite !
  • + 3
 cringe
  • + 2
 Another benchmark for other vids to aspire to..... The nuts!!
  • + 1
 Post the individual parts on Youtube in 4K but when I buy the whole movie it's only 1080p, sound.
  • + 2
 it's 4K on Vimeo on Demand.
  • + 2
 @gramboh: I'm not buying it twice just to watch it on Vimeo at higher quality lol
  • + 2
 The knack @ 3:40 was fire.
  • + 3
 No fun was had.
  • + 2
 Makes me proud to be British !
  • + 1
 I'm really confused by all this celebrate the release of Death Grip stuff. Didn't it come out months ago?
  • + 1
 Thank you for the subtitles.
  • + 1
 how WC misses the RAT !! love this vid..>>>
  • + 1
 Dang, now I wanna make lazer beam shooting sounds with my bike too
  • + 1
 That was some flat out balls to the wall riding right there !
  • + 1
 That track looks awesome fun!
  • + 1
 Cool! Which one is Rat Boy?
  • + 1
 These guys are insane! Awesome clip Big Grin
  • + 1
 It gets better now go ride your bike ????
  • + 1
 Loveeeeeeeeeee this Vid!!!!so f.... nice
  • + 2
 BANGER !
  • + 1
 the way they slide into the corners ooooh, so satisfying.
  • + 1
 Now the madeira part please !!!!
  • + 0
 Where are all the rock gardens and fall lines? If the UCI sees this every track will look like leogang
  • + 1
 What just happened to my face
  • + 1
 speechless,dont know what to say.
  • + 1
 best 6 minutes of video ever.
  • + 1
 Well that was the best video this year riding filming cutting ????
  • + 1
 and old school not dead ,corner with your pedal down
  • + 1
 They made this ride simple... but is not
  • + 1
 :O
  • + 0
 That's just given me a hard on for riding this week! Awesome vid!
  • + 1
 INNIT!!! Yes!!
  • + 1
 OMG!!!
  • + 1
 WOW!!! that's it
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