Drifter Cars & Fresh Trails: Summer of Summit, Nagano: Vol. 3 - Video

Oct 11, 2017



Nagano Japan 2016

Nagano Japan 2016

Nagano Japan 2016

Nagano Japan 2016

Nagano Japan 2016

Nagano Japan 2016

Nagano Japan 2016

Nagano Japan 2016

Nagano Japan 2016

Nagano Japan 2016
Nagano Japan 2016


Nagano Japan 2016

Nagano Japan 2016

Nagano Japan 2016

Nagano Japan 2016

Nagano Japan 2016

Nagano Japan 2016

Nagano Japan 2016

Nagano Japan 2016
Nagano Japan 2016

Nagano Japan 2016

Nagano Japan 2016



Video:
Mitch Gulliver // One Antler Productions

Photography:
Jinya Nishiwaki
Mitch Gulliver

Made Possible by:
Nagano-Niigata Snow Resort Alliance
Classic Resorts Japan
Evergreen Outdoor Center



Special Thanks: @Evergreen Outdoor Center / @Classic Resorts Japan / @RockyMountainBicycles / @raceface




27 Comments

  • + 14
 some one invites you to there local trail and then skids up the turns.if they did this on our local trails they would get a collective slap
  • - 3
 Its just dirt dude. Fun is more important .
  • + 19
 @delo1974: Then honestly, don't ever come here with an attitude like that. That is not the way the world works here.

For more information see my comment mid way down the page here:

www.pinkbike.com/news/summer-of-summit-vol1-is-nagano-japan-the-next-best-mtb-destination-2017.html
  • - 6
flag trickland (Oct 11, 2017 at 6:09) (Below Threshold)
 We ride bikes for the youthful spirit it brings out in us. My favourite things on a bike haven't changed in the last 35 years. Jumps, wheelies, and skids! People who are opposed should take up golf...and please replace your divits!
I am a full time trail builder, and I still say, have the utmost fun on your bike at all times!
@delo1974:
  • + 35
 @trickland: Sure, that is fine in may parts of the world, bur very rarely here, and it would be respectful to one's hosts to defer to the way things are when a guest.

Just in case you couldn't be bothered to follow the link I posted, let me enlighten you about how things work over here.

1) There is a very real danger of serious damage being done to the delicate balance struck between landowners and MTB advocacy groups here in Japan if someone turns up and brings a "Let's shred that gnar dude" attitude to the heart of the Japanese countryside.

2) If you wish to ride in Japan, you need a bucketful of patience, a swimming-pool-ful of willingness to get off your bike and push it on any shared use trail should you meet absolutely anyone, and a truck-ful of deference to the locals, who trust me, won't say anything to you about your behaviour to your face, but who will eventually have their voices heard by those that matter, and then there will be fewer places to go riding here.

So, sure, if you want to believe everyone, everywhere should do as you do, because you are expressing your own personal truth, fine.

But it won't make you right. In fact, come here with the attitudes you have expressed, and all it will make you in some places here is a problem. Be more respectful of your hosts people if you come here.

So, if you ever do get the chance to come to Japan to ride, please do. And bring with you a bucketful of humility. Cheers.
  • + 6
 @orientdave: so are there redeeming qualities to riding there? Because based on the video, the trails aren't anything special...and if I need to walk my bike whenever I happen upon a hiker...

No offense, but the way you're describing riding in Japan is a major turn off.

I'd still enjoy a cat trip during the winter...
  • + 5
 Skid police!
  • + 8
 @orientdave thanks for the input from locals. MTB video/media culture seems to glorify skidding and ignore builder & local wishes. That has never sat well with me and evidently with others.
  • + 0
 Yeah dude @trickland:
  • + 3
 @nvranka: Honestly, that very much depends on the mindset you bring.

Let's not mess about. The bike industry is about selling us the idea that bikes; cool, rad bikes are what we, the riders, the 'dudes' who 'shred gnar', want, to make us feel we can control and master 'the trail' through the pursuit of 'flow'.

Sure. Rampage rules dude. Really? Is that how the majority of the world thinks?

Ask yourself why Production Privee decided that The Stig would be a good choice for a marketing ambassador and it will give you an insight into how the industry in general wants bikers to view themselves.

And whilst the huge expanses of the seemingly untamed raw canvas of the wilderness in Northern Continental America allow many to buy into that idea, no, that isn't what it is like here.

Not. At. All.

And if one were to go bring that attitude here, you may be, through no fault of one's own save for lack of experience, blind to how it does not fit in easily with the entirely different world view that exists here; a world view bourne out of 126 million people living on an island slightly smaller in size than California with only 30% inhabitable land where one's relationship to each other and how everyone affects one another is THE overiding factor in determining courses of action.

So, after close to a quarter of a century living here, no, I am not painting a great picture of Japam for dudes who shred and f*ck the consequences.

That is not to say you cannot ride fantastic trails here; you can, there are amazing places to ride here, but it is not a blank canvas onto which 'dudes' can 'shred the gnar' in whatever way one's personal-freedom-trumps-all arse would like to believe the world owes them, without creating ripples and effects; what one does, and how it affects the people around you is an unwritten rule that everyone (please imagine that word said by Gary Oldman playing Stensland in the movie Leon) tends to live by here.

It took me a looooong time to work that out here, and I wouldn't want others to have to take as long as me to work it out; coming here with an open mind as to how to act, and to defer to those who are being kind enough to allow us access to places that are not open to all without restriction, and a great time can be had.

It might not be 'rad' enough for some 'dudes' though.

I hear Whistler does a good line in 'radness' for those that way inclined.
  • + 2
 @orientdave For President.
  • + 2
 @orientdave: You are bringing it! Sadly it'll fall largely on deaf ears
  • + 3
 @orientdave: thanks for tip. Japan will not be a cycling destination, I've been to Japan in the past and absolutely love your culture. And I am a respectful person .
We don't share the same cycling environment.
  • + 2
 @trickland: Cheers! You are so right; the cycling environment is just completely different.

I came to BC three years ago, and the drive from Whistler to Silverstar through Lillooet just blew my mind; the expanse, the extent of the "neverendingness". Lightfoot Gas Station will stay with me until I die!

I totally began to see how a Northern Continental American mindset could be heavily influenced by the environment there. and it begins to explain some people's views of MTBs, MTB lifestyle, us as people and nature.

Enjoy the upcoming weekend everyone.
  • + 1
 @orientdave: Thx for the heads up . Good luck in your endeavours .
  • + 1
 @delo1974: Likewise delo, have a good weekend,
  • + 1
 @orientdave: what do you do for work out there? Just curious
  • + 2
 @nvranka: I was a Uni teacher back in the day in the UK, and continued that over here. Now I run a business with my wife... all things and anything education based. Teaching, educational consulting, education travel, translating, proofing and editing....

The best thing is having to work at it all in my non native language; keeps you on your toes and stops you taking anything for granted. I owe this place a lot.
  • + 2
 @orientdave: that's rad - I've been recently considering taking on mandarin as a second language as I have a lot of Chinese clients. Funnily enough, Japanese was a major interest of mine at a young age
  • + 1
 @orientdave: @orientdave: Thanks for the useful info. I had been toying with the idea of a MTB trip in Japan.

It seems Japan is out, sounds way to much like riding in urban Cali.
  • + 4
 Looks okay. But not as good as NZ. I seem to remember the first vid in this series getting pilloried. Wonder what's going to happen below the line this time...
  • + 2
 I clicked on this so fast. Hearing the sounds of a 1jz and mtb tires rolling across the dirt in the same video is a recipe for greatness.
  • + 1
 Thanks for posting this video guys, it is always nice to see riding in different countries.
  • + 2
 Drift cars, MTB riding and Jrock!? This has it all nice!
  • + 1
 Jrock, from trailer park boys??
  • + 0
 nothing beats the look of smiling, chubby japanese children.
  • + 11
 Keep an eye on this guy.

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