Forrest Riesco, Solitude - Video

Feb 3, 2017
by North Shore Billet  
Views: 32,774    Faves: 744    Comments: 45

After spending the better part of the year hopping on planes, dealing with busy airports, train stations, roadways, chasing down accommodation, checking in and out all over the world, the off-season can be a very welcomed period for a racer. For many World Cup athletes, Fall in the Northern Hemisphere becomes something they look forward to—a reprieve. It grants them the opportunity to slow life down a little; time to look back on the season, reassess goals, analyze performance, and just ride their bike for the simplicity that it began with—fun. This time of year also gives them time to do so with few people around.

Forrest Riesco - Solitude Ardor Brand AJ Barlas Photo

To many, riding has everything to do with being social, outdoors surrounded by a group of friends and enjoying a common interest. For those that spend their lives riding, chasing peers, pushing against the clock, racing, all while living out of a bike bag, those very moments need to balance out. Personal time becomes harder to find and the importance of peace and quiet, time to reset and getting back to the personal joy of being on the bike for nothing other than being in that moment, can easily be forgotten.

Forrest Riesco - Solitude Ardor Brand AJ Barlas Photo

Forrest Riesco is from British Columbia's Sunshine Coast; Gibsons to be exact. The quiet, coastal town and relaxed community have rubbed off on him in more ways than one could imagine. He doesn't shout about his riding abilities, won't even talk about it unless provoked, doesn't boast—he's humble almost to his own detriment, but his riding speaks for him. It shows strength and confidence that many could only dream of, on or off the bike.

Forrest Riesco - Solitude Ardor Brand AJ Barlas Photo

Forrest has been quietly chasing the downhill dream since his teen years and has been hitting the World Cup circuit as a privateer for three years now. So much of his time is taken up planning and training for the next season, but luckily for him, a big portion of that means being out on the bike. To help keep the dream alive he does work during the off-season, but still finds himself forced to ride alone, with close friends holding down 9–5 routines. If peace and quiet weren't something he sought, it's certainly forced upon him, in a gentle push from fate.

Forrest Riesco - Solitude Ardor Brand AJ Barlas Photo

His time at home brings him back to the pace he grew up knowing, while the trails on the Coast and a short ferry ride away give him plenty of opportunities to continue to hone in his riding and keep that pace up. Riding alone during the fall is his chance to do what he wants when he wants, and how he chooses. These moments of solitude are as vital to his riding and training as hitting the gym and squeezing out seconds against the clock.

Forrest Riesco - Solitude Ardor Brand AJ Barlas Photo

Many of us could learn plenty from Forrest; whether it be the humble, egoless attitude, the work ethic, or the importance of taking a moment, or two, for yourself once in a while. Detach a little and allow the opportunity to remember why riding a bike is so enjoyable. It's the simple things in life.

Forrest Riesco - Solitude Ardor Brand AJ Barlas Photo

Forrest Riesco - Solitude Ardor Brand AJ Barlas Photo


MENTIONS: @nsbillet / @mike-gamble / @Friesco / @AJBarlas


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133 Comments

  • 84 1
 Guessed the password was solititude in 2 attempts, very proud of myself. Also from a filmmakers perspective, that was very nice to watch indeed, really nice soundtrack, sound design and grading, can I ask who produced it?
  • 24 0
 @TimmoWhistler: hats off mike, that was sick
  • 14 0
 @SamJT: cheers guys!!!
  • 21 1
 @mike-gamble: That was brilliant!! By far the best video I've seen of 2017. I felt the solitude...it was just spot on.
  • 23 0
 Its nice to see a video where the rider isnt told to pin it and the edit has a metal track. Just a ride through the woods
  • 4 0
 that music was makin me think of a stevie smith edit. miss that rider.
  • 2 0
 Great vid Mike!! Loved the song choice too!! Make sure to punch Pete at North Shore Billet in the arm for me!! Not too hard so that he can't work or play tho!!
  • 1 0
 @mike-gamble: props and cudos, hugs and goold luck wishes for the future Mike,

that was amazing filmotography, i had to share it
wow. i am stuned. really braking the standard ver creative as well, i could see the little story line beind it, very nice and motivating
  • 1 0
 We'll done. Enjoyed that.
  • 1 0
 That fool with the camera ruined it :-)
  • 49 0
 Outstanding edit, anyone who has ever ridden a bike to get away can appreciate this one.
  • 6 0
 This edit even made me contemplate life as I was watching it...
  • 43 0
 Continually amazed by the quality of free content we enjoy. Wish you success this race season, Forrest
  • 3 0
 Good one. Forest.
  • 28 0
 That's the best piece of filmmaking I've seen on here that wasn't by Rupert Walker in a long long time.
  • 12 0
 @POWsLAYER that's a huge compliment! Thanks.
  • 2 0
 @mike-gamble: I loved this edit. I was debating going for a chilly wet ride early morning tomorrow, I am for sure getting out of bed early AM now. Loved it!!!
  • 20 0
 Damn, that was beautiful. From the solo shred to the wet and gloomy conditions, it was all so relatable and very well done. Nice work.
  • 19 2
 These types of videos are some of my favorites on PB because they represent what a lot of us do on our bikes. Not all of us are ripping DH runs all the time. (not that anything's wrong with that, just not the kind of riding I do)
  • 7 0
 that trail is a narly downhill trail . may not look it in the video , but it is.
  • 1 0
 @DHsender4life: Too Right! Cop Killer in the rain isn`t to be taken lightly. Great vid.
  • 2 0
 @partswhore: That trail needs a new name.
  • 19 0
 A very pleasant way to spend 3:30. Very appropriate music for the shots. Well done!
  • 17 0
 This a breath of fresh air! You guys all killed it!
  • 2 0
 Cheers Mitch!!!
  • 11 0
 This might be a early call but I believe that this the Video of the month already. Props to Mike and everyone else who help create this masterpiece
  • 7 0
 Very relatable to what riding is to me. As a dad, husband and railroader, life can seem hectic and a bit overwhelming at times. Its those peaceful, fun and quiet moments in the forrest by myself that keeps me grounded. Great video, and really fun looking trails!
  • 11 0
 The Revenant of mountain biking
  • 1 0
 haha totally
  • 10 0
 This makes me want to ride my bike so badly.
  • 6 0
 @mike-gamble @AJBarlas Killer work both of you... AJ I'm really digging those angles and the textures of those shots, and Mike that was magical stuff. I felt like the film was putting me to sleep--but I mean that in the best of ways; it was so atmospheric and pleasant that I felt like I was in a wonderful dream. Cheers to you both.
  • 1 0
 Cheers @satchscratch Much appreciated mate!
  • 1 0
 Thanks a lot @satchscratch !
  • 7 0
 Upper Mackenzie Cruise / Cop Killer shown in fine form. Kudos to Dan Raymond, all the diggers and the PVTA/PORCA.
  • 6 0
 Just watched 3 times in a row. This is cinematic art. Obviously tapping into something here... Beautiful
  • 1 0
 4 for me, then made my wife watch
  • 7 0
 Video of the Day of the Month
  • 6 0
 Just me, my bike and a nice track. What else needed : )
  • 4 0
 1st video I've seen in quite some time that works on a 21:9 monitor; looked gorgeous. Everything about this video is near perfect, audio, track, riding, filming. Kudos.
  • 3 0
 What a beautiful video... I felt the cold while watching. The only thing it needed was a few really wide or long shots to make Forrest seem really small in an immense environment.
  • 1 0
 @twelve02 it was so wet during filming that I rarely changed lenses due to rain getting inside the camera. When I did use it, it got soaked, so...yeah. I did want to give that impression though...next time.
  • 2 0
 @mike-gamble: Mike, what you guys did was truly inspiring... I can comment all day long about shots, lenses or whatever, but you guys are the ones doing it and doing it amazingly well. Thank you for taking the time to shoot, edit and score this amazing piece. I've watched 10 times already. I say easily video of the month.
  • 2 0
 Another thankless edit to the builders and associations that maintain and build these trails for your wonderful edits! Nice work PVTA and PORCA on keeping these old gems in mint condition. Hope the filmers and rider bought a membership to support the local trails that they get to film on for free!
  • 2 0
 @ebwitwicki, I agree and apologies for any oversight to this. I have memberships for PORCA & WORCA through 2016 & will be renewing them all again this year...along with multiple days of digging to cleanse my soul. All credit goes to the builders of the trails we showcase, their trails are beautiful enough.
  • 1 0
 the video was a breath of fresh air........very well done. Forrest is a great guy who I remember from years ago travelling to races with his folks, they are real down to earth people to. Well done Forrest and hope to see you at some World Cups this year!
  • 4 0
 do not normally comment. but this is a great edit!!
  • 6 1
 Very nice. Music?
  • 1 0
 Indie Kid by Henilios
  • 4 0
 This video feels like i just watched The Revenant.
  • 3 0
 Just calmly shredding a gnarly ass trail in the rain. I'm gonna go home and stare at my bike now.
  • 4 0
 Loved his effortless riding style. Great atmosphere in the the video too
  • 2 0
 I love creative filming But the Slow-Mo shots of rear wheels flexing and jiggling while sliding sideways over rocks makes me cringe.
  • 4 0
 Now that 3 mins is what the bike life is about !!
  • 3 0
 Not many edits require a second helping. I couldn't help myself on this one. So good...
  • 2 0
 Wow what a great video....song choice was amazing! Great riding too, lotsa flow. It just snowed here and now I wanna get out on my bike!!!
  • 2 0
 Best edit I have seen on here in forever. Reminds me a lot of the scenes from Life Cycles, which is IMO the best MTB film ever made.
  • 2 0
 I love ski season, but it just never quite matches you and your bike against the trail.
  • 2 0
 Perfetcly captured winter mood. Kudos. Good to watch while raining cats and dogs outside and wind blows as hell.
  • 2 0
 That was an great video. I watched it right to the end. Thank you for sharing.
  • 3 0
 I got the feels from watching this. Seriously incredible work, thank you!
  • 1 0
 I often find slow mo shots a bit aggravating but I thought they really worked well with the music and the overall feel of this edit, great work.
  • 1 0
 That was a great edit, very artistic and the video kept your attention. That's not easy to do in the internet age where everything appears generic. Great JOB Mike Gamble!
  • 2 0
 Definitely one of the best videos I've seen in a long time, it created such a great atmosphere!
  • 3 0
 That was so so good. One of the best edits I have seen for a long time
  • 1 0
 one of the best trails ever . why does nobody ever state the trail name in videos? so lame keeping it secret . trail is called cop killer , in pemberton. go ride it people!
  • 3 0
 It's part of the game. We don't tell you the names of regular trails...but secret trails that no one knows, we'll tell you those forever.
  • 2 0
 @mike-gamble:i see. i built a trail in rutherford valley called diesel wolf. its near shasta is you know that trail. steep rock moss lines the entire way . feel free to film on it come spring . its a trail like no other.
  • 2 0
 @DHsender4life: I've seen it, but not ridden it yet. Balls to the wall gnar!!! Major props to you!!
  • 2 0
 @DHsender4life: Diesel Wolf was amazing, hit it back in September. Thank you!!
  • 2 0
 @philshep: so good to hear that man ! glad you found it . i'm gonna add a 15 footer drop on it this spring !
  • 3 0
 @mike-gamble: Thanks dude ! I really enjoyed your video and the music selection was spot on.
  • 1 0
 @DHsender4life: and I will happily ride around it. LOL!
  • 1 0
 i dug the interplay of the music and bike/trail and thought there were some great cinematography . loved the primitive trail too
  • 1 0
 awesome scenery ! i miss these kind of trails in germany..everthing's destructed and cut out. so hard to find untouched nature these days..
  • 1 0
 sweet video. the music was great, the edit bang on and the whole feel of the video was fantastic. and no slow mo in sight. great job.
  • 3 1
 "This video is password protected"?
  • 6 1
 It's good to go, sorry about that!
  • 1 0
 Great video! Sometimes its nice having the place to yourself(+dog). Reminds me of a morning ride on my last vacation.
  • 1 0
 beautiful and well cut, by why, oh god why are we letter boxing videos like this?
  • 1 1
 If it was filmed in 21:9, then you're actually seeing more, and it's just because your monitor isn't wide enough. If it wasn't, then I agree with you, but this does appear to shot with an anamorphic lens.
  • 2 0
 really nicely put together video!
  • 3 0
 That was beautiful.
  • 2 0
 here's to a great season Forrest!
  • 2 0
 An awesome, very beautiful and inspiring video! Great work!
  • 1 0
 Soo smooth through everything and filming to match. Every clip was perfection
  • 2 0
 That was so good. Amazing vibe
  • 2 0
 Sweet video need more its like crack
  • 1 0
 Purely the one truth why we ride! Film making at it's finest! Enjoyed the ride with you - Great Job!
  • 2 0
 Instant favourite, one of the best web edits I've seen hands down
  • 2 0
 Best video in a long time.
  • 1 0
 Gorgeous video, particularly loved the widescreen format, hopefully you'll start something here!
  • 1 0
 Its missing something @mike-gamble. Like Official selection Banff Film Fest 2017 on it somewhere?
  • 1 0
 I like the mood that comes off this video. Very nice
  • 1 0
 I ride for those fleeting, misty moments.
  • 1 0
 Let's get emotional about bikes for a second...
  • 2 0
 Aren't we always? Wink
  • 1 0
 Very nice video. I sure miss the Pacific Northwest...
  • 1 0
 awesome but not very intense...
  • 2 0
 That was incredible.
  • 1 0
 Kudos to all involved. Man I love Pemby.
  • 2 0
 Outstanding.
  • 2 0
 Beautiful. Thank you.
  • 1 0
 Special times on a bike captured with that video. Thank you and well done.
  • 2 0
 excellent @mike-gamble
  • 1 0
 What a gentile ride ????????
  • 1 0
 Outstanding video, keep em coming!
  • 2 0
 Video of the year!!!
  • 2 0
 Witwicki!
  • 1 0
 Very bleak up there, great vid
  • 1 0
 only flaw is that the photos look way better, much more crisp Sick edit
  • 1 0
 part of the twilight saga. nice
  • 1 0
 That was stunning, truly amazing vid!
  • 1 0
 Fortress of Solitude
  • 1 0
 Awesome Vid!
  • 1 0
 So well done!
  • 1 0
 What's the track? (Song)
  • 1 0
 Mm, Tracer 275C Palmer
  • 1 0
 Like! Awesome vid
  • 1 1
 Does anyone know what song that was? Or even what composer?
  • 1 0
 Indie Kid by Henilios
  • 1 0
 True mountain biking!
  • 1 0
 Winter feels!
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