Itinerology Film - Part One

Dec 19, 2017
by Sam Needham  

Part one of three in the Itinerology film series. The Workspace offers an introductory glimpse into the life of Ash Smith, the founder of the Trans Provence and how 2018 will be shaping up for him as he spends the year finding, opening and crafting new trails and itineraries in the French Alps.

Itinerology Film Part 1 The Workspace Photo Sam Needham
Ash Smith, seeking out the gold in the French Alps

Itinerology Film Part 1 The Workspace Photo Sam Needham

Itinerology Film Part 1 The Workspace Photo Sam Needham
Countless hours are spent pouring over maps. Paper maps have their role, but digital maps have their advantages for Ash as he searches between the contours for what might just be that next 'best trail ever'

Itinerology Film Part 1 The Workspace Photo Sam Needham

Itinerology Film Part 1 The Workspace Photo Sam Needham
The workspace and a blank canvas for Ash Smith

Thanks to Mavic, Bike Magazine, Santa Cruz, SRAM, Deuter and Magic Rock for their supporting roles. And thanks to Ash Smith for having the story to tell.

Filmed and edited: Sam Needham
Featuring: Ash Smith
Narration: Ash Smith


MENTIONS: @SamNeedham / @SramMedia



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15 Comments

  • + 10
 Keep it up , something about following a new to me trail through the mountains makes me feel like an old soul , thinking , how did it get here ? Who was and when was the last time a human was here ? Like my purpose in life at that moment is to find the end . They usually meet another one , story of my life
  • + 4
 I'm sure a lot of people will be inspired to go out and ride their bikes on trails they haven't discovered yet, after watching this! Great work. We are all looking forward to Pt.2 & 3.
  • + 3
 I sure hope so @Richkphotography . Thanks for the kind words. Smile
  • + 1
 Europe is an amazing place to explore. Feet tramping paths into the hills for over 10,000 years. Yes, mountain bikes can cause environmental wear and tear in remote places. Kinda like villages-horses-cities-cars-resorts have done over the years. My hunch is the mountains will still be there in five hundred years when we are all surfing hover-bikes over the same terrain. Wait until the pavements crumble and we can use the "old roads" as downhill race courses!
  • + 4
 Very very cool! Amazing to see the amount of work behind this, mind blown.
  • + 1
 @Nathan6209 Thanks for the kind words. Ash certainly goes that extra mile when it comes to finding these trails and piecing together the jigsaw puzzle to make an incredible point to point route.
  • + 2
 Very inspiring and awesome video and portrait.
  • + 1
 Thanks @EHK !
  • + 1
 Awesome views..and awesome opportunity to have that land to explore.. All the best in those future exporations!!
  • + 2
 @Relayden stay tuned for part 2 in the new year. Wink
  • + 1
 Very interesting video, bit different to usual on here! Look forward to the next one
  • + 1
 @FatboyLovesHills Thanks! Glad you enjoyed. Keep your eyes peeled for part 2.
  • + 1
 Really enjoyed that. Must be so much fun scouting all those new trails.
  • + 1
 Thanks @ComradeD . Glad you enjoyed it.
  • + 1
 That was an awesome video. Keep em coming and good luck out there Ash.

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