Video: 4 Minutes of Heavy-Hitting Riding with Thomas Genon

Jan 30, 2020
by Five Ten  

adidas 5.10 Presents 'ECLECTIC’ Starring Thomas Genon, in Partnership with Canyon Bikes


bigquotesI wanted the opportunity to film away from competition and showcase the riding that I love, the type of riding I do every day; this is what gets me excited for mountain biking.Thomas Genon


‘Eclectic’ is the latest project from Thomas Genon, filmed on two continents and showcasing his unique style and progressive riding across DH, trail riding and Dirt Jump.

adidas 5.10 Presents ECLECTIC
Thomas Genon joined Christian Rigal at his home trails in San Diego

Thomas Genon has always been inspired by other sports, having ridden BMX from a young age he was not only inspired by classic MTB videos. His riding has been well documented, from his 2012 Red Bull Joyride win to top 5 finishes at Red Bull Rampage. With ‘Eclectic,’ however, Thomas wanted to step back from competition and produce a film that really represented his approach to everyday riding, taking inspiration from other sports.

Thomas met professional BMXer and Videographer Christian Rigal in 2018 during Whistler Crankworx and the two were quick to begin discussions for a future video project. Rigal, known primarily for his street riding and video segments, turned his to film making in recent years alongside his new-found passion for MTB.

adidas 5.10 Presents ECLECTIC
Eclectic was a chance for Genon to push his riding on all his bikes

bigquotesFilming and riding have always gone hand in hand for me, so I try to look at everything I shoot as both a rider and a filmer. Although this isn't BMX and I’m still quite new to filming and riding MTB's, this project with Thomas was the perfect opportunity to mix our talents together to see what we could come up with. We're stoked on the end result and hopefully it gets people motivated to go out and ride their bike!Christian Rigal

Thomas was keen to explore Christian’s home town riding in San Diego and with no creative guidelines or deadlines in place the pair were able to build this project together naturally and feed off each other every step of the way.

adidas 5.10 Present Eclectic
Thomas Genon's signature style taken to the trail bike


bigquotesI have been a fan of Christian’s riding and would watch his online video segments as both a rider and a filmer. His progression into MTB was natural and I felt like he could really look at this project with fresh eyes. I respected him both on the bike and behind the lens, that is a rare combination.Thomas Genon


With the initial plan to film for two weeks and complete the project in California, the two were hit with persistent rain, meaning more time digging than riding and only half the footage they had hoped for. After returning home Thomas’s bad luck continued and he was left unable to ride from a shoulder injury. The pair knew they had enough for a strong online clip but felt there were boxes left to tick.


adidas 5.10 Present Eclectic
Despite the rain Thomas and Christian were stoked with clips they got in California


bigquotesWe were unlucky with the weather in California. We were sitting on some great clips and I knew we just needed another trip to finish it up. adidas and Canyon really let us do what we wanted with this project. It gave us the time to really plan this second trip after a long time off my bike from injury.Thomas Genon

adidas 5.10 Presents ECLECTIC
After a prolonged shoulder injury, Thomas was happy to be back at it


After a productive week of dodging the rain and stacking clips in the south of France, the project was finally taking shape!


bigquotesThomas killed it all week on all his bikes and after going through the footage together and picking a song we both like, we knew it was finally time to start editing!Christian Rigal

adidas 5.10 Presents ECLECTIC
adidas 5.10 Presents ECLECTIC

adidas 5.10 Presents ECLECTIC
adidas 5.10 Presents ECLECTIC

‘ECLECTIC’ is four minutes of heavy-hitting riding, showcasing Thomas Genon as the rider he truly is. No gimmicks, no storyline, - this is riding in its purest form and for all the right reasons.

adidas 5.10 Present Eclectic
‘Eclectic’ presented by adidas 5.10 is the latest project from Thomas Genon, in partnership with Canyon Bikes and directed by Christian Rigal.



38 Comments

  • 23 0
 27 seconds, probably the coolest move ever. Whole thing looks so natural. Looks like he's just bombing along, then he nails it, then he keeps bombing along. There was obviously a lot more to it, but it looks so natural, like a, "Calvin and Hobbes" wagon ride in real life.
  • 12 1
 semenuk is definitly not alone in his world!!!!!
  • 3 0
 Loving the Calvin & Hobbes reference. Those trails are quite unsual in their shapes and yet it flows.

Gotta say that 360 nose dive one foot (3min37) is dope.
  • 1 0
 nice
  • 2 0
 @Rideuse67: opposite too ..
  • 1 0
 @Eniigma: oh damn... you're right.
So: 360 oppo nose dive one foot. Pinned as hell. Smooth as butter.

Tommy G is a wizard of techy stuff. So techy its looks easy to us.
  • 11 0
 Tommy G makes it impossible to tell which are his regular and oppo 3's... so much style both ways
  • 10 0
 Nice! Always my favourite to watch in slopestyle
  • 3 0
 Never been a big fan of Thomas g but I am after this. Best video ive seen in years. Not overly edited/artsy, just sick riding in sick spots. Reminds me of a classic Wayne Goss or Cam zink nwd segement.
  • 5 0
 Awesome inspiring riding!
  • 4 0
 He deserves a blue Chimay for this.
  • 1 0
 Wow, I love edits like this. Even though I know I'll never be this good, it makes me wish I could escape the winter and go ride!
  • 3 0
 RAD, Tommy G has allways been one of my fave riders
  • 1 0
 Good God that was amazing. Have been to Rampage twice and gotten to witness Tommy G's greatness. To my eye, his flat-spin 360's are the most beautiful move on a bike
  • 1 0
 Ahhhgg, what difference will watching this makes? I will never ride like this when I wake up.
  • 2 0
 Such clean riding and great style. That 360 1-ft euro MMM!!!
  • 1 0
 much love thomas! you are one of my favorite most stylish riders for sure, excellent!
  • 1 0
 looks like New World Disorder to me, and i love it! music is also propper one!
  • 2 0
 That was pretty solid
  • 1 0
 His 360's will never get old !
  • 1 0
 Good to see Tommy's on fire again
  • 1 0
 so that dude can ride bikes
  • 2 0
 that was unreal
  • 1 2
 I am surprised that Thomas does not have exclusive contract with suspension manufacturer. In the video, his bikes either have red Rockshox and orange Fox forks.
  • 4 0
 The red one is actually a Marzocchi, he switched from Fox to Marzocchi at some point last year!
  • 1 0
 Holy shit that was awesome
  • 1 0
 That was a very very good edit
  • 1 0
 What a G ! Seriously, this man has a ton of style, great video !
  • 1 0
 the end is just perfect!!
  • 1 0
 So damn stylish. Loved that flair on the hip!
  • 1 0
 French Mike Aitken on Mountainbike, Beau
  • 1 0
 Would love to see him at Darkfest or other Fest events
  • 2 1
 This!
  • 1 0
 Ohja!
  • 1 0
 nice one!
  • 1 0
 What ridn!
  • 1 0
 Bangeraide
  • 1 0
 All killer and no filler

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