Video: Summer Once Was

Dec 31, 2013
by Laurence Crossman-Emms  
 
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For Europe, winter is a time to hunker down, peel out the waterproofs and base layers and get down and dirty in the mud trails, but its easy to find your self chin in palm starring at the sideways rain lashing against the window. Cabin fever starting to settle in, your belly filling up with the left over Xmas roast bird and reminiscing about the summer that once was.

Summer Once Was Duane Walker Find the article on Pinkbike - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

The dusty trails and wife beaters feel like a distant past that wont be coming back any time soon. All you can do is sit it out, get wet and hope that next summer is even better!

Duane Walker is finding it tough letting go of summer. Juggling the hectic student life, full time education can really get to your head, so whats better than a mid-semester getaway! Duane found himself the shredding the hills of Les Deux Alpes this summer in search of an alternative to the standard french Portes du Soleil trip. Sometimes it nice to get away from the crowds and find another piece of mountain treasure.

Summer Once Was Duane Walker Find the article on Pinkbike - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Summer Once Was Duane Walker You know what happens when the sun comes out - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Summer Once Was Duane Walker At least Duane wont be hard to spot - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Remember how it was to be out shredding big dusty corners, the feeling of waking up and not needing to put on as many layers as an onion.

Summer Once Was Duane Walker Roosting up dust on the prime trails - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Summer Once Was Duane Walker Find the article on Pinkbike - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Summer Once Was Duane Walker Enduro loops a plenty up in these hills - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Spot the rider in this one Riding big mountain trails in Alpes doesn t get much better - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

With more than you think to offer, Les Deux Alpes has good variation of trails with more and more enduro loops popping up too. Short travel FR bike goes down well here. 180mm to soak up all them bumpers.

Summer Once Was Duane Walker Find the article on Pinkbike - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Summer Once Was Duane Walker Find the article on Pinkbike - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Summer Once Was Duane Walker Trails with one hell of a backdrop - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Summer Once Was Duane Walker Find the article on Pinkbike - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Summer Once Was Duane Walker Apline like feel with big fast bike park lines - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Summer Once Was Duane Walker Find the article on Pinkbike - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com

Summer wont be long away now!

Laurence Crossman-Emms // www.laurence-ce.com
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73 Comments

  • + 84
 I once wore a tank top while riding to look cool...then I fell. I looked far from cool.
  • + 2
 did the same and got a very nice neck-collarbone zipfly.
  • - 60
flag oliwat (Dec 31, 2013 at 13:20) (Below Threshold)
 it's called a vest over here d-bag, and d-bone gets style points for being such a badass. chicks dig scars and what better way to scar up then rock a beater? wise up you old man.
  • + 34
 lol. get all the scars you can, cuz it shows you're good at biking right? sometimes I crash on purpose just so it looks cool later.
  • - 44
flag aiken (Dec 31, 2013 at 14:48) (Below Threshold)
 nothin wrong with beaters, are you muricans too weak to show some skin? that long hair dont cover that red neck boy.
  • + 10
 @oliwat and @aiken you've both either ridden or ride American company's bikes made in Asia or USA. Lol
  • + 43
 I'm so embarrassed to be English right now... :/
  • + 14
 It's okay Clarky. We're not xenophobes like the above idiots, we think you dudes are pretty rad!

Yeah, no go for tanks tops here too. Not a big fan of road rash, and since when do chicks dig that? They dig scars for the badass stories that go with it, not "I didn't wear the right equipment and got f*cked up." Stupid ain't sexy, brah.

And dope riding! Hate how the frame colour never shows online, but by god those bikes are hot.
  • + 3
 Stop hating the guy just cos he's wearing a vest!
  • + 3
 No one is hating on him. I think this is one of the more rad videos on PB. I just would not wear a tank top myself is all. To each their own but damn you kids get offended easily. I did not realize "vests" were such a controversial subject.
  • + 5
 I'll level with you, TJ. Duane is a friend of ours and so we understandably reacted when someone suggested he wore a vest to look cool. I know you didn't mean anything by it.
  • + 5
 Peace and love, peace and love xoxox
  • + 2
 let him wear what he wants to wear and focus on his sick ass riding
  • + 4
 Not sure if you noticed, but doesn't seem anyone is trying to strip him to his birthday suit and put him in a tux. He can wear what he wants, as we're free to post our opinions on why we would not. If you don't want a conversation, why go into a comment section?
  • + 4
 There is a difference between a conversation and people being easily offended by a simple comment. Many of these responses are knee-jerk child like responses to a simple statement...one time I wore a tank top...that same time I ate shit. I don't wear tank tops any more. If the conversation stayed on the subject of what I wrote that would be fine, but instead people wanted to cry. I did not realize some people were so easily offended on here. I should have known better.
@russclark: No worries. Peace and Love
  • + 2
 typical pinkbike forums haha. such an easy place to get offended.
  • + 1
 Funny how people are quicker to comment on his clothes than anything else.
  • + 1
 Funny you should say that, considering how many comments were posted before this one was, aka people weren't even close to being quicker to comment about his clothing. Furthermore, don't go look if you'd had a bad day, cause it's the current VOD, and people are, as you could probably guess, talking about his attire! Figured I'd give you some warning so it doesn't put you off the rest of the evening. Cheers.
  • + 30
 did anyone else think that a lot of that trail was up hill? haha cool cinematography
  • + 8
 Yeah I agree, last shot definitely looked like he was riding up hill!!
  • + 10
 Also, kinda crazy to have a landscape basically void of trees... you take for granted how different it makes the riding look.
  • + 8
 Yes It's pretty ommon in France to have a big part of resort without any trees because of the elevation. Les 2 Alpes must be the bike resort with the least trees and the bigger rocky section on the top. L'alpe d'huez (the Megavalanche spot) which is only on the other side of the valley (40min drive top) is more diversified with glacier on top (Les 2 alpe has a glacier but only for skiing, no ride on it durong the summer except for the mountain of hell race), rocky section, alpine meadows and a big orest on the lowest part of the resort (actually under the village elevation).
But for the both resort,the scenery is very beautiful but the most stunning scenery is at la Meige (35min rive from the 2 Alpes). This place is just gorgeus!
  • + 20
 Over here in Ecuador we got 365 days a year of beautiful weather...summer in the day time, and fall in the evenings. Winter is not in our vocabulary! Please come visit !
  • + 13
 Sure, rub it in while many of us are freezing are arses in a frozen icy hell!
  • + 1
 Thats what fatbikes and an extra layer are for!
  • + 4
 Yeah, it's currently -10C feeling like -19C with windchill factor and wind gusts of 50km/h and the trails are pretty much solid ice and strewn with trees/branches from last weeks ice storm - I don't think I own enough layers! Smile
  • + 2
 H82crash - I'm feeling the same pain from last weeks ice storm.
  • + 7
 Yeh man, I havent heard that song in an mtb vid since mbuk mud cows back in the day.....
  • + 2
 quality old days of mbuk
  • + 1
 Think it was the "Real Sick" video. Wore that one out in the VHS player when I was a youngster. Remember the awesome dirtjump section with the mad caddies soundtrack.
  • + 1
 Mud Cows was an Aussie video from back in the day. Loved it!
  • + 2
 Loved it, and the tune. Think that was on Burning Calves?? Good to see Guitars and Tubs back in MTB not this touchy feely bullshit!!!
  • + 1
 Just before I watched this I thought if the next video is full of slow-mo and the music puts me to sleep I am just gonna take a nap but now I want to go for a ride. Just say no to touchy feely!
  • + 1
 About 30 deg C outside here today. Just been for a ride with 1000 m of climbing to a dam where we swam and then bombed back down the single track. Another rough day in Africa.
  • + 1
 Makes me miss dust, damnit English weather!!

As for the vest, I too wear one, because the ladies love to see my tats and guns Razz
  • + 1
 Awesome video, reminds me of Chile, there's a trail during summer in La Parva (ski resort), but pleeeease stop FF'ing, it's too obvious.
  • + 3
 Awesome vid. Edited really well with the music and no slow mo!!
  • + 2
 great vid, that's one of the best looking trails I've seen, will have to go there one day I think
  • + 3
 Yeah Duane, Nice to see some of the old crowd actually still ride bikes
  • + 2
 who needs summer anyway!when ya can have two to three weeks of solid rain and howling wind, not me.
  • + 1
 Ummm if I lived somewhere like that I would not let winter get me down looks like plenty of skiing to do.
  • + 3
 D-Bone!
  • + 3
 D TO THE BONEEEEEEEE
  • + 2
 sick edit, song lyrics could use a little work Wink
  • + 1
 A.K.A. I-D-I-O-T - Barely Legal - The Hives
  • + 1
 In SoCal summer always is..................
  • + 1
 So cal is dustier than it was in the summer. Where's our rain?!?
  • + 1
 Riding shale in a tank top is a really bad idea
  • + 1
 The step up at 1:35 made my day Smile
  • + 1
 Was that one ride, top to bottom? Amazing photos.
  • + 1
 i think; you can ride from 3200m to 1000m without taking a lift; but with flat pedalling junction and loosing some fun tracks.
  • + 1
 yep, you can ride from the glacier at 3200 right down to the valley floor at just below 1000m, pick the right route and you can maximise the great trails, with only a 5 minute flat transition... The less used red trails down are much more interesting than the very bike park blues!
  • + 1
 beautiful scenery in this vid! 1:45 is spectacular!
  • + 1
 haha oh yeh summer is still a long way away for most of you!
  • + 1
 Is it only just me who can't wait for summer?
  • + 37
 Yes. Everyone else hates nice weather.
  • + 1
 Yeah, even though you may think you're on a biking website, everyone here secretly hates summer. You found us out, dude.
  • + 2
 Yeah Duane. Sick man
  • + 1
 ak I-D-I-O-T! Very nice video!
  • + 1
 Wow! amazing Video and photos!
  • + 1
 No slow mo goggle shot??? must have woken up with them on...
  • + 1
 L2A All the way! See you next year at crankworx!
  • + 1
 dude goes up hill fast!
  • + 1
 SSIIIIIIICK!!!
  • + 1
 Yep, I needed that.
  • + 1
 Awesome work guys!
  • + 1
 Meta sx is my next bike
  • + 1
 Those socks though Big Grin
  • + 0
 what company makes his bike?!?
  • + 1
 commencal
  • + 1
 飞沙走石
  • - 1
 "hey what tricks should i do?" "tables" "ya tables are cool"
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