Video: A Self-Shot Riding Adventure in 'Why I Ride'

Nov 7, 2021
by Louis Citadelle  


Why I Ride is a project that came up to my mind last year once the summer season was over. I wanted to create something that had no restrictions, no rule book to abide by, essentially give myself all the time and freedom I needed to come up with something I’d be happy with. The idea of making a video showcasing all the aspects of riding I enjoyed the most came up to mind, and I tried to pay tribute to them as much as possible alongside all the incredible locations I’m fortunate enough to have right at my doorstep.


One thing I really wanted to do was build my own trail specifically for the project, so I spent a fair amount of time last winter carving shapes in the woods. In the final video only a glimpse of it is shown though, as I decided to keep the best features for an even bigger project I want to tackle next.


I didn’t have a full on storyboard written down, but I made a list of sequences I wanted to have in the film and then worked my way down to shot-lists for each sequence which allowed me to start figuring out how I could combine everything together with smart transitions, moods, etc…



There’s something very special I find in being out there all by myself trying to document the things I get up to on a normal day/ride. Obviously being self-shot means the whole process is quite a bit more time consuming and exhausting than an average day out to say the least, making the lows really low and the highs really high, but taking the time to do things right and every now and then look around and appreciate the environment I’m fortunate enough to be in was particularly humbling.



The rig. 3 European summers, 1 NZ summer, 5 self-shot edits, too many blown out Pleney mainline runs, and an unrivalled capacity to give its owner a big smile no matter what. All good things come to an end though, time to retire and give it a well deserved rest, applications for new candidates are open.



In the end Why I Ride took almost a full year to complete, from scoping locations for the trail build in November 2020 to filming the final sequences and editing just a few weeks ago. Looking back I feel very grateful to be in a position where I get to do what I love most in such an environment, and hopefully my way of giving back is by making a few people want to get out there and explore after they watch this video…

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59 Comments

  • 44 2
 no sucker youtube povs can hold a candle to this. incredible
  • 37 0
 Dude this is an incredible result. The riding, the locations, the music, so many great editing ideas that work. It's incredibly accomplished
  • 6 0
 and the concept: he goes into a chapel and finds his own religion, which is riding. the riding takes place, while he's in the chapel
  • 14 0
 This is way better than soooooo many of the big budget edits I see. I hope you get some real support at some point.
  • 8 0
 Wow. Quite an undertaking! Youre talented, I'll give you that! Self shooting something like this is seriously tedious, but the result is very nice. Granted, combining bikepacking with some freeride is a bit weird, but it actually makes it all the more special.
  • 10 0
 Damn! We need some more of this.
  • 4 0
 Best edit, I've seen this year - hands down! Also including all the professionally made edits! You pulled this on your own - amazing! You caught the very essense of being out on the bike - with a great back drop and a subtle humbleness for nature and the riding. Great job!!
  • 6 0
 One of THE best MTB videos I've seen this year!
Thanks for sharing it with us all Smile
  • 3 0
 A lot of work for a brilliant result. There is a real tension, an incredible presence in this film, as if the film were an ecological adventure and freeride thriller. I watched completely absorbed by the vibe, by the beauty of the pictures and the cool ride. Good job for such a young man.
  • 6 0
 Simply amazing. Creativity at its finest.
  • 2 0
 The 2019 Aluminum Stumpy Evo’s represent the best value/performance of modern geometry trail bikes, spec’d for the masses and tough enough to take a ton of abuse. Great film, showcases the spirit of making the most out of life with a working class bank account.
  • 4 0
 That got my attention. Quality
  • 4 0
 Well done mate. The result is solid.
  • 4 0
 The lone fox always finds a way
  • 3 0
 well cool, great work, awesome framings! self filmimg is one of the most exhausting things for sure!
  • 3 0
 Captures the true essence of mountain biking. Great video!
  • 2 0
 Really good. Especially knowing its self shot, makes it even better. Well done!
  • 1 0
 Superb. Well done louis, you've made something to be very proud of. You'll look back on this with amazing memories from making it
  • 4 0
 Awesome
  • 1 2
 Thanks for your input
  • 5 0
 @pen9-wy: not sure what else to say, 99.9% of people have no idea of the effort and time that went into this
  • 1 0
 Self filming is a beautiful, creative fun process that is extremely fulfilling for me. Thanks for sharing your adventure... loved the imagery and action!
  • 1 0
 Well done sir. Really enjoyed this - I hope all your work stays this authentic after the factory sponsors get more involved. .
  • 2 1
 I am very curious about the equipment used for the photo/video shoot.
Is it possible to know what he used?
Thanx
  • 1 5
flag dhagz (Nov 7, 2021 at 7:07) (Below Threshold)
 Something expensive you probably don't need but could potentially get something good out of a user friendly action camera
  • 3 0
 @dhagz: said someone who has never used a good camera
  • 1 2
 @pen9-wy: yeah exactly. I'm not into cameras ya dweeb or spending over $1000 on one for if I'm never gonna use it? Like I said you probably don't even know how to fully use it
  • 4 0
 I filmed this on a Red Scarlet-W with a mix of Canon and Sigma lenses ranging from 10mm to 200mm. The audio was recorded on a Deity D3 Pro. And thank you so much to everyone for the positive comments I really appreciate it ! I've got plans for the coming months already, just need to find a new bike now Wink
  • 1 4
 @pen9-wy: have fun purchasing your $3000 camera for your shitty mountain bike video bud
  • 2 0
 Great stuff - is that in Austria?
  • 3 0
 Thanks ! All filmed within a 20min drive from Morzine, France Wink
  • 1 0
 @LouisCitadelle: ah I see, really outstanding nature there
  • 2 0
 Beautifully done. Work with passion!
  • 1 0
 Great video. Told a story and communicated the feeling of an experience. Beautifully expressed.
  • 2 0
 Really great project. Nice work!
  • 2 0
 This was awesome. Thank you.
  • 2 0
 Great Video, hope to see more from you!!!
  • 2 0
 Take me to church! Really well put together, love it.
  • 1 0
 This is awesome! Slightly haunting and lonely that gives an incredible sense of the immensity of nature
  • 2 0
 Man that was super good. Great work. Spots, trails and that FOX SHOT.
  • 1 0
 Amazing. I am inspired. Thank you for this! I appreciate your time and effort.
  • 2 0
 Masterpiece
  • 1 0
 Awesome video. Keep'm coming.
  • 1 0
 Incredible. This is a short theatrical film as much as it’s an mtb edit.
  • 1 0
 Utterly incredible work, beautifully edited, shot and great riding too.
  • 2 0
 Amazing!!
  • 1 0
 Awesome effort. Well done!!
  • 2 0
 Beautiful work.....
  • 1 0
 Fantastic video and soundtrack Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile
  • 1 0
 A magnificent portrayal of solo building and riding. Bravo!
  • 1 0
 You done good! Beautiful work buddy.
  • 1 0
 wowzers thats a ton of work, nice job!
  • 1 0
 Like a dream - really well done congrats. Looking forward to more!
  • 1 0
 Impressed! Very nice work & ride.
  • 1 0
 4:42 a real dedication to self-filming right there
  • 1 0
 Fantastic edit. Very beautiful.
  • 1 0
 self shot? Pfffff whoa. Well done!
  • 1 0
 WOW
  • 1 0
 WOW Just WOW

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