Video: Brendan Fairclough, Olly Wilkins & Sam Pilgrim Session a Fresh Jump Trail in Episode 4 of 'A Dog's Life'

Dec 18, 2020
by SCOTT Sports  

Words by Brendan Fairclough

The Berm2Berm concept has been a dream of mine since we first started planning the different shoots/locations for “Deathgrip” in 2015. The original idea was to have a track built in a grassy field, where you had to jump from feature to feature, or berm to berm never touching the grass. The inspiration came from when we were kids and crossing the street without “touching lava.”

Though it seems easy enough to build a track like this, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Having found an ideal spot, challenge number one is bringing the dirt in while trying to keep the grass “nice.” Driving 16-ton machines and a dump truck around in a grass field isn’t the best way to keep things tidy. Throw in typical English weather and this build, let alone the shoot, was one of the toughest in memory.

Photo Roo Fowler

Photo Roo Fowler

Photo Roo Fowler

Riding for me is as much about the cool locations as it is about the crew and the people you surround yourself with.

I chose to film this section with my good friend Olly Wilkins and long-term Monster Energy teammate Sam Pilgrim. For me, it was evident to get Olly involved with this one. Not only do I think he has some of the best style in the game, but he was there from the word go with a shovel in his hand to help with the build. He was also part of the first “disaster” with this concept in “DEATHGRIP”, so we both needed some closure.

Now Sam, I had never filmed anything on this level with Sam before. While we’ve ridden together tons over the years, this would be a first as part of a bigger production. He did not disappoint. His style is very different to Olly’s or mine- he brought a huge bag of tricks to the line and really kicked up the vibe, it was rad having him along! He was sending tricks that I never thought possible on such a line – he killed it.

I really must thank these two for their patience, and for everything they gave the shoot. We spent days standing around and waiting for wind and rain to stop to end up only shooting half a day – true friends they are :-).

Photo Roo Fowler

Photo Roo Fowler

Photo Roo Fowler

The dirt we were working with wasn’t very good for building. It was impossible to work by hand, so everything had to be done with a machine. From the word go, things were messy, not how I like it. Yet, here we were, we had to make the best of it. Fortunately, we had a world class crew of cameramen, shapers and riders, so nevertheless we would come away with something.

Over the years I’ve learned that there are many things that can go wrong with a shoot. Once the track was built, we now had to wait for the right weather to shoot. Throw in some COVID-19 related delays and things just became more and more complicated.

Photo Roo Fowler

Photo Roo Fowler

Photo Roo Fowler

It isn’t always easy. It shouldn’t be always easy. In the end, I’m in a profession built on the foundations of hard work, and that work doesn’t stop when the success comes.

This was one of the first projects in the last 10 years of my career where I’ve had to throw in the towel. After months of preparation, building, testing and organizing, we were left with one good afternoon of filming before the English winter started to arrive making conditions un-rideable for such a track.

Photo Roo Fowler

Photo Roo Fowler

Photo Roo Fowler

Photo Roo Fowler

But as they say, all clouds have a silver lining. We’ve built a track that will be adapted so that kids and riders of all abilities will be able to use it. While we couldn’t ride it how we would have liked, it’s great to know that it will perhaps allow others to progress in the future. We made some good friends down at Redhill Extreme along the way. I’d like to extend a huge thanks to Matt Pugh for all of the ongoing help. Without him, this shoot would have been doomed.

Like I said, it doesn’t always go to plan. For Berm2Berm maybe the third time will be the charm.

Photo Roo Fowler

Photo Roo Fowler

Photo Roo Fowler

Photo Roo Fowler

Photo Roo Fowler


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Video: Aspect Media
Photos: Roo Fowler


37 Comments

  • 23 0
 Ollys face of stoke and happines is something beyond...
  • 8 0
 So I've seen more and more people doing it from Semenuk to these guys, but does the little whip scrub that they do off the off camber rollers (front tire is on high part of roller and back tire slides across the low part) have a name?

Scrubby whip?
Whippy scrub?
  • 7 0
 such a fun video, great vibe. guys flowing. Always stoked when I get to see some Sam Pilgrim. Pink bike we need more Sam Pligrim. lesss gooooo!!!
  • 5 0
 That's a kind of video that just puts a smile on your face while watching it. Those boys mesh well together and just exude fun times and sweet lines. BrenDog is a machine!....Olly is a Beast!.....Pilgrim is LEGEND!
  • 7 0
 Sam Pilgrim is so stylish and comfortable on a bike incredible
  • 6 0
 Can I be friends with them?
  • 43 1
 Only until the 31st
  • 3 2
 @timbud: you have won the internet
  • 1 0
 @timbud: very well played mate.
  • 6 0
 Good to see the old Dirt van still going strong in the background
  • 1 0
 Mike Rose must still be knocking around Smile
  • 3 0
 This video is cool. @SCOTT-Sports can you finally release a bike that doesn't only fit proprietary shocks?
  • 2 0
 Friend of mine is riding ransom with coil marzochhi... Size is strandard trunnion, you just need to get rid of lockout cable!
  • 1 0
 @winko: Im looking for a new shock for my genius and I have tried just about every option...
  • 9 6
 Someone seriously needs to address the awful music in Mtb videos - it seriously just ruins the edits
  • 3 2
 Greta called. She voted your contribution a distraction and insufficient.

That is your value add to this exceptional video?
  • 4 0
 "That was well sick," and while I watched it, I said to myself..."Dreams"
  • 2 0
 is this line publicly rideable? Looks like they built it in a bikepark or something like that.
  • 2 0
 I think they built it at Redhill Extreme, in the forest of dean
  • 1 1
 Nah, the farmers are knocking it down is the word
  • 5 0
 @jonlees: Last paragraph...."But as they say, all clouds have a silver lining. We’ve built a track that will be adapted so that kids and riders of all abilities will be able to use it. While we couldn’t ride it how we would have liked, it’s great to know that it will perhaps allow others to progress in the future."
  • 1 0
 @TechTrailRider: I definitely want to check out Redhill Extreme with my sons next summer.
  • 3 0
 Sam's handlebar is longer than his toptube Big Grin What a rad video
  • 1 0
 And he still throws the Bs
  • 2 0
 Videos are always more fun when the riders are clearly enjoying the ride. Well done!
  • 2 0
 Great ! Smile Maybe Sam needs a new bike Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Good Lord that looked like about as much fun as people can possibly have.....loved this!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 Stoked to have this just up the road and run well by Mattie Pugh. Bring on next summer! Trky
  • 1 0
 BIG SHOUT OUT TO REDHILL EXTREME!!
  • 1 0
 I knew that spot looked familiar.
  • 1 0
 No big pic of Pilgrim? Is he too mainstream for Pinkers?
  • 1 0
 Spotted one now
  • 1 0
 dogs funny face Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Sick video
  • 2 1
 The Three Stooges
  • 1 0
 Mint that lads

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