Video: Phil Atwill and Tommy C Get Weird in Greece

Jul 24, 2019
by Juice Lubes  

For Episode 2 of Juice Lubes Home to Roost we're in Greece with the Master of Disaster himself, Phil Atwill and the man behind the Banger Machine, Tommy C.

Juice Lubes Home to Roost 2019 Episode 2. Starring Phil Atwill on his new home trails in Greece.

Here's the story behind the video from Tommy:

After arriving into Athens and negotiating a wildly confusing airport, I was greeted by Phil, his girlfriend (and our photographer) Kat and their BMW. Phil and I hadn't filmed together in some time so the vibe was good and we were keen to get cracking.

We drove north for about four hours to a small village in the mountains called Zagora. It's the type of place where everyone knows everyone. Everything is old and a little run-down but very beautiful. I got the impression that it's a very simple, relaxed pace of life for the people who live there. That's maybe why the folk who live there are so friendly.

Juice Lubes Home to Roost 2019 Episode 2. Starring Phil Atwill on his new home trails in Greece.

You've probably seen Phil ride Zagora's trails in Gamble. It's here that he had an infamously gnarly crash that put him off the bike for weeks. Since the film, more and more trails have appeared and a small scene has started to emerge, pushed on by Phil's buddies Nikos Mixos, Lasonas Laz and a small handful of riders. It's clear to see Gamble has had an affect on the local community.

Whilst there weren't loads of grown-up mountain bikers to be seen, there was a regular army of local kids playing on bikes and sending it off little wooden kickers in the town square. We spent our evenings in the square eating the freshest food I've ever tasted, grown in the local hills with names full of X's and Z's that I can't remember.

Juice Lubes Home to Roost 2019 Episode 2. Starring Phil Atwill on his new home trails in Greece.

Juice Lubes Home to Roost 2019 Episode 2. Starring Phil Atwill on his new home trails in Greece.

Whilst Gamble showed Zagora in glowing, golden orange the seasons had changed for us and the forest was glowing bright green and was full of life. We spent the best part of four days digging and filming on the hill.

We'd start the day at a new spot, dig a crazy line that Phil's imagination had dreamt up. With a fresh line carved out, we'd get to work on sessioning and capturing the action. Nikos, Lasanos and another rider - John Yohanou - spent the week with us, grafting away on the shovels and riding their own bikes alongside.

On one day, Phil persuaded John to bring his XC hardtail rather than his DH bike... not the perfect tool for dry, rocky and rough trails. Regardless, John absolutely ripped and we filmed a mini-video of him to put out later on!

Juice Lubes Home to Roost 2019 Episode 2. Starring Phil Atwill on his new home trails in Greece.

Juice Lubes Home to Roost 2019 Episode 2. Starring Phil Atwill on his new home trails in Greece.

Juice Lubes Home to Roost 2019 Episode 2. Starring Phil Atwill on his new home trails in Greece.

Some of the trails on the mountain are ridiculous. There are perfect loamy gullies everywhere and undulations caused by melting snow form perfect transitions and landings. As you'd expect for one of Phil's favourite spots, you can hit everything at Mach 10.

With the shooting done, we hit the long road back to Athens. I flew back to the rainy UK and Phil jumped straight on a flight to Fort William World Cup.

Juice Lubes Home to Roost 2019 Episode 2. Starring Phil Atwill on his new home trails in Greece.

Big thanks to -

Kat Georgudis
John Yohanou
Nikos Mixos
Lasonas Laz

Photos – Kat Georgudis
Video / Words – Caldwell Visuals

Home to Roost is presented by Juice Lubes, the no-nonsense British bike wash and maintenance brand. You can learn more about Juice Lubes at http://juicelubes.co.uk.

Stay tuned for more from Juice Lubes Home to Roost as we head to South Wales for Episode 3.

Juice Lubes Home to Roost 2019 Episode 2. Starring Phil Atwill on his new home trails in Greece.
Juice Lubes Home to Roost 2019 Episode 2. Starring Phil Atwill on his new home trails in Greece.



38 Comments

  • + 47
 Best thing CUBE did signing such an inspiring rider! Always looks like he's having fun, riding like a crazed mad man, and just makes me want to get out of my office chair and push my own limits a bit more!
  • + 2
 Yep! Perfect edit. Rock music, slaying on the bike & even some e34 drifts! Ideal!
  • + 1
 One of the most stylish to ever do the thing. Dude's proven he can compete at the highest levels too and I can't wait to see what the rest of the season holds. True ripper.
  • + 27
 Its a pleasure that Phil lives in Greece. Great guy , always smiling. Great opportunity for the whole mtb community that we have him here.
  • + 23
 Phil is so talented, he makes riding a CUBE look fun.
  • + 12
 Phil changes directions faster than the Micro Machines dude used to talk!
  • + 11
 Did you see how much better he rode after the lube?
  • + 6
 one of my favourite riders to watch -sad he left propain, those vids were also dope
  • + 5
 Little did you know, thats not a song playing, but rather the sound Phils bike makes when he's riding like that. Some try to brap, Phils bike emits punk rock energy.
  • + 4
 I am not sure about Baklava since it is not Greek, a slice of Greek Feta Pie maybe . Sick Riding though !!!!
  • + 5
 Who invented it then?
Armenians?
Turks?
Arameans?
Anyways, it has been part of Greek culture for a very long time.
  • + 5
 @IntoTheEverflow: Coming from Bulgaria, I would say it's considered much more of a Turkish desert than anything else. There is a multitude of dishes that change name and composition in the region such as stuffed vine leaves, white cheese (Feta in Greece), gyros vs pita etc. One can discuss these nuances for hours. Wait...why am I writing this on Pinkbike?
  • + 4
 @vp27: because eating all the dank food is reason #3 of 1000 why we ride bikes, right?
  • + 1
 It was a invented by a greek cook in the sultans court. Go figure who's baby it is haha
  • + 4
 Great edit, Phil can corner flick a bike at unnatural speeds. So much skill on a bike. Keep em coming.
  • + 1
 I hope he changed his pads and rotors, or at least cleaned them after that way too casual application of fork juice! I was under the impression that certain death follows if the braking surfaces aren't covered. Top notch shredding though!
  • + 2
 Dont think he needs brakes that work, they only slow you down!
  • + 3
 Great video Phil. Best thing going for Cube - an otherwise boring brand. I mean, look at that bike... snoooooooze
  • + 3
 New favourite video, so good I even showed it to my wife! Phil Atwill is one of my favourite riders!
  • + 0
 Yeah!!! always such a pleasure to watch Phil Atwill ripping the dirt so brutally.
He would just deserve a more sexy bike; those Cube are so... unsexy.
The kind of rider I could imagine on a Banshee for instance, or even better: on a 100% british full suspended Stanton Switch9er.
  • + 3
 best start to an edit i've seen in a while, straight to riding!
  • + 0
 Makes you wonder that so much speed & style you would think Phil would get better World cup results?
Would also like too ride those trails if they were nearer, But also know would not be able too rip them like this!
  • + 3
 What a madman ! Would love to see Phil in the Top 10 at some WC's !
  • + 6
 Would love to see him put up some great racing results, for sure. But, I also think the kind of riding he puts on display in his video segments is very special, rare, and entertaining and I'd be just as stoked to see him in more films.
  • + 2
 Tommy and Phil are top lads! Had a blast riding with em and watch Phil killing it!
  • + 2
 Flickmaster G, in the house!
  • + 2
 Why the hell does he even have breaks on that bike hahaha!
  • + 3
 This was rad!
  • + 2
 Where is the beers.....You are the best!! Good luck to the next race!!
  • + 2
 Mental! Phil's got skills!
  • + 2
 filthy fucking Phil!!!! So good!
  • + 1
 THIS!!! This is the type of video that gets me stoked to go ride my bike. Awesome stuff
  • + 1
 What kind of bike rack is on his car? Custom made?
  • + 2
 go fuck yourself phil
  • + 1
 wow. ridn and trails and music. great vid !
  • + 1
 What
  • + 1
 Tcheuuuuu!
  • + 1
 The king

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