Video: Riding the Meribel World Cup Track at Night

Oct 26, 2019
by Oli Carter  

Sometimes you come up with ideas that don’t ever see the light of day, I thought this would be one of them, but how wrong I was.


Before I knew it I find myself riding a WC DH track and 3am on an enduro bike. Things just got real.


The logistics for this shoot were tough, shot on location in Meribel and Courchevel, France with a small crew and a tight time schedule.

Preparing the Cable Cam

We ended up filming/riding through the night and sleeping in the day for a week, using 35 Exposure lights, totaling 115,500 lumens. That’s enough to light up the darkest of forests, in fact, they could probably see us from space.

All the Lumens

Ghetto Uplifts all week.

Look closely and you can see Mont Blanc.

3 am Pack Down

Filming the wild animals was the tough part, as nature has a tendency to do what it wants, when it wants… A few late stake outs and we managed to get the shots of the rarely seen mountain Monkey and Bear, only native to this part of France.

I cant thank Exposure lights enough for letting me loose on this idea, I hope you enjoy it!

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37 Comments

  • 36 7
 so much potential for a dope edit but ruined with the retarded costumes, narrative and soundtrack, plus it was well too short.
  • 8 7
 So, you didn’t like it.. but it was still too short? Lol. Go figure..
  • 6 0
 Bit of a test this was... interesting to get your feed back buddy... The thing I would like to know is, will you remember it over all the other edits that you saw this week!?
  • 1 3
 @tobiusmaximum: haha you got it in one. Thanks buddy.
  • 5 1
 @tobiusmaximum: pretty simple answer, I liked the potential, if they got rid of the bs it would have been pretty good and I would've enjoyed a much longer version
  • 11 0
 @OliCarter: When you half to skip half the video to get to the riding in a riding edit, i cant say i will remember it.
  • 1 2
 @JamesGTi: sooo, if it wasn't what it was and was something else, you'd have enjoyed it. funny that, i have an old shopper bike in the shed and if it was a sick dh bike i'd love it. (just pulling ya leg dude, no drama)
  • 2 0
 @tobiusmaximum: Sam Pilgrim would tell ya there's loads of potential in that shopper bike so if you actually did a good job on making it, it'd probably turn out pretty well!
  • 1 1
 @JamesGTi: haha. yeah its probably quite a good laugh, i might pump the tyres up and tweak the brakes!
  • 3 1
 I thought it was pretty cool. Some people just want to laugh, you know?
  • 3 2
 @ewikpark: you got it bro... thanks buddy, Glad it did its job.
  • 2 0
 @GriefTheBro: each to there own buddy, no worries and thanks for the input... When we do a second it will be wall to wall riding.....
  • 2 0
 @OliCarter: yeah I will remember it and I will say thumbs up for creativity, I ride at tonight and I know when the monkey throws a piece of wood out of nowhere!
  • 1 0
 Was thinking the same thing. Oli makes a fair point—we’ll probably remember this over others because of the silly costumes. Can we get a version without?
  • 5 0
 Some cool riding and filming. But OH MY GOD, the sound track sucks! Still pumped to get the night rides back on the go!
  • 2 0
 Glad it still did the job of getting the night stoke on. Music choice noted, thanks bro.
  • 3 0
 @OliCarter: I love a good night ride! All the shadows playing tricks on you out of the corner of your eye!
  • 1 0
 Night DH'ing is hella fun and it's also kind of spooky, being at night in the woods, and this video manages to capture that. Nicely chosen soundtrack, loved the pets!
  • 1 0
 Thanks Bro... enjoy the ride!
  • 1 0
 my local track gets exciting riding at night...let alone a WC track! Damn. Awesome project
  • 1 0
 Thanks so much @sillytorque ????. Was a big old mission to film but so much fun!
  • 1 0
 Forget the question marks ????‍♂️
  • 1 0
 Hahaha... it seems PB doesn’t like emojis!
  • 1 0
 @OliCarter: I swear emojis would reduce pointless arguments by at least 30%! Come on Pinkbike, sort it out!
  • 2 0
 Great video! Time to dig out the lights! Smile
  • 1 0
 Cheers buddy! Enjoy the nights....
  • 1 0
 That music... proper shite. Gotta day I do like the new Identiti bike and USE gear though!
  • 1 0
 The USE kit is so rad bro... my apologies the music wasn’t to your taste... so hard to keep everyone happy. Thanks buddy
  • 1 0
 That was different, skipped the first half, bemused by the second, but the lighting effects were proper good.
  • 1 0
 Thanks buddy, glad you enjoyed it. Those lights are crazy bright!
  • 1 0
 Last scene is in Courchevel, not Meribel !
  • 1 0
 first scenes are in neither courchevel or meribel!
  • 1 0
 @gravitysgirl: I thought someone would spot that.... it’s up mont Jovet! You can see courchevel, so does that count?
  • 1 0
 So what drugs where they on?
  • 2 0
 Nothing interesting, just High on life I’m afraid.
  • 1 0
 Oh my...
  • 1 0
 Halloween anyone?!?!

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