You want to do a wall ride? You need basic skills. You want to roll off steep obstacles? You need basic skills. You want to ride steep terrain? You need basic skills. You want to corner in control and at speed? You guessed it, you need basic skills. Kirt Voreis knows this all too well and has honed a bunch of basic skills and pushed himself to become a world-class rider. In the follow up series of skills videos, Kirt shares these basic steps so you can practice and become a better rider.
Learn the skills that Kirt taught Doug in the video at Niner Bikes
While Kirt had scouted the whole area weeks before there was still a lot to be done. We had to decide on which locations we wanted to concentrate on, and then build everything. When you're digging in the desert, water is a key ingredient for shaping and keeping the dirt together. It's hard to pack dry dirt. A mostly full 50 gallon barrel of water really helped with keeping everything together. Kirt grew an awesome beard to help with his part in the video, and as an added bonus it made him stronger and more minerly which was a huge help while digging.
We got a few things built and shot the first day, just kind of feeling it out and getting warmed up for the rest of the week. And then the weather changed. We'd planned to camp out at the site for a few days and just build and ride and film, but the forecast of heavy rainfall out in the canyons wasn't something that had us stoked. Flash floods and mud are a reality in the desert when it rains. Luckily Kirt's friend D and his girl Cass let us crash in their RV and looked after us really well. Awesome home cooked meals were a welcome treat at the start and end of every day. The rain made digging and building a lot easier for the first bit, but then it became too much and the dirt became muddy and unmanageable and we had to take a break from it all.
This is the lip for Kirt's big alley oop that starts the video, and as Kirt visualizes it here he realizes just how much speed he's going to need to make it. The next day dawned bright and sunny and we got out early, to catch the morning light.