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Video: 'The Flying Scotsman' - A 50 Minute Documentary on Reece Wilson's Insane 2021 Season

Mar 16, 2022 at 9:46
by Max Rendall  


2020 downhill World Champion Reece Wilson and Sleeper Co come together once again, with a 50 minute documentary that takes a deep dive into the rarefied air where elite athletes operate.

“The Flying Scotsman”, presented by Trek Factory Racing / 100%, shows how riders become athletes, and athletes become heroes. After winning the coveted rainbow stripes in 2020, Wilson was all set to establish himself as the man to beat. He had the talent, and crucially, a new found confidence, but others did not. A vocal online commentary discounted his win; an outside bet winning a race he wasn’t supposed to was symptomatic of 2020. It was, surely, yet another anomaly.

As we continue to see, those with clear eyes know when to bet on emerging talents upsetting the apple cart. Armed with a point to prove, along with a new nickname, “The Flying Scotsman", the Trek Factory Racing rider goes all in, from ultimate highs to deep lows. 2021 was certainly topsy-turvy, a roller coaster ride for the man from the Scottish Borders.

This insightful and beautifully shot film provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the mind of a world class athlete striving to be the very best.

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61 Comments
  • 62 5
 Q: What does The Flying Scotsman fly?
A: A search & rescue plane.
  • 9 3
 @WRCDH
Subtle. Very subtle.
  • 4 2
 The Pleign, Boss - THE PLEIGN!
  • 13 2
 What an absolute hero!! And such a beautifully genuine guy. Wishing Reece all the best in 2022. keep it rowdy
  • 31 2
 Reece fooling Ben Cathro by slow rolling the inside line at 30:42 was hilarious
  • 24 2
 Loved that year from a spectator POV, Reece riding is awesome to watch and the dynamic with Ben Cathrine was great!
Hopefully see loads more riding from both of them this year!?
  • 24 3
 *Cathro damn iPhone
  • 20 6
 Loved the edits of him flying his bush plane in 2021.
  • 15 3
 Dream job, great rider, nice personality, great hair. What's not to be jealous of?
  • 12 3
 And the freedom to fly whereever he wants to.
  • 7 3
 The golfing?
  • 6 2
 No handed landers..
  • 16 2
 Phenomenal hair
  • 14 3
 playlist w/ all the songs (on spotify :/) open.spotify.com/playlist/01YoMqUPjgABskgSNFVCFj
yw
  • 6 2
 Thank you, brother.
  • 14 2
 Great watch
  • 11 2
 Such a good video. Reminds me of the Earthed videos. Filmed really well and the music is dope. And Reece is the man. Hope he has a great 2022.
  • 2 0
 Second that.
The Earthed vibe was absolutely there in the soundtrack and combined with the interviews seen in Porter / Lawlor videos, it was a great watch.
What really made this sing was the subject himself.
An incredible story of a man with a pretty good golf swing.
  • 9 2
 Amazing season of racing. That final spot on the podium was more than deserved. Looking forward to seeing how 2022 plays out. Definitely not just a wet guy. Good luck this year Reece.
  • 4 0
 Really great film and released at the perfect moment. Next weekend is Lourdes, first world cup of 2022. So excited to see them all race. It's amazing what they all do at the world cup weekends. The ups and downs and the pressure and the mind games. Love how they are all stoked for each other, like they have other racers backs, of course they want to win but they always have so much respect for people doing well. Best sport ever!
  • 9 2
 Just awesome, a true ambassador for our sport
  • 9 3
 Seems like a humble and driven lad! Cheers Reece to a great season and to future seasons!
  • 3 1
 As a many a late night NZ spectator, this was such a good recap lens on the 2021 season. (Just need to go find that Moto pedal save of Bernard Kerr on that same Les Gets jump(Kerr being the only other rider to hit the high fast line)) - A week till Lourdes. Let’s go!
  • 2 0
 Was never sure about Reece before, seemed to blow hot and cold but after watching this and understanding why it’s made me look at things a bit differently…

4th was always the bar set by Stu Thomson at Grouse back in 2003, Reece pops up in 2018 to match it at Fort Bill then was a long time until Jamie Edmonton did it in 2020 and then Reece did it the next race followed by a Win in the states in 2021.

PB may have priced him out my fantasy team but I’ll still be watching!
  • 2 0
 Awesome video. Other pro's/fan commenting on him being a wet specialist surely knew when they saw him stick the line in the stumps at Leogang on the VitalRaw clips that he would be a threat in all conditions. Immense level of skill and ability. He's a linesmith, like Hill was before him. Hope he gets the consistency nailed this year!
  • 2 0
 That was fantastic. Struggle to watch a lot of riding vids these days as I feel iv seen them all before, so really good to have a fresh perspective on another aspect of riding.
  • 6 2
 Best MTB docco I've ever seen!
  • 5 0
 All hail Sleeper Co.
  • 2 0
 Truth.
Nothing but up for these guys.
I’ve seen a lot of MTB action over the years and Sleeper Co knocked it the fk out.
  • 5 2
 probably going to edit my fantasy team now (again…)
  • 5 2
 I thought this was about Grame Obree
  • 1 1
 Hahaha saaaaaaaaaaaame
  • 1 0
 Jackie Stewart?
  • 3 0
 Today's best spent 50 minutes!
  • 5 2
 Great video
  • 2 1
 You can't just try and take the title away from OBree and think no one will notice...
  • 2 1
 Bring back the F1rst and Earthed videos, this had definitely those vibes and was fcking brilliant.
  • 1 0
 Great insight in the video. Was about to put him in my fantasy team but realised he's already in it
  • 1 0
 That was brilliant. So much awesome riding and a really interesting perspective on last season.
  • 3 2
 Loved his video a couple days ago with the new Shortys!
  • 1 1
 Le saut de l'ange in Les Gets! Just arrived an hour after the crash, that day was weeeet!
  • 1 1
 How can I watch the World Cup in Europe, I tried the discovery app but it doesn’t work in my location.
  • 1 0
 On Redbull TV in 2022.
  • 1 0
 Is that Guile from Street Fighter?
  • 1 0
 The lettuce flow on his hair is just incredible
  • 1 0
 This was rad. Reece is a dude so likable....get after it in 2022 dude
  • 2 0
 Best MTB film I've seen.
  • 1 0
 Get stoked for race season!
  • 1 0
 This was excellent. Good luck for the 2022 season Reece!
  • 2 2
 He’s on the fantasy team for sure
  • 3 2
 Absolutely brilliant.
  • 2 2
 If Reece wins this year I'll buy a 1 Highland cattle and name it Wilson
  • 2 2
 Video was well done
  • 2 2
 nice
  • 2 2
 Awesome video!
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