Best Laid Plans: A Summer's Journey - Trailer

May 22, 2012 at 0:38
by Dan Barham  

Fascinated by the emotions that someone would experience having their main focus for the summer suddenly ripped away from them, Dan Barham will spend the next five months following various riders, who for one reason or another, have had the rug pulled out from under them.

Still images by Dan Barham

Still images by Dan Barham

The mini-film will follow several riders who had spent the winter training, planning, and preparing for summer, but as the summer just got into swing found themselves crippled and lame, throwing all that hard work away. The full project will be released in October 2012. Between now and then Dan Barham will be attempting to capture the kaleidoscope of emotions, what adversities exist and how they're overcome.

Still images by Dan Barham

Still images by Dan Barham

Still images by Dan Barham

Not everything in the world of biking is sunshine and lollipops. Too often the golden egg at the end of the yellow brick road is shown at the expense of the effort it took to get there. But what about the warts, the failure, the seemingly unsurmountable challenges? Behind every rider there lies a world of anguish and pain, tests and strains, and summons to fail.

This project is not intended to celebrate the dark side of biking, but rather pull into focus the motivation for doing it in the first place. We only know what light is with understanding the dark.

Still images by Dan Barham

Still images by Dan Barham

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76 Comments

  • 127 1
 I will never get on my bike cuz I had cancer in my hip and now I got endoprotezis. I'm 18 and It's very very hard to see other guys on bikes. Huge pain in the heart. Stay strong guys !
  • 29 1
 oh that's shit... but never give up !
  • 10 0
 my rugs just been pulled from underneath me, just signed out of hospital + a serious case of glandular fever has affected my spleen and kidney and 3 docs have told me no downhill for 6 months, and after 3 i could try some light xc and build myself back up. whistler was booked. oh well, roll on 18th may next year!!
  • 8 0
 mines not as bad as that but i shattered my ankle first day of summer holidays and spent 8 weeks watching people around me go of riding, wanting to go out on my bike and not being able to is such a bad feeling.
  • 4 0
 Much the same buddy. Broke 6ribs and collapsed my lung this weekend gone. I'll be out for a minimum of 8-10 weeks. It'll be hard but I'll be fit enu to get back on a bike afterwards. Hats off to anyone off for longer and hope everyone makes a full recovery. Even if it's not to a state where you can ride straight off.
  • 7 33
flag olegcarter (May 22, 2012 at 6:22) (Below Threshold)
 wow this is sad two of you guys are talking about broken bones this guy " bananstreet " got cancerwhich sucks. and the rider of this articular prob has cancer so why are you guys tell your story show support for bananstreet and the guy in the articular
  • 31 1
 4 weeks ago i was airlifted to the hospital with 3 broken vertebrae in my spine. I am only 16 years old. The doctors told me i would never walk again but i have been slowly but surely proving them wrong learning to walk all over again with a walker.
  • 5 0
 dude... that is fucking terrible dude i hope ull be able to walk again!
  • 12 0
 It's called empathy. If you re-read my comment you'll see it says- Hats off to anyone off for longer and hole everyone makes a full recovery. Even if it's not to a state where you can right straight off. Now to me that pretty much shows full support in anyone's eyes. If you need me to mellow dramatic and be false like you yanks then I will be but, unfortunately I'm not. I've seen the devastation cancer can throw at a life and I fully understand it. My full support goes out to all involved in this movie and I whole heartedly wish them the best of luck with their treatment and remission. Stay strong and fight the fight.
  • 5 0
 DudeAwesome, fuck what the doctors say, you'll be riding, let alone walking before you know it
  • 5 0
 Tib-Fib fracture, surgery, watching all my friends shred- sucks Not smoking my head or back- priceless
  • 2 0
 I hope you all heal up soon, It is pretty scary reading about people with bad injuries. I've had very good luck when it comes to injuries, The worst was when i hurt my foot really bad (No doctor could tell me what was wrong with it so I cant tell you). I Was on the crouches for about 2 months. Found out the easiest way to deal with not being able to ride was to just lock the bike away and try to forget it and live a "normal" life.
Best of luck to all hurt dudes out there!
  • 4 0
 Holy depressing film
  • 2 0
 Sums up my life right now, I just ruptured my Achilles tendon had surgery on it yesterday and have a severe concussion 3-4months recovery. and on my 3rd lap of whistler this season!
  • 10 1
 100% paralysation, broken C2 fratured C1/2/3 and crushed spinal cord. However i have made a crazy good recovery and am currently road biking myself to fitness! Maybe start downhill again this september. As of July 2011 my life was turned upside down! I'm loving these films about recoverys and showing the motivation! Heal quick buddys and keep it lit!
  • 1 0
 ^ that is amazing
  • 1 0
 Guys. These kinds of extreme sport have some risk to be injured but if you love it so much you can handle it for sure! Probably not many of you all must fight for your life NOW. Crazy feeling it's just like be on the top of the highest mountain without brakes in your bike. You never now when you fall down.
  • 3 0
 never had cancer but almost lost my father to a tumor the size of football that hung off his stomach ,he was given two weeks to live in 2005, right now he's sitting in our family room with my mother and brother watching hockey. as cliche as it sounds not giving up can have surprising results! Quick recovery to all of you guys who cant ride because medical issues!
  • 36 2
 Couldn't ride all summer?...guess I'd make model aeroplanes and jerk off...
  • 5 0
 I hate not being able to ride when the weather is good, few years back put myself in a coma so missed the summer, last year broke my arm in lots of places, so missed it again, and this year I lost one of my organs so recovering from the surgery is going to put me out this summer as well Frown not being able to ride frikin' sucks man.
  • 5 0
 It's definitely not the same thing as being injured, but I know a lot of women (myself included) who've missed out on a whole season while pregnant. For me it happened just after recovering from a broken ankle, so it was almost like losing a season and a half. It sucks, but on the plus side you find out a bunch about yourself as something other than a mountain biker, and that can be a good thing. On the upside, while injured you can still drink, so you've got that going for you... Hang in there Seb!
  • 4 1
 fuck. i broke my collar bone in the first few weeks of last summer, first couple a hours on my new bike. i smoked more weed and watched more tv then i ever have in a summer. it fucking sucked besides getting baked. this summer i am going to fucking shred my fucking balls off!!!! so stoked!
  • 3 0
 Healing vibes your way, I almost didn't get to ride this summer also, luckily they only had to take out a 5 inch portion of my quadricep and hip flexor and I have recovered fairly well.
  • 2 0
 Dan! Very cool... and dark. Brings bike some darker times for me. Busted clavicle on A-Line ended my summer abruptly a few years ago. Although after reading some of these comments... and all these kids with life threatening conditions that weren't biking injuries but kept them from riding... I had it easy!
  • 2 0
 I missed half a season last year due to knee surgery and quite a bit this year due to a wrist fracture, so yes, I understand, and well, I had to handle it yes or yes hahaha...part of the sport. This story will relate to most of us at some point.
  • 2 0
 Dan - what a refreshing approach to a bike mini-movie. Love it and really looking forward to seeing how these guys cope, heal and probably grow as riders, athletes and men. It sucks to not be able to do what you love, but man oh man it teaches you patience, to look for richness and fulfillment in other ways, and you often learn a few things about yourself.
  • 2 0
 Very interesting perspective. I can totally empathize with the riders in this film. I've been injured almost once a season for the past 4 years, each injury requiring surgery of some nature. The strange thing is that it never changed my feelings on riding my bike, despite family and friends thinking Im absolutely crazy. Heal up and keep pushing yourself.
  • 1 0
 man i just strained a ligament in my shoulder and will be out only for a few weeks and im already bummed that i cant ride. I cant even imagine what these guys are going through. Just helps us realize how good we have it and to not take riding for granted. I hope you all heal soon!
  • 1 0
 Having snapped my collarbone at the NW Cup race #2 in Port Angeles, I'm coming to the realization that my "season" at least as far as the NW Cup is concerned....is over. Bummer for me. I was having such a great time racing...... Makes me want to get more prepared for next year. It's tough seeing my bike just sitting there and me unable to ride. Might be as long as 2 more monthes till I can start riding....easy. Best of luck to thoses the have it worst than me......
  • 1 0
 Were you the one that crashed right at the end of the track? Man that was a gnarly crash. Nice to see it gives you motivation to ride next season. Get well soon and ride!
  • 1 0
 No that wasn't me.....I ate it during practice friday on the top half of the course. I must have passed 20 people that offered to carry my bike down and get me down the course.....love the sport and the folks involved.....can't wait till nextyear. Go fast, be safe.....
  • 1 0
 in january this year (australia summer). I spent 3 weeks in hospital. pretty serious brain abscess that almost took me haha. what a great way to spend my holidays after finishing school (I was/ am 18. Luckily I can ride, but I haven't mountainbiked because I can't get over the psychological fear of crashing and having my skull collapse in on itself (sorry to be graphic). A whole lot of screws and brackets hold a some of my head together ha.
  • 1 0
 I too know the feeling of not being able to ride all summer. Broke my wrist 2 weeks into it. 8 weeks later I was out of the cast and just about able to ride again.
However I compacted the joint, meaning I only had about 30% movement. Now, a year later after a fair amount of pain and time I am back to about 80-90%
Still no way near as fit as I was this time last year though.

Best wishes to all you injured riders.
  • 1 0
 Sitting on the tail end of broken wrist and ribs healing right now from 5 weeks ago. Cast off yesterday, brace for 2 more weeks, doc said no serious mtb'ing for 4 more weeks until the bone is 100% at strength just in case I have a spill again, right now probably 85%. I lasted all of about a week and a half of doing nothing until I started going out on the street and riding my mtb one handed. It was driving me nuts inside, I just had to do something. Never did I realize how much of my life revolves around bicycles and motorcycles until I couldn't do either anymore. I can only imagine being out for an entire season. Sending some good vibes your way to get out there again ASAP!
  • 1 0
 I fell bad for you all that had to miss going out to ride! I never broken anything during my whole life and not got severely injured either even tho i had some really bad crashes. I hope you all recover well and be back on the bike soon! Keep being strong and never give up!
  • 1 0
 i dislocated my left hip and nearly snatched my nerve. that happened in the beginning of februar this year and now 3 months after it i still cant walk normal. when everything continues to heal then i can sit on my bike again in fall.
  • 1 0
 It's weird,I started reading this as if I'm the only one going through this.I'm older and have been through this several times before,but I can't seem to put away my love for racing.It just permeates all my waking thoughts.I hope I can recover ,period.I may never be able to race again,but Im committed to,otherwise I lose all motivation to get through physical therapy.I'm not glad this stuff has happened to you guys,but I'm glad to know you're out there.
  • 1 0
 in 2009 I was airlifted to hospital with major head trauma, 50+ stitches needed in my face. Then I spent the last two years preparing for the Mega, only to crash within a couple of days arriving. 2010 was a fractured Scaphoid and Metatarsal, 2011 was a very smashed collar bone whilst racing the avalanche cup.

This year, I'm not doing the mega and riding everywhere covered in pillows! haha
  • 1 0
 A movie about injuries..could be a bit boring, Just gotta suck it up (?)
How about interviewing a conflicted Mom, who wants to support her sons passions but after each progressively worse injury, and hospital time, is exceedingly confused ( multiple fractures of hip the latest ) as she knows that kid will be paying for the rest of his life.
  • 1 0
 Great project idea. I've lost whole seasons to injuries and dealt with the recovery road many times. Good to question your motives at all times, but better to remain confident in yourself and balance that confidence against reality.
  • 1 0
 f*ck ive been off my bike 15 days so far (not countin, honest) due to a bust collar bone and im climbin the walls already! ive been shoppin and bought new kit, watched every bike dvd, read every mag back to front twice, but at least i know, if i dont need surgery, ill be back on the bike in say 6-8 weeks. If i had to miss the summer complete.......shit it dosent bare thinking about!
  • 1 0
 I got sick at age 15 in 2010 with a rare physical condition where I had a ligament pinching an artery cutting blood flow to my gut by 75%. I also had this ligament pressing into nerves and so I had terrible back pain and stomach pain all the time. I wasn't able to ride for 7 months and doctors found it inconclusive until someone had a very close look at my CT scan and realised I needed surgery. Surgery recovery from that was 3-4 months and not being able to ride the whole time sucked so much but the feeling of getting back on the bike in better health is the greatest thing in the world. Stay strong everyone!
  • 1 0
 Seriously my heart goes out to all you guys, most of us know the risks and some times we pay with broken bones, bruises and cuts. For those that have injuries or illness caused not by riding but crap luck i feel for you guys too, it sucks. Just remember if you cant ride its not the end of the world, just sucks allot.
  • 1 0
 fractured my distal radius and totally destroyed my scapholunate ligament; to the point where the microsurgeon had to totally rebuild it by using a strip of tendon from my forearm. had to undergo physio therapy for seven months. can't fully extend my wrist, so no more push-ups and hand stands forever. right now I'm just thankful that I can still ride. healing vibes to all who are going thru tough times!
  • 2 0
 Just passed almost a whole year like that ... coming back to riding again is one of the greatest experiences of my life ... and now my smile says it all ... Smile !!!!!
  • 1 0
 Knowing what this actually feels like is one of the worst things. From a personal experience I must say it wasn't easy to hear from the doctor you can't ride your MTB for 9 months.
  • 1 0
 Keep the faith rasta bro.....we will both be healed and ready for Jamaica by 2013. like you said it gives you time to do the things you have put aside for these rainy days.See ya in February.
  • 1 0
 At 41 I broke my right hip last November, back on the bike and the jumps in February, it was a long slow winter but things are looking better each day. Nothing compared to most others on here, everyone heal FASTSmile
  • 1 0
 and that is why i wear full body armor/padding even if i look stupid though no amount of armor can save you if you have cancer or hit a part of your body that's not covered by the padding.
  • 1 0
 do not give....sucks to be sick ,,,i am right now,...the "cure"..(not) is worse than the illness somedays,...all riders think of someone else not riding as you get ready to step into your dream....peace all
  • 3 0
 Nurse, please remove his face warmer
  • 1 0
 i am sitting here watching this the a snapped arm, i know what it is like only 6 more months until i can ride downhill fully again.
  • 1 0
 Broke my wrist 6 weeks ago. Have to wait another 3 months - if the pain doesn't go away i get surgery...this Season is like almost over; could cry all the time...
  • 1 0
 Hey, we've all been shit kicked at one point or another on our bikes but to make a whole movie about it seems like a step in the wrong direction.
  • 3 0
 At least in Canada you won't be saddled with bills... Razz
  • 1 0
 broken hip, broken femur..year off riding. props to all riders broken bones to cancer who get back on the bike and come back better than before.
  • 1 0
 I BROKE MY WRIST AND HAND my summer is going to absoutly suck to right in to the race season worst time in my life to break it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! F*ck
  • 1 0
 i'm out for 6- 7 months because of the operation I had to have on my badly broken wrist, i thought that was crap, this just puts things in perspective
  • 1 0
 "What if you couldn't ride for...a whole summer? Could you handle it?"
There are people that can never ride again. What a slap in the face!
  • 1 0
 Last year I broke my collarbone, it was about 3-4 cms off my body. A landed on my face and arm from a big jump, wore a leatt. Took me out for the whole summer....
  • 1 0
 just got recovered from my third clavicle break, and tib fib break, this summer looks good as i now have full strength in every area again
  • 1 2
 broke my elbow and shattered my wrist when i was 17, a screw in the elbow, wrist replaced with rods and plates. 2 months in a hard cast, 1 month with a soft cast. 4 months of rehab. down to one hand, that summer sucked!
  • 1 0
 Yep, racing starts in a few weeks and i have been at home on the couch sick for a month. Pissing me right off!
  • 1 1
 wat do u have??
  • 1 0
 Chronic Recurrent Multifocal Osteomyelitis (CRMO). But the Osteo part just shows up as liquid matrix's on the bone. I won't say anymore because thats probably confusing enough.
  • 1 0
 I spent the last summer with a broken neck, 6 month recovery, get back onto the bike and it's the start of winter.. sucks
  • 1 0
 2 week ago, first nice day in Oregon, went riding at black rock, broke my humerus, out for most of the summer so bummed
  • 1 0
 i did that last year, broke my collar bone early summer and couldn't ride properly for a good couple of months.. -.-
  • 1 0
 that's got to suck i defiantly couldn't handle a whole summer without biking
  • 1 0
 broke my back two months in on my summer in whistler last year still doing physeo. Still love the bike
  • 1 0
 Booked on my first uplift on sunday after 9 months of with a shattered elbow. Cant wait but a little nervous :-)
  • 1 0
 I couldn't go a day with out riding let alone a summer
  • 1 0
 Sabastian was born the same day as i was!
  • 1 0
 what is second song name
  • 1 0
 Nine Inch Nails - The Day the World Went Away (Quiet)

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