Must Watch: DreamRide III - Video & Photo Epic

Apr 25, 2018 at 6:47
by Diamondback Bikes  

Once upon a dream we flew
Across oceans and skies so bright and blue
We found a place unlike others we'd seen
With rocks so massive and grasses so green

We've seen mountains and jungles and canyons run deep
We've raced lava, chased sunsets, and found caves in our sleep
It's been a trip old friend, and I'll always embrace
The memories created in this magical place.

Welcome to DreamRide III


Here we go again, come on old friend
We’ve got one more story before we turn in

Diving back into that childhood lore
Where everything is like nothing before

Roaming through places so beautifully strange
Between stony giants a lifetime unchanged

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long.

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long.

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long.

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long.

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long.

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long.

Sometimes I pretend I’m a really big deal
Like a cowboy in a western, with that cinematic feel

This. Is. Epic!

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Mike Hopkins

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Mike Hopkins
Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Mike Hopkins

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Mike Hopkins

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Mike Hopkins

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Mike Hopkins
Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Mike Hopkins

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Mike Hopkins

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Mike Hopkins

Adventures can take a shadowy twist
Down a dark road where creepy creatures exist

Perhaps it’s my mind, simply playing its tricks
Or was that a monster stepping on sticks?

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long.

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long.
Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long.

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long.

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long.

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long.

But let's be honest, safe places are never as much fun

There’s a youthful pull to places of dread
Just like mom always warned us “It’s dangerous!” She said

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long.

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long.

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long.

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long.

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long.
Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long.

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long.

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long.

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long.

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long.

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long.

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long.

Life’s little storms try and push me astray
“Not me, not today, not now,” I’ll say

For sometimes life’s challenges can create something grand
Like castles formed from fine grains of sand

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long.

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long.

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long.

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long.

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long.

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long.

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long
Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long

So here’s to one final rip, and one final shred
One final lap before I fall back to bed

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long

It's the perfect place to finally rest
We've given our all, our very best
But all good things must come to an end
So here's to our final story, my friend.

We bid you farewell, with hearts open wide
And thank you for joining our final DreamRide.

Mike Hopkins DreamRide 3. Photo Bruno Long.

A letter to a couple of rad companies:

Working with Diamondback, and more recently ION has provided opportunities that don’t typically exist in the our industry. From my first day, I experienced a group of people who not only appreciated creativity but fostered and invested in it, which for an athlete like myself felt like a meeting of the minds. You see, I’m not your “Insta-famous” athlete, my social media game is far from strong, which wouldn’t and doesn’t work for a lot of companies. I’m the guy that takes on a project, rallies a band of talented individuals, disappears for a couple months and comes out of the woods with a final piece that will hopefully be a little different and speak to audiences. Diamondback has understood this formula and supported our outlandish ideas from the beginning requiring a monumental amount of trust on their part.

No matter how “out there” the ideas, the only guidelines I have ever been given are as follows:

1.) Be different
2.) Don’t miss the deadline
3.) Make sure you hit the first two

Diamondback and ION believe in creativity without parameters which has allowed our team to explore new ideas and carve our own path. So here’s us tipping our hats to you, thanks for enabling us to be all kinds of weird.

Cheers, from Mike Hopkins and The Dream Team

DreamRide 3 is brought to you by Diamondback Bikes and the 2018 Diamondback Release.
Along with presenting partner ION Apparel.

All imagery was shot by Bruno Long.

Directed by Mike Hopkins
Produced by Mike Hopkins/Juicy Studios
Filming by Scott Secco & Andre Nutini
Edited by Scotty Carlson
Written by Lacy Kemp & Mike Hopkins


MENTIONS: @diamondbackusa / @hopkins / @scottsecco / @andrenutini / @lacykemp



133 Comments

  • + 227
 You know it's amazing content when you have to immediately watch it again!! Way to crush it gang!! Dreamride series rocks!!
  • + 45
 I hope someday tippie will comment one of my posts.
  • + 75
 Rock on brother!!
  • + 10
 @slayersxc17: Yoooo lucky
  • + 10
 Can't believe Life Cycle was 8 years ago.
  • + 7
 Jeeeeeeeeebus Hoppo! Incredible
  • + 4
 How is this kind of video not the new 'standard' It's one we would all welcome
  • + 2
 @slayersxc17: haha made me think of “ I love inside jokes, I’d love to be a part of one someday!” - Michael Scott
  • + 1
 @Robeshredder247: because he lives in Asheville NC right?
  • + 95
 Dreamride is a thrill, the landscapes sublime. I wish I could dream these dreams all the time. Instead my slumber is broken by the call of kid's needs or the nagging question of where are my keys. Yet eyes open or closed I dream of a time when I can get out for that next soul-filling ride.
  • + 73
 And from this post it's easy to see, the green arrow go up, one two and three.
  • + 9
 Be happy to spin, to bomb, those jumps to send. Not all get a chance, for the last shred before the end.
  • + 68
 It's like Dr. Seuss for mountain biking.
  • + 4
 It’s Dr. Seuss but for big kids with very expensive toys.
  • + 30
 It's incredible to reflect back on the progression of the internet, media and the sport. Back in the early 90's I was riding my full rigid Avanti Nomad, reading magazines like MTB Action, heroes like John Tomac. 40km away off the shore of my home town was that smokey volcano in this video.... Fast forward some 24 odd years and the front page of website dedicated to MTB'ing is a HD video of epicness, streamed instantly around the world, on incredibly capable bikes with a segment on that island. Globally everyone will see it and get stoked instantly on it. Amazing. Well done DreamRide crew. Well done.
  • + 32
 I don't even know the adjectives to use for that
  • + 22
 SO damn epic! Loved the narrative. Crushed this one Secco!
  • + 17
 Sometimes I pretend I’m a really big deal
Like a cowboy in a western, with that cinematic feel
This. Is. Epic!

If that's not how it feels during and after a good ride I don't know how else to say it!
  • + 19
 Can't imagine how bad it must have smelled riding through those sulfur vents...
  • + 77
 We literally had gas masks since it was really hard to breathe. Also, fun fact: the gasses rusted Hopkins' chain and cassette in just a couple hours of exposure. Also my tripod (and probably the inside of my camera).
  • + 16
 @scottsecco: Wow... and now i don't want to go there anymore....
  • + 10
 @FASTFOKUS: Actually it's quite an experience - it's an island you can get tours onto. It's called "White Island" in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. Very very surreal landscape walking around on it. Just don't inhale deeply the sulphur smoke Smile When we went you only needed masks close up to the vents.

[Edit - double checked that you can still get tours]
www.whiteisland.co.nz/book-now.html
  • + 4
 @scottsecco: That part of the country even all the Mercedes have corroded badges. Growing up, the life expectancy for a TV remote was about 12 months...
  • + 2
 @scottsecco: You Sir are a Golden God of MTB video! Academy Award Shorts worthy this one o think.
  • + 2
 @scottsecco: Just watched Dreamride 1,2 & 3- You guys have smashed it out the park!!!! The Storytime on bikes in beautiful places has put an absolute halt to my 'productive' evening. Incredible work, a joy to watch! Thankyou
  • + 1
 @FASTFOKUS: honestly it was one of the coolest places I've ever been so totally worth it haha. We saw a pod of dolphins on the ferry over to the island!
  • + 1
 @heinous: haha that's so wild!! Wonder what that stuff does to your lungs!?
  • + 1
 @Zuman: haha thanks so much! Can't take all the credit though as Hopkins, Gibb, Manley, Peacock, and Nutini, have all had a hand in shooting it. Plus Scotty Carlson editing part 1 & 3. But thanks so much! Always stoked to hear people are enjoying the films.
  • + 1
 Cheers @sepiakid! If you're inspired to go ride then our work here is done haha.
  • + 15
 *slow clap*
  • + 13
 Have definitely done that paranoid ride/scurry away from scary monster before.
  • + 11
 The dreamride videos are the only instances where it's acceptable to put "MUST WATCH" in front of the articles. Everything else is just clickbait.
  • + 4
 I don't know -- I thought that Fabio Wibmer video the other day was pretty worthy of the moniker.
  • + 10
 Got confused and thought I was looking at a National Geographic article for a second. 10/10
  • + 10
 Hey, DreamRide crew: Thanks a bunch. You guys rock! And please: If you think all this is weird – stay like that!
  • + 11
 it's that damn hansel! he's so hot right now!
  • + 8
 There`s something wrong with me. I just want to watch this video over and over and... Diamondback you just shred it Smile
  • + 8
 Absolutety beautiful !!! It's a wonderful dreamride ! The cinematography and photos are truly amazing.
Well done guys Wink
  • + 6
 Amazing locations, sick riding, great cinematography, stunning photos; overall such a great series of videos. Big cheers to the whole team that put it together.
  • + 6
 So cool guys and I know it didn’t come easy! Congratulations, the result is totally awesome. (As per the old-school dictionary definition of inspiring awe.)
  • + 3
 I loved that it shows you riding the crap outta some trails. Not just sliding your rear wheel around turns in slo-mo...and then again from another angle....and another angle. Good story, great cinematography, and breathtaking photos! Way to go Mike and the Dream Team!
  • + 7
 I guess I won't be winning picture of the year again.
  • + 3
 This is one of those videos that lets you forget you work in an office, have real life stuff to sort, a house to fix and car that needs patched up. Gets you pumped up for riding the bike to escape it all for an hour or two, with nothing to worry about but the thrill of a perfect line. Awesome!
  • + 8
 ABSOLUTELY THE BEST!
  • + 7
 yeah that was ok
  • + 16
 @diamondbackbikes: totally, what a lame video, no police chase or bras
  • + 3
 MY GOD!!!! Great Job again DreamTeam!!!!! Never gets tired. Only sad this is the sequel. However looking forward to new projects in the future. Aloha From Big Island!!!! @scottsecco @hopkins
  • + 3
 @EvilToad thanks Dave, you're the man! Now ya just gotta come for a ride in Squamish someday...
  • + 4
 @scottsecco: The geologist in me says, "What the...?"

Where was that spectacular and scenic riding though the giant boulders filmed?
  • + 7
 @bbeak that would be Flock Hill, New Zealand! Seriously cool place to check out, felt straight out of Indiana Jones haha.
  • + 5
 @scottsecco: Well The Chronicles of Narnia and lord of the rings anyway.
  • + 2
 It is private property and the owners are all right with boulders going up there, its a pretty internationally renounced boulder field. But if a bunch of bikers start going up there then I can see it getting closed off which would be a shame, I would imagine that these guys got permission from the land owners. Here is a winter shot, www.instagram.com/p/BWode7mhqsR/?taken-by=nickdaviesnz on this day I skied the same line rode at 0:45
  • + 1
 @scottsecco: i was seriously watching this thinking f*ck the have done a mint job traveling around north america to find all these places that stitch together to look like NZ.should be asking for kickbacks from tourism NZ if you havent.love it
  • + 0
 @dirtbeard: haha we tried but we only gave them a month's notice that we were coming down to film and apparently that wasn't enough time for them to approve any involvement in it. I guess I'll just have to come back another time with my bike so I can get some riding in!
  • + 5
 Between Fabio Wilmer’s new edit and this new DreamRide, it’s a good week for mountain biking.
  • + 5
 Beautifully shot and edited! Loved it!
  • + 4
 10 out of 10 I'd watch it again. Ripping around on a bike is always a scream I can ride mine like that But only in a dream.
  • + 4
 Yep just going for a ride in BFE in a T shirt with no water, food, or backpack
  • + 5
 I spy AT LEAST 3 pictures for photo of the year contestants!
  • + 3
 only 3? They should just go ahead and let him know he won right now
  • + 2
 4k just blew my mind. The bar has been raised. I can't wait to see who was involved with the amazing cinematography and production! Seriously, find some way to watch this is 4k
  • + 1
 Amazing. Beautiful, inspiring and, sadly, unattainable.

Anybody else have dreamscapes where you ride your bike? There is a bunch of trails that I dream I ride on from time to time. I keep returning to those trails. Sometimes I am even tricked into thinking that they really exist. They have some similarities with real-life trails, but when I think hard about it, it will clear that they are part of my dreamscape.

@scottsecco: that is one pro-level drone! It must have been flying at 50mph in some of those shots.
  • + 6
 Thanks @joeadnan! It was actually a Phantom 4 Pro, so it wasn't too crazy, you can pick one up these days for around $2,000. They definitely rip though! I'm too scared to put it in ''sport'' mode since I crash so many of them...
  • + 3
 @diamondbackbikes Making a major move in brand reimaging! Keep up the great work! This series makes it hard to wait to throw a leg over one.
  • + 3
 Großartig as we say in Germany. Great job again. Just let me know if you are looking for another spectacular places to ride ... for instance in Switzerland.
  • + 3
 Wow! Awesome work @scottsecco......loved this! You are getting to be one hell of a drone pilot :-)
  • + 3
 So basically the creators of the "planet earth" series read my diary. Amazing.
  • + 3
 So many computer screen backgrounds. Any way to get ahold of full resolution on some of these?
  • + 3
 Wow, just wow. A true masterpiece that just makes you want to grab your bike and go out for an epic adventure.
  • + 4
 What an Amaing Video !! WOW
  • + 1
 Amazing vid! The photography of Bruno is some of the best in the biz in my humble opinion. Keep it up ol buddy! The way you pursued your dream is admirable and inspiring! Wish I could go shred after watching this
  • + 3
 This is one of the best movies ive seen in so long - what a stunning place!
  • + 2
 My Lord, this entire series is a level past the next level. The photography alone is jaw dropping. I spent a good half hour at work just looking at the pictures.
  • + 4
 absolutely beautiful scenery.
  • + 4
 Amazing shots! Where is Waldo?
  • + 4
 Just EPIC ! Fantastic team work !
  • + 3
 countless cover shots in one article...
  • + 2
 killed it like usual, not even surprised at what a banger this one is. just so. damn. good.
  • + 2
 Yep, reminds of me of the best part of riding, the adventure. Spring is here, and the mountains are calling!
  • + 2
 @diamondbackbikes This is outstanding work. I just was hoping it coincided with a new level link Mission...
  • + 3
 Reminds me how lucky I am to live and play in NZ, yeow !
  • + 3
 Epic locations and epic level of production. So great and so inspiring!
  • + 3
 Nice job by all involved!
  • + 3
 Epic photos for sure. Nice creativity with the writing.
  • + 2
 I hope my neighbours enjoyed the full sonic range of the audio track as much as I did! Big Grin
  • + 4
 Advertising done right!
  • + 3
 Awesome! I rarely see a video twice or thrice!
  • + 3
 A masterpiece as always Scott amazing job!!!
  • + 3
 What a beautiful planet to ride.
  • + 3
 Or a small country in this instance..
  • + 2
 How much did this edit cost haha ? It was sick but that s more a NZ add than a DB add Big Grin
  • + 3
 HOPKINS........can you hear me? Nope, out for another dream ride.
  • + 3
 Nice Makes me want to go ride!!
  • + 3
 Wonderful! And so many awesome photo's to use as my desktop background!
  • + 4
 Loved it. 10 thumbs up.
  • + 3
 First part of video, I'd bring climbing gear!!
  • + 2
 Haha things got Freudian at the end there with Rude Rock.
  • + 3
 god dam epic
  • + 3
 drop the mike, you win.
  • + 1
 Those pictures are too much. I want all of them printed out, hanging on my walls. Thanks for this great content!
  • + 3
 Wonderful. Thanks!
  • + 2
 Annnnnnnnd that was good. "this-is-epic" xD
  • + 2
 You got to love New Zealand... brilliant video, bravo.
  • + 2
 nope. too epic. I can't handle that much epic.
  • + 2
 This was more like watching planet earth than mountain biking
  • + 2
 Holy crap that scenery. New Zealand is incredible. Well done.
  • + 2
 Definitely a must watch! Thanks for the eyegasm
  • + 2
 this is the definition of "must watch" as far as i'm concerned. Thank you!
  • + 3
 Great Content
  • + 2
 Really incredible cinematography and poetic writing. Love it!
  • + 2
 Epic !!!
  • + 2
 Just awesome !
  • + 1
 Excellent video but equally excellent photography!
  • + 1
 Love it! Amazing photography and cinematography!
  • + 1
 That's 2 great videos this week, cheers to the people involved in them.
  • + 2
 YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
  • + 2
 I love these videos!
  • + 1
 probably 15 POY contenders in there
  • + 1
 Tight!!!!
  • + 1
 Locations?
  • + 3
 All in New Zealand - Flock Hill, Rotorua, White Island, what looks like Mesopotamia Station, Queenstown
  • + 1
 @Simopiemo: you Sir, got some unbelievable scenery in your country - bucket list updated ;-)
  • + 1
 What's the last song?
  • + 1
 What an article!
  • - 3
 I detest Vimeo.
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