Video: Nick Simcik rides Chatel Black Shore

Oct 4, 2012 at 2:48
by Fraktiv  
The conversation went pretty much like this...

Nick: "No, the Black Shore trail is definitely closed. What are we going to do, where are we going to film instead?"

Me: "Hold on, let me make a call..."

We caught up with Transition Bikes rider Nick Simcik the day after he rode in the Chatel Mountain Style competition. Despite his big crash in the competition he was keen to get going with filming and to take his new POC helmet out for a spin after his previous one took the brunt of the crash the day before.

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We had been planning the shoot with Nick for a while and despite being based over 1,200 miles apart, we managed to finally meet up in Chatel, the small but famous alpine town nestled near the French/Swiss border, with - at the time - one of Sony's only FS700 'super slo-mo' cameras in Europe.

Despite months of planning, when we finally got to the Black Shore trail, we found it to be closed for trail maintenance! This immediately sank our hearts. The Black Shore trail, although small in size, boasts a series of Canadian-inspired shore features, perfect for Nick and his Transition TR250 to warm down on, after the previous day's endeavours.

Lucky for us, the support from Chatel Bike Park was second to none; a quick call to Pascale and Sebee in the head office and the trail crew swung into action to make the necessary repairs and open it for us to film on. Phew!

After some pretty heavy rain in the valley a few days earlier, the shore was still drying out. This meant that we had the trail to ourselves as many of the Bike Park shredders were staying well clear of Black Shore until the wood was fully baked...

Behind the scenes for our new promo for Transition Bikes rider Nick Simcik shot on the Sony FS700
Nick throwing down some moves on his TR250

Behind the scenes for our new promo for Transition Bikes rider Nick Simcik shot on the Sony FS700
Can't see the Nick for the the trees?

Behind the scenes for our new promo for Transition Bikes rider Nick Simcik shot on the Sony FS700
Popping the berm. Standard

Behind the scenes for our new promo for Transition Bikes rider Nick Simcik shot on the Sony FS700
For us, the Sony FS700 is the perfect camera. Riders can instantly watch back the footage (including super-duper slo-mo) on our Small HD DP4 and know where to dial the steeze in

Behind the scenes for our new promo for Transition Bikes rider Nick Simcik shot on the Sony FS700
The long shot home

Behind the scenes for our new promo for Transition Bikes rider Nick Simcik shot on the Sony FS700 - After the shoot water and beers all round.
Post-shoot beers (and water) all round

Behind the scenes for our new promo for Transition Bikes rider Nick Simcik shot on the Sony FS700 - Red sky at night videographer s delight
By the time we got back it was getting dark but we had before us a fantastic sunset to sit back and watch

Thanks to Nick's sponsors: Transition Bikes, Shimano, Maxxis, MRP, Deity Components, VP Components, Fox Racing Shox, POC, Novik Gloves, Quintin, Honey Stinger, DT Swiss, Grassroots Cycles, Teva & Red Ace

Thanks to Pascale and her team in Chatel Tourism, Sebee and his trail building crew, Alpine Breaks, Sony Professional Europe and Adobe.

Photos and words by Farah


25 Comments

  • 24 7
 Sorry to say that,but this vid has no flow at all... and those slo-mo's... why would you repeat every little move? I dont get it
  • 14 6
 Why hate? You should be stoked people are putting videos out for you to watch. You should pick up a camera and make an edit.
  • 2 1
 well said spiritofthewolf ... they see me riding they be hating
  • 2 0
 There's nothing wrong with criticism. If the makers listen to it and take it on board the vids the make will get better.
  • 4 0
 I agree, but there's a difference between positive and negative criticism, and this is simply negative. If the original poster read the blog, they'd realise we had limited time, a prototype camera and had to request that a closed line be specially repaired and opened. Added to that, the trail is only about 60 seconds long and we had no chance to shoot on a different trail with Nick, who was leaving Chatel the next morning. And why use slo-mo? Because we were the first people in Europe to have the camera, directly from Sony, and slo-mo is this camera's thing. There's plenty of flow in the video too...
  • 7 1
 Yea Nick!!! Great riding and great video. Good luck at Rampage.
  • 5 1
 Personally I like the slo-mo shots. Wish more people would utilise the awesomeness that it brings to MTB and action sports. Great vid!
  • 8 4
 Did the slow motion button keep sticking?
  • 4 5
 Why hate? You should be stoked people are putting videos out for you to watch. You should pick up a camera and make an edit.
  • 2 1
 My first edit is coming soon
  • 3 0
 Lab7digital your edit better be awesome other wise karma will slate your ass
  • 2 1
 lab7digital, yes there was a lot of slow motion but if you knew anything about the fs700 or read through the article you would probably realize they were testing it out and giving it a different vibe then most edits.
  • 1 0
 The guys that are slating the video. Its jealousy. As they say jealousy is a nasty trate and chances are they cant do better. Oli and Farrah. Well done. Another AWESOME Video.
  • 3 1
 What a legend of freeride :-))
  • 2 0
 Yooooooo sick guys nice work Smile can't wait to ride some mountains again!!
  • 1 0
 Good stuff.. can't wait to ride with you next summer..
  • 1 0
 2:00 that looks pretty big...next shot, looks can be deceiving.
  • 3 2
 Boooring !
  • 6 2
 Why hate? You should be stoked people are putting videos out for you to watch. You should pick up a camera and make an edit.
  • 1 0
 Good work Nick
  • 1 0
 Tr250 with fox 40?
  • 1 0
 Yep!
  • 5 7
 Great rider! Horrible video.
  • 3 2
 Why hate? You should be stoked people are putting videos out for you to watch. You should pick up a camera and make an edit.
  • 4 0
 Holy crap, that dude shreds!

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