2021 Pinkbike Awards: Video of the Year Winner

Dec 13, 2021 at 4:02
by James Smurthwaite  

Video of the Year Winner

2021's Video of the Year nominees included a ton of heavy-hitting content. From the full-on shredit to in-depth narrative pieces, there was something for everyone. But, only one edit can come out on top.



Brage Vestavik in "Real MTB"


Why it's the winner.
There has been plenty of fierce debate about this one in the Pinkbike (virtual) office. Can a 90-second video really pack in enough content to be as good as a five-minute opus? Is a rough and ready filming style really as worthy as edits shot with big crews and even bigger marketing budgets? The answer to all of these, of course, is yes. Being punk and rowdy is a style choice in itself and it works perfectly for Brage's burly style on rugged lines. Yes, it's not the most beautiful or technically precise video of the year but it's the one that's stuck with and impressed us more than any other this year. A worthy winner.


Readers' Choice



Yep.

2nd Place - Girls Gotta Eat Dirt


3rd Place - My War II






65 Comments

  • 140 1
 Correct choice
  • 9 0
 Agree. Definitely top vids of the year.
  • 3 1
 I think about half of those videos including this one were the correct choice. What a banger year.
  • 83 3
 #bragedidntgetrobbed
  • 8 1
 At first I did not see the "didnt" and I was like "WTF man, it has been awarded, what else do you want ??" ^^
-1 to my deficient eyes
  • 39 8
 I would have been happy to see girls gotta eat dirt win as well it was defiantly worthy of it. But if Brage didn't win I think people would riot and blame outside for some reason.
  • 18 0
 Outside wasn't ready for the riot if Brage got robbed again. I think the two videos are in different categories altogether and both are incredible and both make me want to ride.
  • 1 3
 @adrennan: I could pass on the scream track after every drop.
  • 2 1
 @tprojosh: I often draw comparisons between biking and skiing. There was a great ski movie years ago called Claim!. They basically called out the people who act too cool for school after stomping a trick. I love hearing the stoke - it feels more real!
  • 28 1
 "a 90 second clip" with probably thousands of hours going into the build and process without a big budget trail crew or machinery. blew pinkbike away in the first ten seconds and then out of this world with the last hit. brage is an extremely worthy winner.
  • 6 0
 The citation they gave for this award does seem somewhat condescending doesn't it. "Much to our surprise, a video that was clearly and obviously an artistic triumph was really popular with the public."
  • 2 0
 @The-Foiling-Optimist: Probably a dig at PB'ers choices on the POY contest
  • 27 0
 Brages edit was amazing and definitely deserved to win. I just gotta add, Brett Rheeder Continumm was the most well filmed mtb video i think I've ever watched.
  • 14 6
 One and two are correct. Three had too many "niggaz," "bitchez," and failed slopestyle stunts for my taste.
  • 5 2
 agreed that the music in the Paul Couderc is a huge negative. A weird choice
  • 9 6
 Okay boomer
  • 2 0
 Brage vestivik electronic music timed to the hits always gives me goosebumps
  • 5 0
 VIDEO OF THE DECADE, come at me in 2030......
  • 2 1
 Paul's edit is so good as well. I've gone back and watched that so many times this year. He did a great job showing the battle and obsession that goes into his art. The scene right after he's laying in bed awake and then it goes slow mo with the 360 whip... gets me so pumped every time.
  • 2 0
 Just curious how it didn't get nominated for Commencal vid of the year?
  • 1 0
 just the raw talent in these videos is incredible. doing new big things (rare things maybe) and being able to get up and do it again over and over til its done right shows how resilient these folks are. Its good to see! killer job folks! All deserve these spots!
  • 1 0
 This was the only MTB video I can remember from this year that really made me want to go ride. Most videos that make me want to ride MTB aren't MTB videos, the best video for that this year for me was Dustbox - Dreamcastle and I don't snowboard. I hope we see more vids in the future like Brage's here. I think 50:01 and Caldwell do a great job, also have enjoyed the InTheHillsGang videos.
  • 4 0
 So many bangers. But the Wild Viking blew us all away.
  • 5 0
 Yep.
  • 4 0
 Even though I'm biased, this was the correct choice.
  • 1 0
 eep! eep!
  • 2 0
 Wholly shit! I feel like I should go to the hospital just for watching that ..I would be dead or wish I had died after trying almost any if that....
  • 3 0
 This man be-raging out there.
  • 2 0
 I couldn't agree more with the order of the edits. Well deserved to all. Excited to see what the future hold's for Brage.
  • 3 0
 You had me at the half cab in the beginning
  • 3 0
 First 2 spot on but third should have gone to Rheeder.
  • 2 0
 That looks nothing like mountain biking to me
  • 1 0
 Gotta love girls riding in cut off jeans. Great video ladies. Y'all slayed it.
  • 5 3
 TVS got robbed
  • 1 0
 Yap, Well Deserved It ! He should be the winner in the real contest !
  • 1 0
 How many bicycles were harmed in the making of this video?
  • 4 0
 all of them Smile
  • 1 0
 Surprisingly few.
(According to B and his mechanic)
  • 1 0
 It’s a GT. Not surprising he breaks them all the time @megatryn:
  • 1 0
 @freeridejerk888: How do you know? Do you know Brage and his mechanic? Have you talked to them recently? I know a few mods they've made, none of them huge mods tho.
  • 1 0
 Never said anything about mods buddy. I don’t need to know you ride his mechanic hard too@megatryn:
  • 1 0
 @freeridejerk888: No, you said he breaks them, which is wrong, as he doesn't. I merely corrected you and added relevant information. You're welcome.
  • 1 0
 Well deserved! Brage is a raw and fierce force of nature!
  • 1 0
 You got this one right....
  • 1 0
 Brage with one of the videos of the decade. Much deserved.
  • 1 0
 This is a good thing, mark it on your calendars.
  • 1 0
 90 seconds is about all I have the attention span for, so great choice.
  • 1 0
 Great!
  • 1 0
 Well deserved
  • 1 0
 Of course
  • 1 0
 Great choice!
  • 2 2
 Sorry to hear girls’ video had to bite the dust.
  • 1 0
 I agree 100%.
  • 1 0
 Yep.
  • 1 0
 100%
  • 2 1
 Avra got robbed
  • 1 0
 Def. the winner.
  • 2 2
 Drinks her coffee black
  • 1 0
 hahahahahahahahahahahaha
  • 1 2
 Daisy Dukes winner....
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