Sid Slotegraaf: Unfinished Business - Video

Jul 18, 2017 at 14:49
by ninepointeight-9point8  
Views: 47,755    Faves: 701    Comments: 27


A behind-the-scenes look at Sid Slotegraaf’s unfinished business above the town of Squamish BC, and the film that it inspired.

 Mark Mackay

This film has a unique set of circumstances surrounding the timeline, Sid and his wife Roxy were moving back east to Ontario. They were leaving our mountain bike wonderland of Squamish to return to what Sid called “Real Life”. “Squamish isn’t real Life” he’d say. We had a month…

 Mark Mackay
 Mark Mackay

The plan looked easy on paper; build a brand new trail full of stunts (stunts that work) and film a pure riding segment on it. Simple, right?

bigquotesIt’s always easy to decide to support Sid. He is an unflinching and inspiring rider and always gives 100% to any project he is involved with. When he and Kevin approached us with this ‘Unfinished Business’ film project—we were quick to back it. I mean, really? Sid riding new stunts he just built? No brainer.Steven Park, 9Point8


 Mark Mackay
 Mark Mackay

Adamant to build a new unique trail to shoot, our team was tired of either making or watching edits shot on the same old Squamish trails. Even with Sid’s less than traditional approach to these trails, like airing huge into Dave Reid’s 'In and Out Burger’ trail or making the Hoods in the Woods drop even gnarlier by hipping it from the rock, we knew we needed to build something fresh.

 Mark Mackay


 Mark Mackay
 Mag Mackay

Time flew by and we were having trouble finding good spots, and we considered returning to our day jobs. Rob Dunnet brought the morale back on track; he had scouted a piece of terrain a few years ago that he figured would work for this. After one walk through of the terrain we were fired up!

Down to three weeks to build, ride, and shoot the film. Sid started the build solo. Leading again to frustrations, there was too much trail to cut, too many trannies to be filled and stunts to be built. Another fork in the road, do we pull the pin and shoot something on someone else’s trail? This project was a well-needed reminder that trail building by hand is a decent amount of work, and cannot be rushed.

 Mark Mackay

Thankfully, a solid crew of friends and absolute pinners on bikes were keen to build, namely Stefan Shier, Ryan Standerwick, Chris Letourneau, Tim Crosby, Joel Ducrot, Alex Currie and Indy the dog. The bucket brigade attacked, perfecting the ‘farmer’s walk’ from our gold mines to the big transitions.

Building through coastal rainstorms and their antithesis coastal heat waves, we nailed our timing and managed to build all of the clear-cut features in the blistering sun. Our crew, equally as blistering as the sun, was closing in on completing the trail, though our timeline to shoot the film had now dwindled down to five days. Easy, that’s two whole days more than we need…

 Mark Mackay

He was on a tear, putting his move east together and literally, tearing some of the muscles in his AC joint in a big crash while wrapping up another film project. After some emergency physio from the magicians at Reach Physio Therapy we were back on track. Pushing their departure date by two days, we had three days to shoot. Cue Scott Secco, upon Scott’s arrival we got down to business.

Not wanting to blow his shoulder on the first shot, our strategy was to film the lower risk moves and features first, leaving the high-risk features for the end. Due to some unfortunate scheduling, (Scott Secco is a busy man, perhaps the hardest working filmmaker in action sports) our timeline was even slimmer, now down to two days.

 Mag Mackay
 Mag Mackay

 Mark Mackay
 Mark Mackay

3:00pm on the last day: Sid has removed the ladder extension to the big drop, confidently dropping in only to come up three inches short, exploding his wheel in the process. Amazingly unscathed, we tweak the entrance to provide slightly more speed. Racing the light, we are back at Sid’s place, truing an old wheel, looking for spacers and mounting the tire. Arriving back at the trail, just in time for the sun to set. Sid scrambles to the top, helmet on ready to send it…

 Mark Mackay

Even with the ISO cranked on Scott’s Red camera, we can’t see much through the screen—it's too dark and not worth the risk, we call it.

Sid Slotegraaf has some unfinished business…

 Mark Mackay

Our trail ‘Havatter’ isn’t on Trailforks or your local trail map, but if you want to hit some jumps, grab your bike, you’re welcome to have at er!

Thanks, in no particular order:
Stefan Shier, Ryan Standerwick, Rob Dunnet, Roxy Slotegraaf, Scott Secco, Mark Mackay, Joel Ducrot, Kevin, Kyle and Lars, Sam Richards, Alex Currie

Special Thanks to Steven Park and Jack Pittens – @ninepointeight-9point8
Video: Scott Secco – @scottsecco
Photography: Mark McKay – @Magz
Article: Kevin Landry – @KLandry


120 Comments

  • + 175
 All that on a 142x12 rear end. Inspirational.
  • + 18
 IMPOSSIBLE! HERETIC!
  • + 3
 @SwintOrSlude: and possibly on off the shelf 2.3-2-4 tires and narrow 35mm ID Rims,,,
  • + 6
 I feel like this song is dedicated to the wheel size debate... THAT LAST HIT THO! DAMNNNNN!!!
  • + 9
 would have survived with a 148 though
  • + 9
 Super Boost 157 would give any man an extra 3 inches.
  • + 58
 On a Scout..... That is SAVAGE!
  • + 8
 I have the same bike, it is a very capable machine. The riding in this video is incredible!
  • + 5
 @gerrycreighton: thought it must be a Patrol at first, but Scouts are red,what an awesome film
  • + 7
 I know! Thought it was a patrol at first but jeez
  • + 2
 I was thinking the same thing. Sid is a f**king beast!
  • + 6
 @joepax: 140 mm front, 125 mm rear. Damn, Transition must be feeling pretty good about seeing their mid-travel trail bike stand up to those hits. Great riding and epic video!
  • + 2
 Completely savage.
  • + 12
 @lobohusky: I'm just surprised that 140mm is enough travel to support the weight of those massive balls.
  • + 2
 @lobohusky: Dude, Transition designed it for that kind of riding exactly. If you plan, design and build for an animal like Sid, then you know everyone else won't have a single issue with it. This is Transition we're talking about here. Smile
  • + 35
 Watching this video brings up a something which has been bothering me... Take that last promo video today with the Giant Reign as an example... In the right hands that bike could probably handle Rampage, but the manufacturer's would never show that in a promo video, or else how would they sell Glories?

It's not in the manufacturer's best interest to sell that "one bike to rule them all"

This video is a great example of where the rider's skills outweigh everything else... SKILL CAN'T BE SOLD FOR CASH... Therefore manufacturer's never promote that... They'd rather show you how Boost spacing can take you from being a weekend warrior to being an EWS contender overnight... Guess that's what consumerism is all about, making you believe you need something, when all they're doing giving the rider the belief that they'll be left behind without that upgrade they're selling.
  • + 8
 They probably sit in board rooms with a white cat wearing diamond rings conspiring with the world cabal to divide and conquer.
  • + 9
 So much gnar to promote a seatpost to be exact.
  • + 0
 Honestly i'd like to see a slopestyle bike in rampage just so they could pull of tailwhips and barspins.
  • + 8
 Good thing for consumerism. I wouldn’t have as awesome a bike as I have otherwise.
It’s always this ‘the evil bike companies are just trying to sell us stuff we don’t really need!’ thing. Well, yah! Of course. That’s how they stay in business and R/D new designs. It’s business and how they feel their families and well...stay in business.
And sure, this guy is nailing stuff that this bike wasn’t really marketed for. That doesn’t mean a dedicated free ride bike isn’t better for it just because a ‘can do it all’ bike is capable. I can’t afford another bike but if I could, I’m glad someone makes all sorts of types.
However... “SKILL CAN’T BE SOLD FOR CASH”... so, incredibly, depressingly true. I’d be first in line otherwise.
  • + 4
 @theblaze: it's been tried. None of the riders on more slopestyle like bikes could even make it down the mountain while on those bikes. And the gnar of Rampage has only increased since then. The organisers of Rampage would have to significantly dumb down the mountain in order to make it rideable on slope bikes.
  • + 31
 Squamish is more real life than Ontario could ever be.
  • + 4
 The trails are unreal but outside of B.C. I never feel like I'm living so yeah, this is the real life
  • + 1
 I agree, but I also understand if Sid is moving from Squamish to get a stable, fair-paying job respective of the cost of living. The last time I was in Squamish I had a laugh at all the 1st generation Tacos (Toyota Tacomas) and 2004 Subaru Foresters parked in peoples' driveways. I initially thought it was just 'mountain culture' but speaking with some of the locals it's pretty clear that they drive near 20-year old vehicles because the mortgage payment on their $800,000 townhouse is crushing them financially. Compare paramedic salaries for example between BC ($27/h) and ON ($34-42/h) and it's easy to see why someone might make the move.
  • + 6
 @cwatt: People in Squamish judge you on your character and merit, not on what kind of car is in your driveway. It's expensive to live in Squamish because it is a nice place.
  • + 4
 Maybe some people just aren't bothered about new vehicles? No shortage of $10000 mountain bikes around here.
  • + 9
 @cwatt: omg first generation tacos and old subarus? what peasants! pffffffffffft......
  • + 1
 Hey Sid, I regret leaving Squamish and moving back to Australia to chase real life, every single day. Am I happy here, nope. 'Real Life' won't provide you happiness, but you living the life you want can. Good luck too you, I just hope you don't regret your decision man. Giv'r
  • + 2
 @cwatt: Sid will save a bunch of money not having to buy new rear wheels all of the time.
  • + 17
 Sid is the best dude ever. I'm sad he and Roxy have to leave Squamish but I'm excited to see him back in Ontario!
  • - 4
flag bathman (Jul 27, 2017 at 9:47) (Below Threshold)
 so bro, bro!
  • + 16
 Now when assholes tell me to stop riding dh and jumps on a trance i will kindly point them in the direction of this
  • + 7
 little bikes on dh terrain in the best type of fun. Stay loose homie.
  • + 3
 Still on a 2010 Pitch...many broken rims, bike still smashing the drops. Was hoping the new Reign would be knarlier, I'd rather have last years.
  • + 10
 Such a great vid and an extremely pretty place, hats off to all involved in building it! I loved the photos that came out like a week before of the log gap. The big sender at the end... man my heart was beating fast, I was leaning forward in my seat thinking you were about to nose case sooo hard! vid of the year for me.
  • - 1
 It's beautiful! Insane, a few inches shorter and death, paralyzed, who knows. For a promo video? Risk not worth the reward IMO. Amazing rider, amazing trail, props!!!
  • + 8
 This comment from @biggles604 was just deleted. Disappointing to see that. Biggles posted this

'So, to be clear: This article is about how a group of guys got bored of abusing sanctioned trails, so they just decided to go slap something together to get their 15 seconds of fame, undoubtedly leaving behind their stunts for someone else to clean up in the future. Meanwhile trail societies are working hard to keep trails open, expand the trail network and operate legitimately with land owners, which is an incredibly time and effort intensive process, one which videos like this just shit all over.
A tip of the hat to Pinkbike for publicising this crap."

I responded to that same comment and said


"Sid gets a kick out of riding trails in a way that may offend your local trail association, and justifies it by calling it job creation and employment opportunity—it's good for the economy. "

Kevin I gotta ask. Why would you even write that?"
  • + 4
 Thanks Lee. We always see the stunts and jumps being built and give props to those who do, but we rarely talk about what happens after.
  • + 2
 Article copy amended to remove quoted wording. Thanks for accepting input!
  • + 1
 Kevin's comment was poorly written but I also think it was misread. I think Kevin was getting at Sid's ability to create new and interesting "Strava lines" ... something that trail associations and users have been trying to put a stop to. Recently logs have been appearing across these lines and trails that may cross newer built trails ... at least this is how I read the original ...
  • + 1
 @home-team: Rob. Thanks for the explanation
  • + 2
 @PHeller: Well it looks like they're logging right next to it. Won't it eventually all just get knocked down as they tear up more trees?
  • + 1
 @jonbrady85: Green slash means it was logged this year too. It's always a tough argument about bike trails when there is a clearcut next to it. Would people say this about the CC?
  • + 3
 @jonbrady85: If they are there tearing up trees and land build all over the whole f*cking thing, have a little fun, don't get dismayed when it's gone. PG& E is tearing up new land right next to my house...nice berms they're leaving me...even cleared a spot for a road gap, to bad I suck to much to make it.
  • + 7
 GAH! I thought he was gonna die at the end. It doesn't get much closer to a nose case than that. Whew!
  • + 6
 Not all hero's wear capes Scott Secco, another LIT BANGER from you, so sick
  • + 2
 riding starts at 6 seconds no goggle application, close up of a butterfly panning to water beads on a leaf, editors please take note that is no longer creative when every edit wastes the first 30 seconds with that stuff a bit like tattoos are no longer rebellious when your mother has one
  • + 4
 Hey Sid if you're not going to be needing those balls anymore can I have them? Sucks you gotta move but life is life %100
  • + 4
 Slotegraaf is good to photegraaf.
  • + 1
 Removes wooden drop off because he's like "I don't need this kiddie stuff!"

Hucks and sends it like a BOSS.

Cases the landing and his rear wheel explodes. Walks away Unbroken.

EPIC!!

Q: I'm guessing alloy wheels?
  • + 1
 I remember riding with you in Whistler couple years back. Back then I thought you were loose unit then, but this is next level.
  • + 1
 Great video! Had to go back and watch it again few times after reading through too! That's the kind of trail I'd love to ride day in day out
  • + 2
 That terrain makes me wish i didnt live in the worlds flatest driest country
  • + 3
 More sniper trannies than the US Military (if trump has his way, at least)
  • + 3
 F yeah, my favorite video of the year so far.
  • + 2
 Loved this video. Truly creative riding with the skills and balls to back it up.
  • + 0
 Its ironic that unsanctioned trails like these are what sell our hi teck bikes that we think we need.
Mind you its built through a forest that was raped and pillaged in the name of progress?
  • + 2
 Listowel for life :-) :-) :-)
  • + 3
 Case in point...
  • + 1
 Hopefully that I means I get to see this guy ride at Blue Mt now. Awe inspiring rider.
  • + 2
 Listowel for life????????
  • + 1
 If I attempted the drop at 1:10 i most definitely would have become one with that tree
  • + 2
 That was dope. Nice work everyone involved.
  • + 2
 Holy Epic line over the stream
  • + 2
 Going to Squamish in 2 weeks... oh lordy...
  • + 5
 squamish sucks, don't come here Wink
  • + 3
 SLAY-TEGRAAF!
  • + 1
 Thats a great video - unique trail build and style. Wanted to see him not case the last drop after he fixed the wheel...
  • + 2
 Fudge me that was rad. Patrols are so capable for gnar
  • + 11
 carbon scout
  • + 0
 @bongpill sin excusas con la 5010 para todo, ahora que vendiste Patrol.
  • + 2
 That last clip was just Gnarly
  • + 3
 Video was great, the Slotographs were just as good too...
  • + 2
 holy shit that last crash. 10cm shorter and it could have been lethal
  • + 3
 WHEN THE VIDEO?!
  • + 1
 Sad to me that someone this talented had to leave Squamish. I had to leave the town and the bike industry too so I get it.
  • - 1
 sick riding but my 200 mm fall line is like 4 month old and lacks air so i got to pump it every time i ride which is pretty annoying
  • + 6
 That's a warranty issue, drop them a line and they'll take care of you
  • + 3
 sounds like you should send it in for warranty.
  • + 3
 They can send you parts or it can go back to the shop for a rebuild
  • + 0
 Yeah I've got the same problem and had it rebuilt by a shop here with new seals etc and still leaks ????
Pick up your game 9point8
  • + 0
 That sucks@hbfreerider: yeah im from germany till its in canada and fixed my season is over here..
  • + 1
 can't say enough good things about my alloy scout, c.f. must be so lively!
  • + 1
 Freeride is alive and well! Sicky AF
  • + 1
 that was fucking rowdy... holy shit.
  • + 2
 What is this bike?
  • + 17
 I'm 99% sure this is a carbon Transition Scout. I must be wrong though, because my Scout doesn't jump like that at all?
  • + 2
 Mine will. You just have to let it Smile @mrtoodles:
  • + 2
 Banger!!!
  • + 1
 Someone get him a new wheel so he can finish off that drop!
  • + 1
 What rim was that? Amazing save!
  • + 1
 So that's what pure loam looks like...
  • + 1
 So good!!! I'd love to ride that trail.
  • + 1
 That trail looks sick af!
  • + 1
 tipping my hat to you sir!
  • + 1
 A bit more than 3 inches short. He's lucky to be alive!
  • + 1
 2:28 - nice pin stripes on his calf!
  • + 2
 Awesome!
  • + 1
 Why won't these videos play for me?
  • + 2
 Heck yea!
  • + 2
 Typo^ should be "Huck Yea!"
  • + 1
 holy shit!!
  • + 0
 Yo anyone know whether he's on a Scout or a Patrol?
  • - 9
flag Palmers (Jul 27, 2017 at 3:09) (Below Threshold)
 patrol
  • + 5
 Scout i think. No piggyback on the shock and its the red colour that the carbon Scouts came in.
  • + 4
 Scout. I don't think patrol comes in red...
  • + 4
 It’s a Scout Carbon
  • + 1
 that trail is mental!
  • + 1
 Great riding Smile
  • - 1
 transition bikes riders super pooper cool mans))))))) rear weel f*ck yeah)))))
  • + 1
 Legit AF !!!
  • + 0
 1:42 is a beautiful thing.
  • + 0
 Way to much shitty drone filming and slo mo, sick tho!
  • + 1
 SID!!!
  • + 1
 Amazing!!!
  • + 1
 soooooo good
  • + 0
 Squamish FTW
  • - 1
 All of that on a Carbon Scout???

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