|We don't have big mountains in England and we don't have any chairlifts either. In fact, in Surrey, we barely have one minute long descents... I think because of that, we just make the most of what we DO have. And what we do have though - and in droves - are loads of good riders! That and some nice mounds of loam...|
A 20-30 second long descent is fine with us, especially if it's all killer and no filler. No straights too and no time to think, and a minimum effort on the build helps for maximum fun in the loam. Don't ask where this is though, go build your own! P.S. It's in Swindon... Where's Swindon? Look it up! - Olly Wilkins.
|So the idea for 'Backcountry' came about, back in 2014 when the S4P crew started digging at this secret spot just outside of Swindon. Covered in loam and hero dirt and all on this small yet steep hill - it was just so much fun to ride. So I went down one day and got the camera out and filmed a rough-and-ready video, which went down a storm... It's hard to make anything bad with all those boys, especially when they're all on good form and bouncing off each other, and the floor.|
F**k knows why, but it took us a whole year to get together again and do another one of these edits. So, with a message from the S4P boys saying "are you free next week to come film", I dropped everything, grabbed (Chris) Seager and (Tom) Grundy, filled the car with camera gear and got down there. There were no steady cams, no jibs and very little slow-mo on the agenda, just good old fashioned simple fun with mountain bikes. The cameras were rolling pretty much non-stop because as soon as you stopped recording, someone would have a huge crash or something else wild would happen.
This edit was shot by myself and Grundy with Seager shooting bits in between trying to ride and keep up with the pros. As you will see in the video, he didn't do too badly, but not that great either ha-ha! Shout out to Grundy who killed it on the editing on this. You know it's kind of fun, doing a project like this with no client and no one to please. For this reason, I think these projects will always be lo-fi and all about the fun!
If this becomes an annual tradition, you can count me in, 100% - for the last two have been been filled with some of the memorable days. All hail the official S4P Swindon 'Loaman-Qualiceum'.
I hope you enjoyed the video and we look forward to bringing you Backcountry 3.0 next year! - Jacob Gibbins.
|S4P Backcountry aims to capture the fun of mountain biking and show that the pros are just the same as you - it's all about having a good time with your mates. The track was built in a few hours and after some debate on line choice we had a selection of turns and kickers that could be threaded together in a multitude of ways. The riders rode, the filmers filmed and Chris Seager crashed...|
With the edit I tried to make something a bit different; fast paced, pans and zooms, weird music and a bit of fun. It's rare you get an opportunity to completely make what you imagine in your head and to have no limitations on how strange it can be.
I hope you enjoyed the video and we look forward to bringing you Backcountry 3.0 next year! - Tom Grundy.
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