Video: Richie Rude Blasts Down His Signature Trail - Raw 100

Sep 14, 2018 at 10:10
by Red Bull Bike  



Back to the back yard, where it all started.

Two Time Enduro World Series Champion, Richie Rude, sets his sights on blazing a new trail in the Northern Tip of New England to plant a seed for future MTB riders and bring world class mountain bike race events to his back yard at Burke Mountain.


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Red Bull Content Pool - Dave Trumpore

Red Bull Content Pool - Dave Trumpore
Red Bull Content Pool - Dave Trumpore

Red Bull Content Pool - Dave Trumpore

Red Bull Content Pool - Dave Trumpore
Red Bull Content Pool - Dave Trumpore

Red Bull Content Pool - Dave Trumpore

Red Bull Content Pool - Dave Trumpore
Red Bull Content Pool - Dave Trumpore

Red Bull Content Pool - Dave Trumpore

Red Bull Content Pool - Dave Trumpore
Red Bull Content Pool - Dave Trumpore

Red Bull Content Pool - Dave Trumpore


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135 Comments

  • + 96
 Credit where credit is due:

This trail was built by Knight Ide (in conjunction with Rude to some degree), the genius behind Victory Hill, as well as the new East Haven sector of the Kingdom Trails (and some of the kingdom trails proper as well).

I'd say Knight is by far the most creative and nuanced trail builder I know of. He seemlessly blends flow and tech, and uses as much of the natural terrain as possible. What you are left with are the trails of my dreams. Gnarly tech shoots with perfect catch berms at the bottom, mixed in with flowy lines, doubles everywhere, and good old fashioned fun.

If you haven't been up to the Northeast Kingdom recently... it's worth a visit.
  • + 14
 Knight does awesome work
  • + 16
 100% agreed. Burke is the true gem of New England...everyone only mentions highland, Killington, MCBP or thunder when they talk bike parks. Nah man. You need to hit the peak of Burke to experience true New England riding!!
  • + 5
 The Victory Hill trails are amazing! If Knight is behind this one then I'll definitely hit up Burke on my next trip up north.
  • + 5
 Couldn't agree more. Dude knows how to build a trail. Victory is one of my most favorite places to ride, and East Haven is a blast aswell.
  • + 3
 Wasn't he one of the NEK builders who also lead the Barre trails as well?

My parents first introduced us to the NEK trails around 18 years ago and the Barre trails not too long after that, getting a tour by one of the trail builders and I remember hearing his name being tossed around. After riding a fair amount of North America, they're still among the best trails I've ever ridden (webbs, cow pattie, moose alley, Tody's tour, Widow Maker, etc etc) They revolutionized EC riding and that's not an exaggeration.
  • + 13
 Awww, yer making me blush!☺️
Thanks for the props everyone!
I was an amazing experience working with Richie on this, looking forward to part 2 ????????
  • + 1
 @knightrideride: Thank you for the sweet trails!
  • + 1
 Great trail! Rode it this week for the first time. It rained the day before and was pretty wet so I took it real slow. Love that area.
  • + 55
 I didn't know Matt Damon rode bikes
  • + 7
 Haha Matt damon actually does mountain bike. He was on Leno a few years ago with a broken arm from crashing
  • + 4
 How about Bruce Venture.
  • + 2
 @Jlukac86: so does the dude who plays Glenn on Walking Dead. I took a shuttle with him a few years back.
  • + 1
 Ha ha so true
  • + 1
 he looks also a littlebit like michael shannon to me
  • + 23
 Plays a RAW 100 video. 10 seconds in there's two Richie Rude on screen. Wonder how they did that without post production... Sick riding tho.
  • + 42
 Red Bull gives you clones.
  • + 9
 this "raw" thing becomes more and more loose nowadays
  • + 6
 And many of the sounds are edited over as well. There is no way you hear a freehub and tire rolling sounds that crisp are that speed, filming with a drone. Great video but it felt a bit odd.
  • + 23
 @polarproton: you do know that sound is recorded separately when making just about any edit of production quality? Some takes are simply done to record sound some for action others for both. On this shoot there was one person with a microphone who's only job was to capture audio. In addition to two motion cameras a drone and a photographer. It's a team effort. Yes at times that pre recorded sound is remixed to fill gaps but the majority of it comes from the trail and rider and is accurate.
  • + 1
 @davetrumpore : I do know indeed. ^^ But thanks for clarifying the process here.
I watched the video a couple more times to explain the "odd": @1:15 for instance, the rolling sound felt, TO ME, weird. I'm not questioning the quality of the work, nor the hours put in. Smile
Btw: besides big rigs, are cable cams still a thing or have drones taken over?
  • + 0
 If we take "raw" to stand for "unedited" or "without postprocessing," this video should be called "raw style" or sth similar. Most probably on top of the things that @davetrumpore mentioned above the footage was also colour graded. I agree that in terms of production this is a typical procedure but I'd object to use the term "raw." On a side note, this "raw 100" video has a running time of 121 seconds.
  • + 1
 @davetrumpore: why not mic the rider and or the bike and mix it in? Thanks.
  • + 1
 @rkstar: yup, there was mic on Richie the whole time as well. Near the back of his neck to keep from picking up too much wind.
  • + 6
 @kmoter: @kmoter: no one would ever do this. Every photo, video, etc has some level of processing as Raw files out of camera are simply data files created with the intent of processing... Flat no tone curve/contrast or proper color. It's essentially just a blueprint, and ugly, but is intended to be the best starting point to give the film maker or photographer the most flexibility.... As for audio, by you definition all you'd here is a drone motor and blades, and s ton of footsteps crashing through the underbrush as camera opperstors move about. I don't wish to sound rude, but your definition seems to have little understanding of how and edit like this is put together from the basic production level
  • + 1
 @davetrumpore: I don't want to argue with what you just said as I understand the workflow relatively well but I have an issue with calling it "raw." Just my 2 cents.
  • + 0
 @kmoter: by your definition no raw video you've ever seen online is raw. Maybe make one and post it on up so we can see what "real" raw looks and sounds like ??
  • + 2
 @davetrumpore: I'm not picking on you. However, there are thousands of hours of "raw" videos online: gopro footage with ambient sound, phone videos etc. My point is: when "raw" videos started appearing on Pinkbike they were simple edits without a musical soundtrack with "ambient" sounds. With time the amount of post is much higher but the name somehow sticks. When it comes to MTB videos, I'd say Vital Raw edits are an example of the early trend. Finally, I don't have anything against post production and editing.
  • + 0
 @kmoter: so you just want to see the same left to right or right to left pans done over and over and over from the side of a trail with no sense of perspective or creativity? No focus pulls, no different perspectives, etc. By this formula everyone's Kmoter approved raw would looks exactly the same? Seems terrible... I think you need to open that mind up a bit and get out of your box here. Color grading, editing, and sound recorded off camera makes it no less real or raw, and gives a proper sense of speed and shows a creative perspective. Maybe loosen your hangup on your rigid definition of a label and try to enjoy some creativity bud. No one wants to see out of camera go pro and iPhone videos.

And in case you missed it the above video has no sound track and is just abient sounds of the bike on trail. Maybe just captured in a level of detail and clarity than you are used to ;-)
  • + 2
 @davetrumpore: I have nothing against creativity and I can appreciate it no problem. My main gripe here is about the term "raw." In my other life I write about films for a living.
  • - 2
 @kmoter: so do you own the definition of raw? Seems quite selfish and narrow minded for you to think this way and demand others comply with your standards. As a self proclaimed film writer maybe you should enjoy someone else's creative work instead of trying to bend it to your absurd definition or trying to knock it down a few pegs, eh?

Seriously though... RAW edits have been around for years in lots of sports and lifestyle genres and the definition is pretty broad. I think the body of work over the years speaks for the definition of what makes a raw video acceptably to be, NOT the definition on one man behind a keyboard in Poland :-)

Thankfulky it's progressed far from your desired pans and zooms on phones and gopros or we would never be getting the level of content we see now.

Cheers
  • + 4
 Hey chill guys.

@kmoter : I don't remember "raw 100" being ever presented as raw footage. Instead they were always highly polished and fast paced edits focusing on the riding with little to no filling ( i.e: rider waking up, getting to trail head, multiple angles of the same move, al that jazz). In that regard the series is perfectly consistent throughout time and sports.
Actually you can take "Raw 100" as a trademark as it's now the name of a Redbull serie ( at least on yt) and it's marketed as " that's simply raw, high-quality footage — no slow-mo, no music, no B.S."

Maybe something closer to your definition would be the Brannigan's Shredit, which was sick. But remove the music and the vibe wouldn't be the same. It would feel quite empty actually.

Even in films, when a scene is qualified as "very raw", it's processed, edited, sound engineered, color graded etc... it's just done so that you "feel it's not".
  • + 1
 @polarproton: exactly... Everything is editied and post processed. It is an essential part of production and creativity.
  • - 1
 @kmoter: You should cut your loses and stop talking now. You are obviously no expert on the subject matter under discussion. Tiss better to stay quiet and let people think you’re a fool, than open your mouth and keep proving it.
  • + 1
 @polarproton: I really appreciate a succint artist's statement explaining your creative decisions. I'm also glad that we agree on some points.
  • + 1
 Never get into an argument with someone about whether something strictly meets its definition. They are arguing with you because they like to argue with people.
  • + 18
 The new filming tech is insane. Was this drone? Gimbal? Richie is slaying!
  • + 3
 Amazing. The beginning of the video was captivating big time.
  • + 1
 FPV drone -- check it out, there have been a couple of other videos using a similar style and some snowboard videos as well
  • + 1
 FPV drone
  • + 1
 I think they also make custom sound effects, like making the sound of the hub in a studio and then edit it into the video, because I doubt that drone would be able to pick up that kind of sound when its flying
  • + 9
 @CANADIANDH36: a lot (nearly all) of the audio is captured by a dedicated audio technition who records the riding at specific spots for each shot and then syncs it up in post. Sound is not record by the cameras doing the shooting so that it can be isolated. It is not all just faked and recreated in a studio.
  • + 3
 hmmm, wonder how a gimball on a trail dog would look
  • + 1
 @ismasan: actually could be amazing
  • + 18
 Wonder if Rude will ever retire to DH?
  • + 7
 Yeti either needs to make a DH bike or needs to stop riding Yeti's for that to happen
  • + 1
 I remember Rude competed in the Aussie cup couple of years ago after slapping a fox40 on his sb6c. Wouldn't be enough to race WC stuff though.
  • + 4
 Maes vs Rude battle for DH world cup 2020!
  • + 1
 @rhinoman4: YETIs base market for enduro bikes far outweighs potential market for a DH bike .. Im afraid this drives the actual Yeti rationale regarding their portfolio of bikes...
  • + 1
 He started with DH before enduro during the NORBA days back in 2009. I remember him from the local circuit up here in the North East, especially Plattekill Mountain in NY. He was a amazing DH racer for his age, was usually always in the top 5, but I think he had a crack at JR World Cups in 2012 and did not do so well, although I think he won or came in 2nd for the 2012 WC JR Championships? Seems like a lot of the top enduro guys came from racing DH first.
  • + 16
 What does "raw" even mean anymore
  • + 33
 Raw means boosted audio levels.
  • + 11
 @igxqrrl: post audio processing
  • + 29
 Reach Around Wank?
  • - 5
flag MrEtnie (Sep 14, 2018 at 12:07) (Below Threshold)
 It means FUCKING overproduced!
  • - 3
 Yeah for real. That was rad riding but it lacked the punchiness of the semenuk stuff. Plus the audio was wack. you gotta have some nature and ambient sound.
  • + 9
 @zmums: no offense but Rude isn't known for stomping lines with steez like Semenuk. He's mainly known for just stomping whatever is in front of him faster than anyone else.
  • + 5
 @gooutsidetoday: that's what I liked about this. It showed that in Enduro, you've gotta maintain speed and stay smooth but it isn't about big air or huge lines.
  • + 2
 @gooutsidetoday: Lol... "Rude isn't known for stomping lines with steez like Semenuk" He's known for just straight up freakin STOMPING LINES! And the occasional tree...
  • + 11
 Awesome photos! I would love to see behind the seens of how the trail footage was shot.
  • + 3
 The chase footage is all done with FPV race drones.
  • + 7
 All drone footage shot by this guy... Was super impressed watching him work.

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  • + 1
 @Dudeclimbsrocks: some of the best I've seen, for sure
  • + 1
 So I'm curious: do they pilot and film with two people? Or does the pilot fly the drone and use the headset to point the camera?
  • + 1
 @PHeller: racing drones can't move their cameras around in flight the way some drones can. It's usually pointing in the direction the drone is facing. The goggles are just providing a live FPV view of that camera so the pilot knows where the drone is headed. There is no visual line of sight with these drones as you're expected to have with the bigger ones
  • + 1
 @Crooks: so are they flying sideways to get those "from the side" shots, or do they use something like Rylo or GoPro 360?
  • + 1
 @PHeller: the camera is in a fixed position. Sometimes in the front of the drone sometimes facing the back. The pilot See's what the drone sees (facing forward) and not what the camera sees. So much of the timing, especially when the camera is facing back and the rider is chasing is done by "feel" and ituitiin as to how fast he needs to be flying to stay just ahead. It's definitely a talent and watching him work it was impressive to see how well he could nail a shot on one or two takes after. A little collaboration with the rider to be sure they were on the same page and boom.
  • + 2
 @davetrumpore: wishing EWS hire the drone pilot for their race coverage. they have budget for heli-cam, this could be a cheaper and yet more intimate coverage.
  • + 1
 @Zuman: explain to me how adding another person to the media team, paying their day rate, and travel expenses to each round round from the USA would be cheaper? I agree it could enhance the coverage with a few select clips, but it certainly isn't capable replacing what's already there, and definitely wouldn't cut costs.
  • + 1
 @davetrumpore: substitute the heli cam with the drone cam,
  • + 1
 @Zuman: you'd still have to add another person ;-) and the expense.
  • + 11
 Clearly not running the new Scylence hub then... Rad video, would have loved a bit more Porsche action though.
  • + 2
 pretty sure he is on dt swiss. though dt's aint that loud either
  • + 1
 @adrennan: maybe it's amplified via an onboard mic
  • + 7
 You know the sport has gone mainstream when the dirtbag Taco gives way to Porsche.
  • + 2
 I mean...it is Yeti after all bro. Would you expect anything less? What I did notice was an actual WATERBOOOOOTTTLE shown in there Wink lol
  • + 4
 "He don't own that car..." De La Soul
  • + 3
 Taco prices are a lot higher than that old Porsche.
  • + 11
 @dtimms: have you seen prices on 964s?
  • + 2
 @michaelasnider: I see some on ebay lower than a new Tacoma. Have you seen the prices of Tacoma's or any new Toyota truck?
  • + 9
 964 > Tacoma shuttle rig. I love Tacomas but lets be honest...
  • + 1
 @dtimms: sure have... That's why I went jku.. But even those are getting ridic now.
  • + 2
 RR’s riding is so rad. He’s got such a cool combo of power and smoothness that comes through in this vid. Love the P car shuttle too.

Insane footage! How far we’ve come from the early days when any video clip at all of riding was a treat.
  • + 5
 Richie is so fast that I didn't even noticed the abomination YETI had created at the bottom bracket area ))
  • + 2
 I love these types of shots especially the 'drone crashes into bush/ground transitions. But it seems the audio syncing suffered because of the use of drones. Just seemed off.
  • + 2
 I have a signature trail too, but it's like kinda short so I could probably only do a raw 50. And if you take out the time in between features were probably looking closer a raw 25. Still fun though!
  • + 4
 Wow that first shot is incredible! That drone pilot is the Richie Rude of drone pilots!
  • + 4
 Is it mandatory to shoulder barge a tree on this trail? Asking for a friend.
  • + 6
 That’s how he made the trail... one shoulder barge at a time...
  • + 1
 This video is ruined by the fake sound. Nothing cool about hub noise when it doesn't match what's happening in the video. At least it wasn't slow mo.
  • + 3
 more pics of the 964 please. Actually, just shoot a whole video of it.
  • + 0
 Wait, is that a Singer Porsche? Isn't the color on the tach a signature Singer move? headlights don't look like Singers headlights though. @yeticycles
  • + 2
 Heading to Burke mountain on the 27th, going to have to shuttle this for sure.
  • + 2
 Me tooo!!!!
  • + 1
 Messsge me and I can get one of my buddies to shuttle us. @rkstar:
  • + 3
 Make sure to hit Upper and Lower J-Bar..... And all of Victory Hill. ....And if you like 2mi long downhill PUMP TRACKS, hit Black Bear at East Haven.
  • + 3
 I’ve done them all, on the map it looks like rude awakening might be what they used to call DH trail, anyone have info on that? Enduro j bar or summit J-Bar are certainly a blast. I did victory 2 years ago and I guess it’s grown and improved since so it Might be time for a trip back. @Dudeclimbsrocks:
  • + 1
 Oh yeah east haven. We may hit that Friday or sat. Worth the trip? @Dudeclimbsrocks:
  • + 2
 @rescuetool: You are correct. The trail in the video is the DH trail.
  • + 1
 I’ll be there the 28th/29th as well, definitely wanna hit East Haven on Saturday.
  • + 1
 Great thanks. How does it compare to J-Bar? Is it as steep rocky and technical? @godzilla78:
  • + 1
 @rescuetool: It's a reworked, repaired, improved DH Trail so you'll find it in the same spot. Faster, less jaunty and eroded and way more fun and flow than the old version.
  • + 1
 Sweet thanks for the intel@davetrumpore:
  • + 1
 I was there just a month or so ago and it was still DH trail and a variation to it call Freeride or something. It would be cool to have a couple more options off the top. Especially that make it all the way to the tiki bar!@rescuetool:
  • + 3
 Trail follow cams were sick
  • + 1
 Congratulations! That was awesome.
I like the sounds and the cinematography it’s like a national rhythm of the mountain. Sounds dope!
  • + 2
 I didn't know Rude was from Vermont!
  • + 1
 He's not. He's from Redding, CT but the NE is his home turf.
  • + 1
 Whats more affordable the Yeti or the Porsche? I've got a major man crush on Rude, I love you Richie!!!!
  • + 1
 Like watching a bird trapped in a cage - get the guy back on a dh bike - skills are just overflowing on the Enduro !
  • + 1
 I hope this trail name is an homage to Ravishing Rick Rude's finishing move #respectthebiz
  • + 2
 Amazing. Edit! Seriously.
  • + 1
 I think this ist the better Richie Rude video:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=OU137N1hvAY
  • + 2
 Two of my favorite weapons: a Yeti and a Porsche. I own one, at least.
  • + 1
 One of the best vids I've seen in a while. More drone footage pleeeeeease!
  • + 1
 mint filming....pure class. Size of Richies calf on the pic! by ek
  • + 1
 Fast AF! Awesome short clip
  • + 1
 It’s a separate fee, if it’s not worth it, don’t go!
  • + 1
 The audio ruined it. I guess raw has a new meaning?
  • + 1
 Is that the SB150 he is rocking?
  • + 1
 @davetrumpore: should be interesting to see Richie race on a bike so radically different than his sb6.
  • + 1
 @Svinyard: He's been on an sb5.5 all year other than the EWS in Whistler, and Has been on the new sb150 since the Continental Series round in Northstar towards the end of August. So likely not a huge adjustment as he has been on a 29'er all season, but the new bike is for sure a different animal.
  • + 1
 @davetrumpore: ah gotcha. Good to know. Wonder what is thinking of the big bike? He isn't a huge dude
  • + 2
 @Svinyard: seems to be loving it. He's the same height as me (average) at 5'10-5'11 and was on a medium for this shoot.
  • + 2
 @davetrumpore: Thanks Dave, you the man
  • + 1
 richie riding without a bloody shin. Didn't think that was possible.
  • + 1
 Yeti only shuttles on Porches
  • + 1
 I thought the audio sounded pretty good.
  • + 1
 Fake ass audio
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