Sequence Saturday - 73

Jul 19, 2013 at 8:57
by Scott Secco  
bigquotesIt felt like a military operation was going down that morning in Queenstown, New Zealand. Cinematographer Darcy Wittenburg and I were prepping our gear in an A-star helicopter that was being flown by the legendary pilot Alfie, and it was well before dawn. Rene Wildhaber and Andrew Shandro had left before us on a morning ride and the goal in mind was to catch these two at the pass of Coronet Peak at sunrise and do some overhead reveals of how stunning the terrain and backdrops are in this area. It is quite surreal to be flying in a heli with the doors off and feet dangling out, anxiously awaiting visuals of the riders in position and seeing the sun crest over the distant peaks. When all these variables line up, and you see the NotBad grimaces on Darcy's face - mission accomplished! If you like the climbing looks of this sequence, wait till you see the descending in the trail segment of NotBad... - Sterling Lorence
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132 Comments

  • + 55
 That's the best way to see the sunrise in the morning, on the seat of your biking cruising down an awesome trail, in the middle of nowhere. Sick sequence.
  • + 17
 Bike*
  • + 16
 I wonder if they been that high on a Mountain before!
  • - 11
flag guigui333 (Jul 20, 2013 at 8:09) (Below Threshold)
 for once i can say : it's an awesome sequence...... (been a while though)
  • + 5
 They see me rolling they hatting
  • + 7
 shot 3, the trail looks so good at the right!!
  • + 2
 i think they just made a new song, the trail to heaven
  • + 33
 “Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance, and respect all the creatures from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope.” - Mufasa
  • + 14
 Lion King quotes trump any comment!
  • - 6
flag BarryMooresFist (Jul 20, 2013 at 5:16) (Below Threshold)
 In the voice of Darth Vader without the asthma!
  • + 5
 "Everyhing the light touches is our kingdom(or bike trail in this case)"
  • + 2
 you hear that bc parks? I get to build on your land cuz the sun touched it Smile
  • + 20
 On an ordinary morning in New Zealand...
  • + 15
 And as Sourons great eye ever searches for the cassette of power, Frodo and Sam pedal for dear life on the bikes forged by the skill of the Elves trying to get the precious to Mount Doom for the good of middle earth and the start of the Man Flesh Dowhhill.
  • + 18
 Little did Zeppelin know, the stairway to heaven is a rollercoaster of golden hills
  • + 15
 Reminds me of a scene in Lord of the Rings when Legolas and Aragorn chase the Orks down the hill, only this time there are bikes instead of horses and a beautiful sunshine instead Sauron's eye... NotBad.
  • + 1
 haha I like it! I totally agree Smile
  • + 10
 Plane ticket to New Zealand: $2000.00

Extra carry-on weight: $300.00

Tim Hortons coffee: $1.35
+ bagel w/ butter (dbl toasted) $1.40

Helicopter rental: $6500.00
+ cool pilot: $1500.00



Making Pinkbikes 'Sequence Saturdays': Priceless
  • + 2
 New Zealand doesn't have Tim Hortons Frown When I lived in Ca I went there soo much
  • + 11
 little known fact, New Jersey was the original location for this project but was scrapped in favor of New Zealand, the jury is still out on whether this was a good choice.
  • + 3
 Reminds me the only condition I can imagine to be better than a human on a mountain bike would be a bird in the sky !

The other day I was riding down in a "tunnel" shaped into trees when a bird of prey took of and just appeared through the trees flying (pretty impressive) a meter away in front of me down this "tunnel", than he just went up as I had to stay on the ground...
  • + 7
 hmm. i knew i should have taken that left at Albuquerque..
  • + 7
 For a heli sequence... Not bad.
  • - 6
flag donpinpon29 (Jul 20, 2013 at 9:24) (Below Threshold)
 Not good either...
  • + 3
 Ahhh Queenstown new Zealand I'm so glad I was born in new Zealand theirs no other place in the world that can live up to us their maybe a place with better trails but no place with the people and nature\scenery that we haveSmile
  • + 6
 This is what the gates to my heaven looks like
  • + 2
 Great sun, wheel of fire, hear me as I honor you on this, the shortest day of the year. Summer has gone, passed us by, the fields are dead and cold, all of earth sleeps in your absence. Even in the darkest times, you light the way for those who would need a beacon, of hope, of brightness, shining in the night.
  • + 1
 "Let there be light..."

That first blinding, piercing ray of sunlight as you rise over a ridge is always the most powerful. At that moment, you know so many things. You know you're strong enough, capable enough, brave enough. You know the road ahead is gravy now, as though you've pulled the sun above the horizon with every pedal stroke. There's a sense of more than relief -- it's pure joy as the world around you comes alight. Many a morning have I been up before the sun, only to feel it gradually warm as the world awakens... There's a recognition in the early sunlight, as though the soul has earned the joy of basking.
  • + 1
 What I just realized is that picture sequences just does not work for mountain biking. You can give a man a single picture and leave everything to his imagination or you can give him a great motion picture segment to put a smile on his face. But something in between like this sequences just does not work for me. I don't get myself inspired with this sequence no matter if it's shot in the most amazing place at the most amazing time.
  • + 1
 I agree dude , I find these sequences to be awkward and unemotional for me , I would rather have regular slow motion footage or just an over layed sequence shot.
  • + 3
 I was waiting for 10 or more photos in this sequence!!! It stopped halfway!
  • + 1
 Touching the sublime! Peaking the crest of the hill just as the sun is setting over the horizon at that exact moment... A perfect glimps into that feeling of merging with your surroundings you can sometimes get while mountain biking!
  • + 1
 So proud to be a mountainbiker, not football player or rollerskater!!! I love mountains and see the landscape in the middle of nowhere, with the best friends around me. So what is more, this is a really really good feeling, in addition I feel free during bike riding. that's the cult!
  • + 1
 -I can't do this, Sam. -I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. But we are. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were.
  • + 2
 Next weeks episode of COPS: Two ecaped prisoners try to flee over the mexican border on their mountainbikes ....... Bad Boys Bad Boys watcha gonna do ....
  • + 4
 This really shows that I'm poor.
  • + 2
 As the sun breaks above the ground, A young man stands on the hill, As the ground warms to the first rays of light, A metal bird's song shatters the still...
  • + 1
 Seeing footage like this makes me want to ride the world! There are so many stunning sunsets to ride against and cliffs to ride along. RIding my bike makes me feel free, like a bird. I love my bike and I love our planet!
  • + 0
 Every aspiring rider trains hard, determined to conquer, until a sudden crash jerks him astray. Hitting the dust jerks tears, abruptly stifled at the call to man up, climb up, beat dusk. Eyes shut, ride after ride, as determined exhales dream up grander and more perilous trails. One day that dusk becomes the dawn peering over the peak ahead. And in that moment stifled tears may flow as the singletrack flows, tears of gratification wicked away by the hustle of the oncoming wind and the beating of the helicopter like a comrade in awe overhead. This sequence captures that journey impeccably - that mountain biking rewards with humility.
  • + 1
 There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.
  • + 1
 Truly beautiful sequence that captures what mountain biking is all about. Escaping the every day stresses of the world to relax with friends and witness the beauty of nature.
  • + 1
 I have seen many animals herded by helicopter, but doing the guided tours while herding the bikers from a helicopter.. that's a new one
  • + 1
 You know what this makes me think? Why in the world am I in my house looking at this sequence and not riding my bike down a mountain? Goodbye and thank you
  • + 1
 This is the perfect way to show what mountain biking is. It doesn't have to be big jumps or drops it can just be a ride with a buddy and a good view.
  • + 4
 BACON !!!
  • + 2
 Thats fake!!! Whenever my Buddy follows me around in his chopper...he almost always gives me The Finger.
  • + 4
 Which way to Rampage ?
  • + 3
 This is more redbull tranquility than redbull rampage Smile
  • + 3
 Many switchbacks by headlamp is morning light earned
  • + 4
 It's so epic...
  • + 3
 I can just hear angels singing in this. heaven
  • + 4
 This is why we ride.
  • + 1
 Bird's high view.
"I'll tell you this —
No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn."
-jim morrison
  • + 2
 First sequence saturday that i really like
  • + 1
 hey, can you guys toss us a beer? we've been climbing in the dark for hours!
  • + 1
 This just in: Operation condor launched in hopes to track down two high profile shredders.
  • + 1
 With such precise piloting it would be easy to chop off the heads of riders. Scary to ride...
  • + 2
 Grandma got an upgrade for coming round the mountain!
  • + 1
 she got ran over by a Wildhaber!
  • + 1
 I love the smell of loam and jet fuel in the morning. It smells like victory.
  • + 1
 "I came here looking for the perfect sunrise, but the perfect sunrise instead had found me."
  • + 1
 Shandro taught me how to backflip in whistler!
www.pinkbike.com/video/322119
  • + 1
 I will say just one word - EPIC! -because there˙s really nothing more to say to descrie it better
  • + 1
 Truly astonishing. That is an amazingly original sequence. Never thought I would see one like this, but here it is.
  • + 1
 All I see is a sequence that refuses to let me win a bag,wheres the chance to make a witty comment in that??
  • + 1
 Kind of reminds me of The Lord of the rings. "The Fellowship of the Enduro!" One cannot simply ride into Mordor!
  • + 1
 And on the sixth day God created the mountain bike and said " go forth into the land and shred" !
  • + 3
 Unique
  • + 3
 #notbad
  • + 1
 The mountains will always be there, the trick is to make sure that you are there too. -Harvey Voge
  • + 1
 Look to my coming on the first light of the fifth day, at dawn look to the east, you'll see me shredding the gnar
  • + 1
 The moment when you make it to the top of a mountain,look in the distance and think ?#$!* there's another hill
  • + 1
 Great sequence but don't need an Easter egg....so all I can say is "NOT BAD"
  • + 1
 Hopefully, at least once....we have all felt like we're on top of the world when riding our bikes.
  • + 1
 This is why I am proud to be a Kiwi
  • + 1
 Not Bad! And also I Need a backpack this semester
  • + 1
 been there: didn't do that: need to go back!
  • + 1
 Zero MTB thirty..............
  • + 1
 Hmmm... I don't remember that scene from lord of the rings..
  • + 1
 Pinkbike make me dream ! I just want to be there right now !
  • + 1
 Should've done without the sequence and just did a photo. possible POD.
  • + 1
 Damn, I want a helicopter.
  • + 1
 Not again, Red Bull media player lagging out. Oh wait...
  • + 1
 because of this moments; i love mountain biking
  • + 1
 "Ricky, is that the cops following us right now in that hellicocksucker?"
  • + 1
 The soundtrack should be "Blinded by the Light" !!
  • + 0
 Not sure if really a photo sequence or just my crapy internet that makes the video buffer..
  • + 1
 Totally captured being in the moment of mountain biking's magical motion.
  • + 2
 just remember Icarus!
  • + 1
 You can almost here the lord of the rings theme music...
  • + 1
 Sun, we show you the way to the valley
  • + 1
 It's like what they say, keep the mountain to mountain biking! Sick!
  • + 1
 I doubt there'd be any "What if" moments after that ride.
  • + 1
 This is how i imagine road to heaven looks like
  • + 1
 Strip clubs- the only other place you can get a good view.
  • + 1
 Those shots are insane! Cant wait to see the film!
  • + 1
 'I think the way home is this way!'
  • + 1
 i wish this was how i saw the sun come up this morning.
  • + 1
 Mountains, mountains everywhere.
  • + 1
 Most boring sequence Saturday of the year!
  • + 1
 Proof that life is, and can be nothing short of amazing!
  • + 1
 God's Divine Nature revealed.
  • + 1
 they are in queenstown but must fell like the king of the world
  • + 1
 The price was paid and now the fun is about to start.
  • + 1
 Mountain Biking meets Lord Of the Rings.
  • + 1
 Mmmmmm, Crunchy Nut Cornflakes
  • + 1
 There is nothing to comment here.
  • + 0
 This has sparked some really deep and meaningful thoughts within :o
  • + 1
 heading for the sun!!!
  • + 1
 MTB Saint
  • + 1
 #MountainbikeSWAGGER
  • + 1
 Oh how exciting! :/
  • + 1
 #notbad
  • + 1
 Get to the chopper!!
  • + 1
 Perfect.
  • + 1
 SCENIC!
  • + 1
 Get to tha chopppa
  • + 1
 Target acquired
  • + 1
 not bad
  • - 1
 We as humans, are more alive when we chase that golden light. The light that gives us life.
  • - 1
 And as the sun rose, Mufasa said, "Everything the light touches shall be yours one day."
  • - 3
 #mariokart
  • - 3
 Justin Biebers Gay!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 well I'm sure you're excited to hear that
  • - 3
 When did sequence Saturday turn into movie clip Saturday?
  • - 2
 One does not simply explain beauty
  • - 2
 A beautiful scene ruined by a jerky , jumpy sequence
  • + 1
 helocopter =/= stable
  • + 1
 It's almost like its a range of stills extracted from a film segment
  • + 1
 blink really fast and it IS a video!
  • + 1
 Seriously though am I the only one who has an issue with these sequences being more like film clips than actual sequences of something crazy and special
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