Video: Huge Sends & Unfastened Using in Bryce Bike Park
Within the midst of winter with snow sports activities content material dominating the web, it is all the time refreshing to take a glimpse again on the heat summer season months. Sam Theurer (Synaptic) and I teamed up with riders Ronnie Vance and Elliott Banks to shoot for a complete of 10 days at Bryce Bike Park all through the 2020 season. Sam and I turned conversant in the bike park in 2013 when Bryce first broke floor on its now intensive downhill path community. We produced a number of edits, together with Fall Finale in 2014, and have lengthy dreamed of doing a follow-up video. The addition of two new trails at Bryce final March made for an ideal alternative to take a brand new strategy with totally different riders and up the artistic worth.
The 2 of us have barely totally different views in relation to capturing so we got here up with a unfastened plan and began loading up on footage. After quite a few weeks of coordinating shoots we had collected a wholesome inventory of footage. Sam’s modifying prowess got here in helpful once we went to assessment every thing we had captured. He was capable of reel all of it in to provide one thing that captures the quirky personalities and unbelievable driving kinds of Ronnie and Elliott. That is to not say we did not encounter any snares in manufacturing. From damaged bike components to a malfunctioning cable cam rig the mishaps appeared to be mounting towards us at instances. Whatever the setbacks, all of us managed to persevere by way of the warmth of the summer season, unpredictable storms, and the overarching confusion of 2020. Working with these guys proved to be a really perfect escape into the mountains away from the negativity that appeared to be boiling up throughout. A breath of “Recent Air” you can say…
Who’re the riders?
Ronnie is a boisterous character who has been a frequent at Bryce through the years. Most individuals who journey the bike park know Ronnie on some stage whether or not it is from gawking at him from the carry or trying to comply with his impossibly quick traces. The uncooked energy he brings to mountain biking can simply be defined by his intensive motocross background. From the age of three, Ronnie excelled with a throttle in his grip till a nasty damage sidelined him at 21. He was compelled to step away from his motocross racing desires and used the chance to pursue a graphic design diploma. Determined to get again in form, he resorted to mountain biking. Paradoxically, it enabled him to rediscover racing as he now does so professionally within the Southeast downhill and enduro circuits. He at present balances racing with a full time job as a Graphic Designer and fatherhood, which forces a busy life-style. Impressively, he continues to progress on his bike and function a mentor for up and coming athletes.
Elliott, a barely extra reserved particular person, brings a a lot totally different strategy to driving. He balances Ronnie’s large open model with impeccable imaginative and prescient and creativity. Elliott’s roots are embedded BMX racing from his youth. Via BMX, he developed a stage of consolation on the bike that could be very evident in his driving right this moment. His thrills aren’t derived from racing as a lot anymore however he’s progressing greater than ever. Veering away from the pavement has allowed him to find an limitless playground within the forest, an escape from the stressors of life and a psychological reset button. He has discovered the mountain bike to be a extra releasing methodology of having fun with two wheels. The talents he developed as an adolescent have served as a really perfect basis for his transition to mountain biking. After we first began capturing with Elliott, there have been many instances I misplaced him out of body, greatly surprised by how excessive he was capable of loft himself within the air. And although quiet on the floor, there’s a burning hearth of dedication beneath and it is evident when he makes an attempt one thing for the primary time. It will not be the final till he will get it. Many different riders on the park have picked up on his potential and Elliott has develop into a supply of information and inspiration for the groms at Bryce.
Be looking out for extra from these two in 2021!