Friday, February 3, 2017

A Bike Named Baxter

Routt 45 Derby Gravel Bike

At long last, a post. About a bike. Imagine that.

But not just any bike.

Let's first go back a bit. To a time when road bikes were road bikes, axles were 9mm, and brakes were rubber pads on a 622mm disc that also held the tire. (get it) These basic standards, QRs and rim brakes of one type or another, held true throughout decades of road riding. Combine that with the lasting strength and style of metal road bikes, which I've always had a penchant for and which Vecchio's specializes in, and you've got a genre of bike with a seriously long lifespan.

From the point of a bike shop, it was a sword with two edges. On one hand you have a product you can really stand behind. Buy a Moots now and I can promise you you'll still love it and ride it in 10 years. It's just that kind of bike. But on the other hand, once you've sold all your potential customers their Moots or Waterford, they're not going to be coming back for an upgrade very soon.

Even as drivetrains evolved, gaining sprockets, adding or shedding chainrings, moving derailleurs with the buzz buzz of electrical servos, you could still keep using your trusty old frame.

But then, somehow, at some point, riding a road bike on gravel and dirt roads became "a thing." Which basically meant that something which many of us had been doing for years, suddenly became a thing that bike companies started developing super cool new products for, fusing the most applicable elements of road, cross and mountain bikes.

And then, as a result of all this, we had a technological evolution in 'road' bikes. Most road bikes could barely squeeze a 28c tire, much less the 34c and above tires that this evolving breed of bikes rides best with. Combine this with the introduction of disc brakes coming over from mountain biking, and it was time to change the frame. Bike shops like Vecchio's had a whole new genre of road bike to build.

And I had a whole new kind of bike to covet.

I've been riding a titanium Kent Eriksen road bike with 28c tires, and an Ibis Hakkalugi with *ghasp rim brakes and 36c tires for the past 8 years. I also have both hardtail and full suspension mountain bike. You could say the spectrum is well covered. So this year when Moots wanted to build a frame for me, I felt like a had a pretty good baseline for making a decision on which model to go for.

I wanted something that would sort of replace the Hakkalugi (so that it could go live at my dad's house for when I visit him) but that would fit bigger rubber. The Hak is great but with 36s I'm within millimeters of rubbing on the chain stays. Since taking part in the second annual Grinduro in Northern California last year I was convinced I wanted something that could fit 40s, maybe bigger.

Which meant the obvious choice was the Routt 45 gravel bike, a version of the Routt with 450mm chain stays to fit up to around 45c tires. I just helped one of my very best friends build exactly that bike. Could run SRAM or Shimano compact road drivetrain with hydro brakes. Or even Campy with mechanical brakes and wait for their hydros. Cool wheels. Perfect. Easy choice.

Except it wasn't because last fall Moots introduced the Baxter, a bike that basically took the Routt 45 and used mountain bike drivetrain spacing to buy more rear wheel clearance while maintaining geometry roughly similar to that of the Routt 45. The drawback being that those wide stays and bottom bracket limit front chainring size to about 38, and you have to pick from a limited array of solutions to pair road shifters to mountain derailleurs.

Moots accomplishes this in their stock build through the electronic trickery of Di2. Shimano mechanical won't talk across disciplines, but the electric stuff will so they pair an XT 2x 38/26 front crankset with an 11speed Shimano cassette and mountain derailleur. While I appreciate the coolness of that setup, I wasn't looking for a bike to crawl up hills loaded with panniers going 5mph, I wanted something racy that fit huge tires, so I wasn't too interested in the 26 tooth small front chainring. I was most concerned about bigger gears, not smaller.

That led me toward SRAM and their Force 1x setups that I've seen quite a few friends running. Combining a 40 tooth front ring on a mountain crank with a 10-42 mountain cassette would still give me a gear that is significantly easier than what I have now on the Ibis (34-28) while keeping a top end that was at least in touch with a road bike's 50-12.

That math done, and considering I'll still have a dedicated skinny tire road bike for the really fast group rides, I pulled the trigger and decided to go all in on the Baxter. If the decision had been to choose one drop bar bike to do all things, I think I would have gone for the Routt 45 and it's faster gear range. B
ut with two bikes I couldn't resist the idea of a 'road' bike I could put 2.2 mountain tires and ride the White Rim in a day on, for example.

So that was the idea at least, and here's the result. To say I'm excited would be the understatement of the century.

titanium handmade

Moots Baxter XL (60cm TT)
Enve mtn fork custom blacked out by spectrum with gloss black Vecchio’s logos on lower legs. 
Derby 29er mtn rims, 30mm internal width, laced to DT 350s, tied and soldered. 
Triple ti king cages media blasted to match.
Thomson post and stem.
Salsa Cowbell 3 bar. 
King Headset. 
SRAM Force 1 and 22 1x shift brake levers.
SRAM Force hydro r brakes. 
SRAM XO-1 mtn crankset with 40t direct mount blackbox chainring.
SRAM Force long cage derailleur with 10-42 XO-1 mtn cassette.
Compass Snoqualmie Pass 44c tubeless tires. 

The hybrid road/mtn drivetrain, super curious to see how annoyed I get at the big gaps this cassette will create, or if I just end up loving it. 

Can't quite believe how good I think this looks. Being an XL kinda frame guy, I've always had road bikes with these donged out super tall steerer tubes. Part of my decision making process with the Baxter was that I knew it runs the Enve mountain fork, which is 100mm suspension corrected, meaning it is TALL, but at my size that front end height isn't an issue at all. Just means I get to have a normal looking medium length headtube for the first time. These are the kind of things you nerd out about if you're me. 

Finally, a proportional road bike for me.

Mini integrated fender from Enve. So silly you can't not put it on.

My good friends at Spectrum Paint and Powder works here in Boulder did a custom blackout job on the fork. I love how getting rid of the white logos and gloss stripes makes it look much more elegant than stock, and a much better match for the gloss black logos on the bike. We added gloss on matte Vecchio's logos to really set it off.

Trying out the Salsa Cowbell 3s on this bike. Moots specs the Cowchipper bar that has way more flair to it. I wanted something kinda classic but with a little flair. Will be interested to try them. The natural flair of the Sram levers kind of accentuates the look.
Gravel Bike

Friday, January 2, 2015

Top 10 Rides of 2014

It's a new year and that usually means that everyone makes all sorts of best-of lists. I like these. It's fun to look back at cool stuff from the past year, and maybe let some of them inspire the year to come. For me, 2014 was easily the best year of riding I've ever had.

For a variety of reasons I went into last January feeling motivated to really improve my form this year and try some big, hard rides. I had finished off 2013 with the most days ever (what had become a sort of annual goal of mine) with 254 days of riding, and doubted I could best that number, so I started the year off slow with lots of skate skiing in January, but after that it was off the races.

In the end I even managed to beat 2013. Final numbers for this year (2013 in parenthesis)
276 rides   (254)
5,630 miles / 9.060 km total distance   (4,833 / 7.778)
486,858 feet / 148,394 m climbing   (396,911 / 120.978)
457 hours total   (377)

Looking back on the year I started thinking about what rides really stood out for me, and I decided to make a 'best of' list. In this instance 'best' isn't just about the ride itself. I'm not trying to say that these rides are the 10 best roads or trails I visited this year. I think if that were the case all 10 spots would be taken up by two trips to Crested Butte and France. No, these are the 10 days, that through some awesome combination of locale, company, weather, caffein and drug influence, whatever, stand out in my mind as the most memorable rides of 2014

10. Rail Trail to the Pyrenees, July

One of my major 'goals' this year was the Rapha Gentleman's race at the end of July. It was going to be the hardest ride I'd ever done, with over 13,000 feet of climbing, and I was working hard to be ready. Of course, a trip to Northern Minnesota to spend a week chugging Summer Shandy's on the lake and eating fried food doesn't exactly lend itself to climbing form.... so I was going to have to put together some long rides through the Northern woods.

This was the best of them, and it was an absolutely mind blowing introduction to the long distance rail-trails they've been building in Minnesota. I set off from Bemidji heading south and proceeded to ride 60 miles in 3 hours on nothing but perfectly paved bike path set off on its own in the lushest woods you've ever seen. I ended the day with a 20 mile loop around Walker with Abby, Randy and Bobby on a swooping, sweeping bike path that doubles as a snowmobile trail in the winter. Apparently many of these bike trails are developed by a strong snowmobile/bike lobby partnership. That has to be one of the most unlikely alliances I could have imagined, but it leads to the development of some of the coolest bike path riding that I've ever done.

*Why 'Rail Trail to the Pyrenees' you ask? Well, ride a while in Minnesota, and you'll start referring to the leg breaking climbs around Walker as the Pyrenees too.

9. Classic CB Hero Loop, September

Great form, some of the most iconic singletrack in the world, one of my childhood 'heroes,' and beautiful weather. Can't imagine how this one turned out well.

While visiting Crested Butte this fall, during what was a leaf season for the ages, as good as I've ever seen, I got to ride 403 and 401 from town with a group of around 6 including a good buddy named Patrick. As a kid I had totally looked up to him for his mad skills on the bike and his badass product design career. 15 or so years later here I was shredding some of the best trails in world with him. And those trails. They were as good as they get, buffed in after a summer of riding, great visibility because the famous CB ground cover was laying down for winter, and vivid with the color of Aspen leaves exploding all around you. Incredible. Just in terms of trails, and beauty, this was the best mountain bike ride of the year. Of ever. There's just nothing better than CB in the fall.

8. Col de l'Arpettaz, June

Such is the road riding in the French alps that four of my top eight rides this year are from one trip I took in June to visit my dad. And this, the Col de L'Arpettaz, a ride with switchbacks so perfectly laid through the woods and up into the high tundra that they seem imagined, lined with vivid blankets of yellow flowers gently swaying in the breeze, lorded over by brilliant white limestone cliffs, is the lowest ranked of the four?! Well, we're getting into rarified air here. Any of these rides, it could be argued, are as good as it gets, and Arpettez truly is. Someday I'll go back and connect this into a bigger loop and it could be the best ride I've ever done.

The climb through the woods low down feels somehow unique and different from other rides I've done in France. Perfect switchbacks through quiet, magical woods. Then you leave those woods and emerge into the alpine tundra, blanketed in those flowers. The summit is just mind bendingly beautiful, green grass fields out of the Sound of Music, views of Mt. Blanc, and giant craggy cliffs that form the summits of mountains looking down on you.

And then there's the downhill. Let's just say that if you like sending it on a road bike, then this one is unbeatable.

7. Rooster Pass to Badger Down, June

The only other solo ride on the list. This was a day when my dad was resting up for more rides later in the week, so I set off on my own to crack off a quick loop from the house. As these things go, my route planning was a bit ambitious, so it ended up being more than 'a quick loop.' I think the thing that makes this ride so memorable for me was how amazed I was, once again, at how truly rad the riding is right out the door of my dad's house in the Chartreuse.

It was a cloudy day with occasional spitting rain when I set off over the Col de Coq and it continued to be so as I crossed three passes on tiny roads, for the most part alone with my thoughts, traffic and cities seemingly a world away. Quiet cloudy days have a way of making you feel like you're cruising along in your own little universe. However, descending the famous downhill off Col du Vence into Grenoble brought me back to reality, both the reality that there were indeed other people in the world and on the roads, and that I had a beast of climb to get back to dad's house. By the time I made it home I was shelled, but simultaneously ecstatic at the adventure I had just gone on.

*On Strava I titled this ride 'Rooster Pass to Badger Down' because the first pass I crossed is the Col du Coq, Rooster Pass, and the descent off Col du Vence into Grenoble was made (in)famous when a certain Bernard 'the Badger' Hinault took quite a spectacular crash in the yellow jersey of the Dauphine Libere. After climbing back up to the road, he remounted and won the stage atop the Bastille above Grenoble, which is where the picture accompanying this ride is from. I rode that the next day and #$%k is that hard.

6. Mike Dahl's Fucked up Epic, June

I often find that the most memorable rides are the ones that you don't really fully, properly plan. I mean, you plan them, but the route evolves, the times grow, and suddenly you're 7 hours later rooting through each other's packs in search of calories. This was that ride. Mike wanted to ride from his house in Vail to Sean's in Edwards. (That would take about 30 minutes on the bike path in the bottom of the valley.) He had ridden and knew the trails on either end. It was just a matter of connecting them through the middle part which he didn't know. Which meant embarking on one of the craziest route finding adventures on mountain bikes that I've done.

I think it's fair to say that if you asked any of us if we'd do the same route again we'd say, emphatically, fuck no. But am I glad I did it? Hell yeah. Spending a day in the woods with some of your best friends exploring the wilderness is as good as it gets, and despite a disturbing quantity of superfluous jeep road climbs and a particularly violent wreck half a mile from Edwards that saw me crack a brand new helmet, this was easily one of my favorite days of 2014.

5. The Whole Enchilada with the Whole Crew, October

It'd been a couple years, since my wedding in 2010 in fact, since I'd done the Whole Enchilada. Despite Mexican food being my favorite type of food, the shuttle logistics and trail conditions usually keep us riding lower in the desert around Moab. But late this October, after Burro Pass had already been snowed in but was rumored to be reopened, I found myself home in Moab with a crew of my favorite people to ride with. At least half the group had never done Moab's most famous shuttle, so the excitement was palpable when we verified that we could indeed ride Burro Pass. The day was everything you'd expect, epic views, spectacular, swoopy, flowy, technical trails, great company, flat tires, crashes, mechanicals, injuries and bonks. It was like an ingredient list for a kick ass day of memorable riding. The Whole Enchilada is truly a bucket list ride and sneaking it in late in the fall when it's usually covered in snow is a pretty special experience.

4. Singletrack and Fall Leaves with Mom, September

You might have noticed a theme here, memorable rides come from the perfect combination of place, and people. This was in my favorite place to ride mountain bikes with one of my three favorite people in the world. So yeah, it was pretty rad. Add in the fact that we rode straight from the front door, up Cement Creek and Walrod Gulch into a world of perfect, skinny singletracks surrounded by alpine meadows and aspen leaves that were frankly insane. Colors like I've never seen, and blue sky like only Colorado in the fall can show you.

Then, to make it more spectacular, Crested Butte, historical home to the world's best singeltrack, has been working hard building great new trails that cater to the modern, pump track schooled, punk ass enduro rider. They're fun for the rest of us too. Point Lookout trail, bringing you back down to the top of the Cave Trail, is an instant classic in the CB lexicon. But this ride, more than anything else, was memorable for the time I got to spend riding mountain bikes with... sometimes I need to say this twice to truly realize how lucky I am, riding mountain bikes with my mom.

3. Col du Solude, June

 It's hard to decide between the ride I did over the Col du Solude across from Alp D'Huez with my dad and Max, or the ride we did over the Col du Noyer a week earlier. I think that if I doubled up the Col du Solude with one of the shelf roads on Alp D'Huez or the Col de Sarrenne it might be the coolest road route I've ever done. As it is the pure scale of the Noyer loop edges it.

But, the climb up Col du Solude, starting in Bourg D'Oisans, is one of the most incredibly insane pieces of cliff hanging road building I've ever seen, and I've seen some crazy shit that the French and Italians call roads. We brought lights for this one on my dad's suggestion, and we were glad we did as these tunnels are seriously dark, and a couple of them are long, like 200 meters. At the top of this climb you reach a small village that represents the end of the road for most people. But if you keep on climbing a gravel chemin things got out-of-control spectacular. You arrive at a buff gravel traverse along a plateau a couple thousand feet above the valley floor, directly across from Alp D'Huez, and it is probably the coolest road I've ever ridden. (that, and all the other coolest roads I've ever ridden...)

Then, where the road turned back to pavement, we drank beers on a sun drenched patio in a village and roasted an unbelievably good downhill back to the car. Like I said, the only thing that could have made this ride better was if it was longer.

2. Col du Noyer, June

We drove an hour and half or so south of Grenoble, into the Southern Alps, to ride a pass that my dad had raved about called the Col du Noyer. It's a little-known pass, crossed I think only once by the Tour, but is easily one of the best I've done. The thing that really sets this ride above others was the true sense of a journey that we got on it. All day we just had this incredible sense that you were going somewhere, truly crossing the countryside by bike. Some of the vistas along the way, where my dad would point out some distant spot on the horizon where we were headed, were just epic.

The Col du Noyer itself possesses one of the most deliciously aesthetic finishing stacks of switchbacks I've ever seen. It's the perfect reward for all the work you put in low down on the slopes of the climb, when you finally emerge around a bend on the mountain side and look up to see 3 switchbacks built into the side of cliff that deliver you to the summit of the pass. 3 switchbacks that seem as if their sole mission on earth is to provide the perfect stadium for the pure climbers of a peleton to dance to glory, or for the rest of us to pretend so. This ride, this loop, is not only on my list for 2014, but my list of best rides I've ever done.

1. Rapha Gentlemen's Race, July

I'd be lying if I said I didn't feel a sense of elation and excitement that bordered on a kid on Christmas morning when I opened an email from the Rapha mothership inviting me to take part in their first ever Colorado based Gentleman's Race. I've been a fan of the brand for a while, and had gotten the chance to meet a few of the great people that work there over the past year. Rapha's commitment to documenting the culture of cycling and the adventure involved has always been my favorite part of the brand, and a fundamental part of why I can sort of sometimes justify their prices. I mean, it costs money to hire the talented photographers, videographers and writers that create all the cool stuff I enjoy reading and watching for free in the internet. Not to mention the actual designers who come up with all that great product. But enough Rapha love.

On to the ride itself. This was always going to be a doozy. Rapha promised a route that would be secret until the week of the ride itself, but that it would contain over 100 miles with 10-15,000 feet of climbing. I'd done 130 miles before in the Triple Bypass, but over much tamer climbs than I knew we'd encounter on the RGR. As the date approached, and I continued to push myself on harder and harder routes around here, more details began to leak. Up Lickskillet, a road so steep I'd never even tried it, up the Switzerland Trail, a road that is so far from being an actual road that it's called a trail. Over Twin Spruce to Gap Road, an area on the other side of Coal Creek Canyon, on the other side of Super Flag, where I'd never even been.

Then there was the question of our team. Getting 6 people on the same page in terms of fitness, attitude, nutrition, and riding skill, on the same day, is much easier said than done. It turned out that the 'gentlemen' who I ended up lucky enough to ride alongside that day are some of the finest I've ever spent time with, and I can say that with a clarity that only comes from making it through a truly challenging experience together. Spencer, Ross, Mark, Brian and Ken were all guys with that incredible combination of strength, skill, and most importantly, unerringly positive attitudes and light-hearted natures that can make truly stupidly hard moments seem fun.

Looking back on it, the team was the best part of a really great day. Everyone was just so on, so upbeat, such fantastic cyclists, that it was inspiring to be a part of it the whole time. I mean, yes, it was super hard. But, and I say this looking back with a sense of disbelief myself, it wasn't that hard. By the numbers it was the hardest thing I've ever done, but those five dudes who I rode with were so freaking awesome, making it so much fun the whole time, that the hard was blunted by the stoke.

I'll be forever in awe of the fact that between the 6 of us, among the 630 odd miles we pedaled combined, in the nearly 80,000 feet we climbed and descended, we had 1 flat tire and 0 crashes or mechanicals. And half that was on gravel. Sure, some of that is luck, but a large part is due to some bad ass bike riding by some seriously solid gentlemen. Which explains why we had exactly 0 hissy fits, arguments, bonks, or other freak outs. Just buddies having fun crushing a stupid hard route through the Rocky Mountains.

So there you go. My most memorable ride of 2014. I certainly rode more spectacular, beautiful, and exotic spots this year, as evidenced by some others on this list, but the Rapha Gentleman's Race in June brought a new sense of adventure and excitement, and glory, to the good old roads of Boulder.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The 2 Helmet Day

Springtime in the Rockies presents the amazing opportunity to double down with my two favorite activities in one day. Skiing and biking, usually thought of as sports you do in opposite seasons, are happily united if you're willing to make it happen. This year we managed the double in Moab,

The 2 Helmet Day from Mat Barlow on Vimeo.

A couple years ago Steve and I did it between Vail and Lyons.

One Day In Colorado from Mat Barlow on Vimeo.

Beautiful evening on the slickrock near Moab, UT

Sunset Canyon from Mat Barlow on Vimeo.

Looks a bit like this in Boulder today....

Fat Bikes and Gravity from Mat Barlow on Vimeo.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Ibis Hakkalugi Disc

Things have been busy in the forest lately. Here's the latest video I've been working on. The other day I got a friendly text from my buddy Scot Nicol, who had earlier in the summer been hanging with my dad in Villard de Lans, and which you can read about in the current issue of Privateer, that he was visiting Boulder. Or more specifically, he was passing through Boulder on his way to introducing the new Ibis Hakkalugi Disc at the Fort Collins USGP CX race this weekend. Well, I went mountain biking with him and a certain American winner of the Giro D'Italia on Thursday, and we hatched a plan to put together a little intro video for the new steed. We shot on Friday, I edited, and here we are. Scot officially unveiled the new machine a couple hours ago so now here's an embed for the millions of viewers of my blog.

Hakkal├╝gi Disc from Ibis Cycles on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Uncle Graham's Backyard

Editing video of singletrack sitting on the island of Manhattan... This is what Mike and I did between watching the US Pro Challenge in Crested Butte and Aspen. Not bad, not bad at all. 

Uncle Graham's Back Yard from Mat Barlow on Vimeo.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tour de Gotham

Have been wanting to post some NYC content on here. I'm here for 5 weeks exploring the city and editing projects that I shot in August. It's been an amazing experience so far and I'm sure it'll just get better as I'm here longer. Being a country mouse Colorado this whole NYC thing is a bit crazy but today I really felt like I was getting into my groove here. Took the camera along to document it all against the backdrop of some pretty intense 9/11 events going on.


50 miles today. Best route I've come up with so far.

Strava file here:

Starting out from the house. Out neighborhood is pretty cool, lots of cobbled streets.

Fancy SoHo buildings.

Big buildings downtown. I started out by heading south from our house to the Brooklyn bridge to begin my crossings of the "three bridges to hipster-ville", aka the three bridges that go between Manhatten and Brooklyn/Williamsburg.

This is the Brooklyn bridge. All the bridges are divided up into lanes for bikes or people. As you can see it actually works pretty well.

Brooklyn Bridge.

Looking back into Manhatten from the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge. It's really amazing how far into the city the bridges stretch on each end. They have to gain all this vertical before they go over the river so boats can go under them so they start 8-10 blocks into town on each side and you cross city for the first and last 30% of them.

Crazy way of life. I thought the cage pattern of the fence nicely summed up how I felt about that.

This is on the Williamsburg bridge. Less picturesque than the Brooklyn, but a better ride. The bikes get a separate deck like this and the pedestrians get a separate one on the other side. There's a train in the middle and cars below both. Pretty crazy affair.

This is mid Williamsburg, which is kinda considered the hipster capital of the world. Super bike friendly though as you can see with the big bike lane running up the street. Actually I'd say 80 or 90% of the ride today was either on bike paths of painted bike lanes.

Looking back at the Empire State building from Williamsburg. After this I crossed another big bridge, the Queensborough Bridge, back across the Harlem River into Manhatten. A few crazy blocks later and I was in Central Park.

Did two full laps of the park, at 6 miles a pieces. It's a pretty magical place. Huge, and the road through it is great riding. No cars allowed, twisty and rolling. Definitely the best riding within in the city if you want to just cruise and not worry about traffic and craziness. I hung out on a bench and watched the world go by.

The closed road through Central Park.

Heading up the Harlem River. I'm way north now, 100 something street.

Wild urban landscape.

Cool little boathouse. Getting near Columbia University at the north end of the Island.

This is in Inwood Park. It's on the very north end of the island and has this awesome twisting confusing series of paths like this one.

Bike shot at a little railroad crossing.

The Little Red Lighthouse. Wonder where they came up with that name…

This is heading back south along the Hudson River Greenway. The bike path on this side of the island is really dialed. It was nice to finish with it today because I didn't have to do any navigation. Big parts of today's ride were in places I hadn't explored before so I was having to stop and consult the map tons. I have this super cool iPhone app called BikeNYC that overlays the good bike routes on google earth so I can use that to navigate everything. Plus the gps puts a blue dot on the map where I am so it's pretty much navigating with perfect information. As a map person I absolutely love it, and can really appreciate the fundamental change it creates in exploring a new place.

Back in the apartment. I just snapped this out the window from my desk. NYC is an amazing place.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Biking Barcelona

I shot all this way back in May and never got around to compressing and uploading it. For some reason I thought of it today and decided to get it done. Nothing too ground-breaking, but a fun tour of a city that I thought was absolutely awesome. Shot with a GoPro mounted on a hilariously ghetto mountain bike rental machine. According to Strava I covered something like 40 kilometers...

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Reel 2010/11

Ok, here's one of the big things I've been working on lately. A long overdue reel, a sampling of my work behind the lens of a camera for the past couple years. I'm working on focusing my career toward cinematography and I wanted this to reflect that. I also tried very to hard to keep things tight, always a hard thing to do when you're going through two years of footage that you're somewhat attached to. So, without further delay, enjoi!

Sunday, December 18, 2011


Awesome Sky mini-documentary about the fastest man on two wheels, Mark Cavendish. Some good moments, and pretty crazy to see how calmly he talks about the Olympics with the amount of pressure he's under. Pressure from the Brit press is famously difficult for athletes to handle but Cavendish seems to have such an innate belief in his own ability that he can manage the pressure. Its pretty remarkable, and the more exposure we have to him, either through twitter or videos like this, the more I like him.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Clarkson's Cars of the Year

Jeremy Clarkson recently put out his yearly dvd (to watch the whole thing, head here. ) and the engineers in Munich will be smiling all the way to their Christmas bonuses over it. The 1M manages to top even it's astonishing third place in Evo's Car of the Year test with an over all pick of the year from the world's most influential motoring pundit. At this point I should point out that other cars in the test had badges from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Mclaren... the list goes on. He even puts it ahead of the incredible E-Type recreation that he loves so much.

Having now spent two years with the 135i I can't say as I'm surprised with the 1M's success, it really is an incredible little car. Both a composed tourer when you want it and a rowdy hooligan with the footprint of a hot hatch, it's about as much fun a car as I've ever driven. Turn that up to 11 and it couldn't be anything other than awesome.

That 535 is pretty damn awesome as well, but seeing as I live in the mountains of CheapGasistan I'll stick with a pickup for hauling duties for now...

Friday, November 18, 2011

La Grave

I've only skied La Grave once, but that's all it takes for the place to burn a spot in your memory. This video does a good job of showing why.