Tuesday, June 23, 2009

This week's video: Crested Butte!

Was pretty bummed to miss out on the big wedding celebration going on over in the Wasatch but I made the best of things and still had a good escape to Crested Butte, especially since one Mike Dahl was there to throw down the singletrack miles with Uncle Graham and I. The first afternoon we were there Duke took us on an incredible tour of the Waterfall Creek Cutoff and Fenceline trails in Cement Creek valley. I lugged the SLR along for that ride and shot some video for a 2009 flyingcracker.com trail movie that I've embedded below. Here's the last one we did.

We spent the second day riding near town, hitting up Strand singletrack, Strand Bonus and Snodgrass. Day three saw us tackle the biggest ride of the trip, Doctor's Park. This trail seems to be picking up popularity, although we saw a grand total of 2 people on our ride, bringing our total trip tally to about 9 other people encountered in over 50 miles of singletrack insanity.

But back to Doctor's Park. It's incredible. Starting things out is a 9 mile slog up a gravel road. Then you fjord a swollen alpine river and start the real climbing, three miles of brutal, granny gear jeep road to the top of the world. What comes next is possibly my favorite downhill anywhere. Monarch Crest, the Whole Enchilada, even neighboring Bear Creek, all pale in comparison. For me, Doctor's Park is like a singletrack fantasy level in some mtb video game that doesn't exist yet, its just too incredible to be real. But it is, and its the perfect combination of freeride technical sections, insanely fast smooth sections, narrow trail, amazing views and endless aspens. Next time back I'll have to take the camera. In the meantime, here's this week's video:

Flyingcracker 2009 from Mat Barlow on Vimeo.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


I put together these two short vids as a teaser for a project I'll hopefully be doing next with the Bitter Bar in Boulder, Colorado. Enjoy:

Monday, June 15, 2009

MINI love fiesta / Happy 50th Birthday

This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the world's most recognizable cars, the Mini. Few would argue that Alec Issogonis' innovative design had a profound effect on how cars were built from then on. Of course, I like them even more than most considering I've got one, so I thought this video was really cool.

Happy Birthday Mini

and here was my take two years ago when I bought mine.

Riding YTD - 6 Months in

Thanks to the new(ish) Ascent program for Garmin + Mac I've become a total stats geak about the riding I'm doing this year. That and the fact that being a self-employed film-maker, I get to ride a lot. So here goes, the rediculousness, as of another sweet couple days mountain biking in Ned this weekend.

100 rides
2012 miles
216,382 feet climbing

Awww yeah.

Friday, June 12, 2009

National Trails Day video

I shot this last weekend for the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance on National Trails Day.

National Trails Day on Heil Ranch from Bikes Belong on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Obama gets a burger

Last night and tonight NBC is airing a series called 'Inside the Obama White House.' Its an amazing look into life as the POTUS like we've never seen before, with a president the likes of which we've never seen before. To watch the full 6 part enchilada, click here, otherwise just check out my favorite portion below, where Obama decides he's had enough of the White House kitchen.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Dad raises the bar

I've been a little sluggish posting this one, especially since it involves the daddio laying the smack down on me in our Transoceanic One Day Climbing Record Competition (TODCRC) and I'm unsure what insane combination of brutal climbs I need to put together to compete. So, in case your following along at home, here is the progression:
Me: 4,080ft
Dad: 6,700
Me: 7,880
Dad: 8,694
Me: 9,300
Dad: 12,000
Yup, you read that correctly, twelve thousand feet, over 80-90 miles. Not as if he went out and tacked a few hundred on that I could easily come up with. Nope, he added 2,700 feet. That's like tacking Magnolia on the end of my previous attempt, something that I know I couldn't have done. Seems I'll have to put some serious time into figuring out a new route (which is harder than you think since I refuse to repeat the same roads on climbs, loops are where its at) and also pacing myself when I do it. Anyways, here are a few pics that dad sent from his ride.

Time for breakfast

I shot this short yesterday to check out the amazing new world of shooting HD video with digital SLR cameras. It really is an amazing development as it allows one to bring all the benefits of swappable lenses to affordable digital video, something which has never happened before. I shot this entirely with an 18-55mm but I've been working on stuff using my 70-300 as well and it looks pretty awesome. Enjoy.

Huevos Rancheros from Mat Barlow on Vimeo.