Sunday, December 18, 2011

Cav

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.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Bike Lust

Currently spending too much time on bike websites. Not sure if I heard winter is starting. I've had my squishy bike out of action here for most of the fall, which I've also been traveling constantly throughout, so I'm yearning for some real deal mountain biking. Heading to Moab next week though.

Aluminum Tallboy with a big fork. Mmmmm. Fast but bomber.



Or, for the full monster bike effect, build a Stumpjumper frame with a Fox 34...


New GoPro

GoPro came out with a new version of their ubiquitous POV camera this week and it looks to build on the success of the original. I've always really appreciated their boxy form factor as opposed to the competition's more bullet like shapes because it encourages you to use the GoPro as more than just a helmet cam. You can use it for timelapses, plasticky-camera stills, all sorts of stuff. Before dropping my own personal example into Lake Bemidji this summer the GoPro was easily one of my very favorite tech pieces. Now there's an excuse to get a newer better one! This promo video they released along with the new camera does a great job showing the variety of shots and set-ups you can put together with this awesome little camera.

Napa






All the snow here in Colorado this morning has me missing the colors of California.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Ken Blocks newest hoonage.

Ken Block is known more for his ridiculous stunts than his success in the World Rally Championship, but when they're as hair-brained and hilarious as this it's hard to fault the guy. I think this is his best one yet, with more of a rally feel to the course around Universal Studio's back lots than his previous stunt sessions at a warehouse or runway.

Friday, May 27, 2011

My favorite ride.

Surfing with some of my favorite friends in the desert outside Moab. Music is Kings of Leon, video is from the GoPro, gnar is from the Mike Dahl and Josh Ray, among others.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Cateye INOU video.

This spring I shot and edited this video for Cateye which I just finished up. It highlights their new INOU gps + camera bike computer which is a pretty cool little gadget.

To shoot it I headed home to Moab hoping for some sun in mid February as Boulder at that time of year is mostly grays and browns, not exactly the most fun for video. Luckily the weather cooperated and I was able to shoot both mountain and cyclocross under beautiful blue sky.

Highlight of the trip was riding Amasa Back to Pothole Arch with a return via Rockstacker and Jackson's trail. It was my first time on Rockstacker, which ended up being a good thing as I didn't know the technicality of the trail I was about to ride with 5k worth of camera gear on my back... Let's just say that rode sections which I would have thought twice about had I known what was coming up.

Anyways, here's the result.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Vail > Lyons: One Day in Colorado

This was a first for me. Sure, I think I've probably snuck in a little road loop or something after a ski just to say I'd done both in the same day, but I've never gotten an honest to goodness, legitimate ski day and a mountain bike ride in one day. We started in Vail with 14" of powder and some of the best turns I've ever skied under blue sky and sun, then headed to Lyons for a gorgeous evening session on the awesome Picture Rock Trail. Tacos Don Jose put a cherry on top. I love Colorado.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Vail

Having grown up half my life in Crested Butte it was a harsh transition moving to Boulder and learning what it took to get a day of skiing in up I70. Weekly traffic nightmares are enough to send one over the edge of insanity, or put a decidedly negative ending on a fun day of skiing.

Once in a while though you get the perfect combination of storms, traffic, ski partners, and the chance to play hookie on a workday. The results are ridiculously good. This was our Tuesday:

Brosiffs of Powville from Mat Barlow on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011