For A Bigger Slice of British Pie, we shot a hell of a lot of footage. And a fair chunk of that was left out and may never see the light of day. Well it might, in the B-Roll. There was so much good photographic content left over from Ben Winder that I'm just trying to share as much of it as possible from what was the best MTB project of my life so far. Enjoy!
At the end of 2 days filming with the North Wales boys, everyone had bonked. It was starting to go dark in the woods and Gaz watched all the boys trickle down the steepest track I've ever seen. An Al Bond special slithering down the steepest of shoots and in-between the biggest of boulders. Nobody wanted to do it, especially not on trail bikes. But peer pressure is a magical thing.
The footage from this track was super dark and not really usable. Steep never actually looks steep on camera, which is a shame. But it was great fun to watch the boys on the edge of control.
Emyr Davies, probably knackered and preparing for another round of Al Bond steepness.
The pink ramp! That ramp is a good 13 years old, Toys R Us special. I used to see how many people I could gap off it when I was 12 and a 'BMXer'. It's use in the pie was to put it in the daftest place and see where you could end up off it. We had to put bricks and stones underneath it to stop the bugger sliding on impact though!
Leo Housman and his seemingly never ending supply of Haribo,
Big thanks to Simmonds for ditching his honeymoon to come and ride with us, even though he was in a pink swimsuit with goggles on.
The full North Wales crew.
Steve Peat. Who'd have thought the face of Mountain Biking in the UK would be in my film. Quite the honour having him in front of the lens.
The 4x powerhouse that is Luke Cryer, chauffeured by Alton local, Dean Wood.
We found a wild Nikki Whiles deep in the heart of the South Wales valleys.
The boys were buzzing with some free stickers!
About 25 of us turned up to this pub after the dual session and it was only a little place. Jam packed it was, no room!
Phil Atwill's old school style at Beastramps, Manchester.
Just before the Pie impacted on Phil's face. No wonder it hurt his nose (his nose that he had surgery on a few months before), we had to reinforce the plate as it wasn't heavy enough. It had 2 disc rotors strapped to the back of it! But I didn't tell him that part.
Never thought I'd carry a catapult with a grandma.
Grandma Bryceland getting ready for her big appearance.
A wild Joe Flanagan in his natural habitat.
Winter. It's great.
The Lakes crew, mid lunch break. Also feat. Beamer.
Classic pikey Phil Atwill.
The home made chain guide his dad crafted the night before out of a piece of teak. It worked, until it snapped off.
Bill Farrington trying to fix his bike minutes before the start of the big grand prix.
The boys lined up ready to give it some throttle.
The media squids putting in some elbow grease to clear some trail obstacles. We accidentally rolled this bugger down the backside of Ben Nevis. We heard it rolling for a good minute after we pushed it. I hope it took out no hikists on the way down.
On the 2nd day of filming, Cathro properly spannered himself against a tree. I think he dislocated his collarbone.
The boys off for a dip in Loch Ness when the air temperature was a barmy 4 degrees.
Jono and the talking gash.
We had every type of weather during this day. This was when it was hailing. A great expression of enjoyment upon Brendans face.
The man, the myth, the legend. Olly Wilkins.
A recipe for disaster feat. Matt Jones.
This was the consistency of Jono Jones' road gap. Basically chocolate cake.
Bryceland trying to perfect his slopestyle career, whilst Pagey looks on.
The boys congratulating Joe on his backflip.. attempts.
Brendan tasting the surrey soil, probably not for the first time.
This part never made the film. It all looked well and good launching out of this old brick building, but on the landing were a series of very soft, and pretty brutal natural steps. You couldn't go fast it it just looked awkward bobbling down these steps. Bit of a shame really!
Manon Carpenter showing Vero Sandler how she actually trains for World Cups..
Vero trying to perfect her own 'jib'...
And then the food fight begun. In the middle of Bringewood!
Little man, big truck, and bullhead.
Bullhead or Dave Wardell as it turns out is bloody quick on a bike. Masters silver medalist and can keep up with Danny!
We'll leave it at that for now, B-Roll on the way soon!