The wise eyes out there will have noticed the next Slice of British Pie film is in full swing. Named 'A Bigger Slice of British Pie' and once again a Dirt Magazine film (along with some pretty special sponsors), the next pie is going to be such a step up from the first.. longer, wilder, and I'm so excited for you all to see it.
We're now about half way through production, and projected release date to be late April due to not wanting to clash with Brendan Faircloughs new feature film, Deathgrip. This new pie works on the same basis as the first, documenting all the different riding groups and scenes from across the UK. But, this time everybody's friends have come along to play. Take everyone from last year and add all of their mates. The sense of community has been taken to the next level and it feels a lot more inclusive. It was never an elitist brand or film and it's going to stay that way. It incorporates everyone's favourite riders.. Rat, Brendan, Atwill to name a few. But it also features the local builders and local pinners that never really see the light of day on the media front. That's what the pie is all about. #roadgaptommo #gregsmatekeil #dangergaz and not forgetting Calum Mackie's spectacular crashes..
North Wales hosted the first filming back in October when it was still dusty. Yes, dusty. Gaz, Joe, Bondy, Leo and 'Danger' Perry were the recruits along side coastal import Emyr Davies. Offroading, drifting, quad bikes and some serious corner ripping rounded up our time in North Wales. Special shout out to Matt Simmonds for coming back from his honeymoon in his swimwear to be with us for those few days. Commitment!
Following Wales, we headed for a day of antics with Phil Atwill and friends down at his local. Now this one got really out of hand. You may have spyed the shot of a grandma holding a mobility scooter on two wheels.. and that's just the start. Phil built a never been hit roadgap which he nearly killed himself on and James Purvis had a mankini on. We'll leave it there for now.
We then ventured down into the dark and dingy valleys of South Wales to meet up with Laurie G, trail master Nikki Whiles, style master C-Dog Hatton and Dirt test rider Ieuan Williams. Now, Ieuan isn't your average rider. Laurie had never met the geezer before and by heck he was in for a shock. Ieuan rode for the 2 days with a broken ankle, and rode hard at that. He will not miss out, whatever the cost.. and for that I greatly respect his attitude, albeit a very reckless one. The trails Nikki had touched up for us to film on were immaculate. There is so much gold in those hills. Many cutties and tyre burps later, the segment was wrapped up along with a few huge slams from the ever composed Charlie and mind blowing speed from the world number 2, Mr. Greenland.
A skate stop on the way home at a park in the middle of a strange estate rounded off our second day in the valleys. We accidentally bullied some kids into dropping in for the camera. We gave them loads of stickers after though so it was ok. Probably.
The peak district was next, and there was a vague plan to just go wild with about 15 riders. 30+ turned up after a little word of mouth got out of hand. So we had filled the car park and had pushing 40 people on the hill including the film crew. So much talent in one place.. Rat, Atwill, Loosedog, Sambo, the list goes on. Wait until you see what happened here..
Variety is the spice of life, so for this instalment of the pie it's not just trail bikes. Vehicles and bikes of many shapes and sizes to keep things fresh and your minds occupied. We headed to Beats Rampz in Manchester for an evening of tricks and serious trains to get some hardtail and BMX action in there too.
The intro to the film is quite the eye opener. It was very surreal and really quite weird filming it that sunny Cheshire morning. It's certainly a step up from the pie to Rats face from last year! This year we see Josh taking some serious revenge on Phil.. I definitely think it will be a first in MTB media!
They all asked for it, so we did it. The first Official Slice of British Pie TTR and MiniBike Grand Prix took place down near the South Coast and we had about 35-40 bikes there that day. It was an awesome turn out, cheers to everyone who came down! It made for some chaotic mass starts too. Rob Warner, Bernard Kerr, Atwill and a few other big boys headed up the charge for first place all day. A great success, aside a few boys getting ran over, and with people already calling for this to be an annual event, keep an eye out.. it just might happen!
The Scottish Highlands were next, last years crowd favourite by a long way. The scots knew they had to live up the previous years hype and they pulled out all the stops once again. Joe Barnes and Greg Williamson now joined the squadron as carnage once again ensued in Fort William on some super fresh tracks, and some high speed airtime action took place further North in Inverness. Bogs were face planted and the pyrotechnic department went haywire. This section is going to be a riot.. again. Big up to Calum Mackie!
That's us for now. At the halfway point, ish. We've lots more boys to visit, corners to destroy, and hours sat on the m6 to do. Keep an eye out for updates and get excited to see the final product Late April!
Caldwell Visuals / Dirt Magazine
All images thanks to Ben Winder Photography
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