Who wants some leftovers?
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!
For our latest film, A Bigger Slice of British Pie, we decided to up the ante on props for the opening scene. Last year, Ratboy took a pie to the face from Phil Atwill. This year, it was Josh's turn to get some payback and I wanted to build him a highly strung, medieval weapon.
Humble beginnings on Rob's driveway. This is Rob Kennerley and his dad, Adrian. The mechanical brains behind my creative ideas. Not sure where I'd be without their hands on 'let's get it done and done properly' approach.
Bit of wood, an aluminium pipe from the scrapyard, some bolts and some massive elastic bands. Oh and a bin lid for the tray.
Flick through the slideshow to see this monster come to life. Think it came to just shy of 200 quid and an afternoon to build after some planning and research. Ie. searching 'how to build a catapult' on Youtube.
There she is, finished and about to be tested. We carried this onto Woolston Park in Warrington whilst some Football training was about to finish. We got some very strange looks carrying this onto the field. We launched a few bricks and my phone a good 70-80ft so I was more than happy with it's range capabilities seeing as in the film it launches a silver platter full of shaving foam with disc rotors strapped to it for extra weight.
To finish she got a lick of fence paint and then got stored in Josh Gleave's barn until we needed it. It was designed to be flatpack to fit inside vehicles better. It's still in his barn now so if anyone wants to borrow a catapult, let me know!
A Bigger Slice, on tour.
For the launch of A Bigger Slice of British Pie, we travelled up and down the country to put on 3 premieres as well as a launch day party. The film was very well received everywhere we went, here's a snapshot of each night and the antics that ensued.
One Planet Adventure, Coed Llandegla. North Wales Premiere.
Launch day party and Midlands premiere at Spokes Bike Shop.
The boys crowding around to watch a naked Phil Atwill do a burnout on a moped covered in shaving foam.
Things did get a bit messy at Stoke. The free beer provided by Monster Energy made people a bit wild. Hair was cut off and fireballs were made.
Josh Bryceland takes a more refined approach to the free booze.
Big shout out to Monster for delivering free pies to the shop for everyone to delve into. They were bloody nice, too!
Chatting with the Sheffield Steel, Craig Evans. Check him out in the Lake District part of the film.
The South West premiere, once again at Mud Dock Bikes, Bristol.
Edinburghs premiere was held at Transgression Skate Park.
Once again, big thanks to the guys at Monster for supporting these events and making them the best they can be.
3 out of the 4 premiere were sold/maxed out. Not bad going! We'll go for 4/4 next year..
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
Filming bikes, riding bikes and everything in-between.