My winning entry for the Through the Lens film competition during the 2012 Queenstown Bike Festival, presented by DTR New Zealand.
The six months that I've spent in Queenstown has been nothing shorter than amazing. This place has not just some of the best riding in the world but also a booming bike scene and extraordinary people. This video is an homage to all of Queenstown - a best of the best from an amazing summer.
Thanks for all the memories, I can't thank you enough!
Untouched natural terrain, displaced rocks, narrow trails and steep paths: La Bresse can be considered an old school track, as the track designer Remy also admits. After every run the riders find themselves having to deal with a completely new track. The rain during the night before the race does the rest. Some of the good lines riders had found during practice and qualifying have become unusable on Sunday when plenty of mud and a bright sunshine creates the perfect mix for spectators to enjoy a downhill race.
A lot of people are there to watch the best riders in the world fight for the win. Greg Minnaar wins the race and Aaron Gwin wins the overall World Cup one race before the end of the season. Last but not least, Fabien Barel announces his retirement just after the awards ceremony. What an awesome day was Sunday!
Thank you Fabien for the unforgettable years of racing, you are a true inspiration for dhillers of all over the world.
Mont Sainte Anne has been without a doubt the most physical and challenging race of the season so far. The very long track certainly favours those athletes who are both physically tuned and technical. Rain and mud, this year, have made things, if possible, even more difficult for the riders. However the stress was also felt by the bikes. The fast and rocky traits, combined with mud have seriously tested all the bike and their parts. Punctures, flat tyres, bad falls, broken chassis, brakes on fire and more and more, the race put everyone and everything under real pressure. Even the top players like Minaar and Atherton suffered under these extreme conditions. The race ended up punishing every little mistake and every indecision. In summary this was an unforgettable race.
For the third stage of the 2011 championship the world cup circus is in Leogang (Austria). Weather forecasts at the beginning of the week were terrible, rain was expected from Thursday all the way to Sunday night.
Waiting for the downpour was the main topic of conversation in the paddock, not just for the riders but also for the photographers and videomakers. Unexpectedly, however, the weather was clement and all free practice, qualifying sessions and the race itself were dry. With rain coming in the evenings and at night, the track was always muddy and challenging. The final drop over roots and mud severely tested the ability of all the riders.
In the end we had and epic race which saw another success for Aaron Gwin. In this "Waiting for the Rain" video, Tri-ride tells you the story of the race. Enjoy it!
This is a downhill track that is a real masterpiece. Every bend, every drop and every rock and root is meant to be and accomplished thanks to the care and passion that Pippo Marani (God bless him!) has put in realising the Val di Sole track. When this happens, you will forgive us for saying so, what comes out at the end is pure perfection. Riders were advised to approach it with care and almost “religious” respect.
Even if the “overall” was already decided in La Bresse, with Gwin’s victory, we think that Val di Sole was the best and more exciting race of the year. A technical track from the start to the very end that can mix things up and deliver an unexpected podium. On this track everyone has to put in the hard work and sweat it up, from the top guys to those who have to earn the qualification. Every-one has to be ready to be knocked down and eat some dust.
The race was won once again by the unstoppable Gwin, who has now really demonstrated that he is the guy everyone has to measure up with on every type of track and under every condition. However it was not an easy victory for him and the young guys have really shown their skills really giving us an idea of what the 2012 season will be like, heart-attack stuff I think.
I hope you will forgive for the melancholy and the moody start of the video. We thought we would need to produce some sort of homage for Pippo Marani’s work. Being this the last race in the season, we also thought melancholy was also the right mood to start with. A great season that
has given us some great thrill and emotions race after race.
We want to thank everyone who has followed our videos, has given us feedback and has supported the Tri-Ride as we tackled the World Cup 2011 season. It has been amazing.
Tri-Ride looks forward to seeing you again in 2012 with the Pietermaritzburg video.