The first of a series of short films exploring the one word that seems to be missing from much of the bike industry - "why?".
Dan Gronross has lived in British Columbia for eight years, and for the longest time rode mountain bikes exclusively, much of it in Whistler's Bike Park, until a bad accident changed his outlook on the sport. Here's WHY he rides road bikes now.
Watch the full-length "Racing Towards Red Hook" documentary here! http://indieflix.com/film/racing-towards-red-hook-32809/
The Red Hook Criterium is a unique nighttime bike race in Brooklyn, New York. Each March, more than 80 amateur cyclists - business owners, artists and bike messengers by day - descend on Red Hook's industrial streets, bringing with them their fixed gear, brakeless, single speed bikes (and a hefty dose of courage) to race on a techinical course. The athletes are as different as can be, but they've all got the same goal in mind: winning the famed cobblestone trophy.
This is a story about one rider's journey towards his first-ever Red Hook Crit. Frank Warren, owner of the Breukelen Coffee House in Crown Heights, is a passionate amateur cyclist who dreams of making a podium finish and cementing his name on the fixed gear circuit. But running a successful business while training for the biggest race of his life is a difficult balancing act. Can he do both?
Through Frank, we learn that fixed gear cycling is more than a hobby, a sport, an exercise. It's a lifestyle, a culture, a worldwide movement. And if the criterium race format catches on and explodes likes he knows it can - fixed gear riding may very well take over skateboarding's role and become the next big urban sport.
The Australian’s call it Walkabout, a chance to escape from the routine, heading into the empty wilderness to empty the body and soul of built up trash, we call it FLAT OUT.
Using the simplest and cleanest form of transport, a Track bike. Four cyclists, meet at the Sydney Opera House in Australia, to embark on a journey into extreme terrain during dangerous summer conditions, riding a massive 1200km of road in only ten days to the city of Melbourne.
With the monumental landscapes of Australia as the backdrop, a country and continent all in one that has some of the most diverse wildlife and landscapes on the planet, this challenging and hill ridden terrain proved the perfect situation to film a documentary. The riders were captured having to conquer their own inner demons to complete the journey within the ten days. Cycling an average 8 hours a day getting from one destination to the next, this experience allowed all of them to take stock and reflect, traveling on a more spiritual and inward journey. Each rider’s story being expressed individually using words, photos; drawings, music and a personal diary filmed on super 8 films. This will result in a film and book capturing the journey and experience from start to finish available later this year.
The question is… did they make it?
FLAT OUT is made up of individuals who share a common interest in riding Track bikes.
Producers / Founders:
Ian White & Patrick Seabase
Manager & Photographer:
Ian White / UK - Switzerland / Photographer / Artist
Renaud Skyronka / France / Movie Maker / Track Bike Enthusiast
Patrick Seabase / Switzerland / Fixed gear Switzerland / Gorilla Bicycles / Bicycle Film Festival
Pierre Emm aka Le Lama / France / Art Professor at the High school of Fine Arts Paris / Polo Player / Free Rider:
Henrik "Artoo" Kuerschner / Germany / CTRS member / Creative
Andrea Schilirò / Italy / Artist / Photographer / Athlete
we appreciate the support from ELEMENT http://www.elementeurope.com/ / MAHAMAYA http://mahamaya.ch/ / Velocity http://www.velocityusa.com / GOrilla http://www.gorillabicycles.com / RETROSUPERFUTURE http://retrosuperfuture.com/super and all at Orbost Bakery, Australia- THANK YOU