Monday, August 24, 2009

Trails in Slow Motion

Scooby & Joey - Trails in Slow Motion from joeybmx on Vimeo.



Got back into a bit of video editing this week with some footage of Scoob and me riding the Land in 50 frames per second standard definition. Expect some HD footage soon. It was wierd, I was following Scooby and I can't count the number of times I seemed to subconsciously copy his exact movements... you can probably notice in the video. Obviously not the tire grabs and the tables, we knew about that! But just the style on the other sets, kicking out the same... wierd!

I did get a little to close to him a few times and thought I was gonna land on him ... and it can be a little scary nosing into a landing looking down on someone landing with there foot way off the pedal!! It was windy too which added an extra element of surprise at times. All good fun!

below: Scooby and Joey...close!

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Interview on MarthaHucker.com


Click here to head on over to marthahucker.com and check out the interview I did for the site. Martha Hucker is a site dedicated to girls MTB and BMX riding, you'll find all the race and freeride event news along with a variety of interviews, photos and videos. It's a great idea and I was pleased to be asked to be a part of it.

Last weekend I got back on my bike after a week of feeling off. Turns out I knocked the crap outta myself a little bit when I hit my head, it took me a week of recovery and I felt pretty week and tired riding at the weekend. I've felt better as the weeks gone on though, had a few good rides at the city trails with Matt and a few others. It's a getting dark a bit early now to get over to our trails in the week now, by the time we get there it's almost dark in the woods.

We were messing about doing some trains and stuff last night, Phil took a few pics... the idea was to get 2 riders in the air and one round the berm but it didn't quite work.... yet!

Photos by Phil Chaplin
top: Joey jumping over Stiffler
bottom: Scooby and Stiffler train






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Friday, August 14, 2009

Head banging



I've been kind of slack here I know. I would write report about Braintree regional I did the other week but it's kinda been and gone now! I had some good races anyway, made the semis in 19+ and ended up in the B main, got pretty stuck in. I was 5th out of the first corner but as I jumped the double I almost landed on the Mangler! A fun day anyway, that's what it's all about. I was lined up for the B final with a gate almost full of my friends! At the end of the day we made plans for a big BBQ and session at our trails the following Sunday..

Normally our plans end up being ruined by bad weather, or people forget they had something else to do etc etc... but for once everything came together, Jay, Jonny, Joe and Paul from Bury, Ross from Ipswich and the locals - me, scobby, stiffler and tucker. It was a great day we had the trails running better than ever, with the dry weather they were rock solid but we had been watering the surface every time we rode so that it was silky smooth! They were running so fast you could pull up super high on every set. The backline got sessioned a lot, it's small but more tech, and since we made the bowls deeper last winter it's floaty and fun. We had some 6 man trains going on the mains, they were so fun, things were getting a bit close at times! Lots of laughing.. but that's when my days riding ended... I was following Ross through the mains with Jonny behind me, went to do a table on the 3rd set ( like I have done a hundred times before) but got my bars caught in my t-shirt straight away somehow, and they weren't coming out. Hence an " ohhh crap" from me, I landed with the bike still sideways and well that's all i remember until I got rudely awakened from a nice sleep I was having!! But really, thanks guys for taking good care of me. I was a bit confused and had a stinking headache for the rest of the day, couldn't even manage to take any more photos really. Still, I enjoyed the BBQ and watching everyone else rip up the trails. I had an ideal view of the third set, Ross pulled a perfect one foot table, tucker was over clicking turndowns and Scooby was just waaay up in the trees!

Anyway I had a bit of a chilled week this week after that, my body needed a rest...I'm so bored though! What do people do who have no hobbies? seriously??! I'll be back on my bike this weekend I reckon.

Photos: Top - Tucker, below - the run up


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