Scottish stunt cyclist Danny Macaskill is back with a new video. Ten days of filming, a helicopter, a mad bike and a madder man, resulted in some great footage and a trip up Sgurr Dearg. Though Red Bull presumably paid for the adventure I’m sure no one on the team was desperate enough to consume anything produced by them.
I’ve been interested in watching this film since I first came across the ‘in the making’ trailer a few years ago, details at the time were scarce but it looked like a great cycle film. Unfortunately I forgot all about it and the name of the film. Luckily I rediscovered it by chance this week and I’m now nominating it as CycleFar’s 5th Cinematic Sunday feature.
The film is nicely shot and is documentary style, great for getting you motivated for a quick sprint around the block, or perhaps something more. . .
“Rising from Ashes” is a feature length documentary about two worlds colliding when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda, Africa to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team. As they set out against impossible odds both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past.
This video of Kelly McGarry doing a backflip over a 72ft canyon has to be this week’s Cinematic Sunday nomination. The backflip is only the start of what makes this video so thrilling; this madman and brilliant rider navigates a razors edge of dusty mountaintop whilst casually disregarding the golden rule of ‘keeping the rubber side down’ and throwing himself off ledges. It’s a white knuckle experience even for spectators.
It’s Sunday again and this week I want to share an old favorite cycling video – Danny MacAskill’s Way Back Home. Grab yourself a brew, get comfortable and prepare to be entertained. The footage was shot during Danny MacAskill’s journey from Edinburgh back to his hometown Dunvegan, in the Isle of Skye:
A week has already passed since the first installment of Cinematic Sundays, now this Sunday I have something really bizarre for you. Using 6 GoPro cameras and some computer wizardry Jonas Ginter created a tiny globe effect of him cycling and traveling about.
I’m not sure why Jonas Ginter chose to film the second sequence in his car driving through a building site rather than a gleaming city or around some trees and lakes but it’s a brilliant and interesting vid nonetheless.
Does it remind anyone else of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry?
“On his fourth day with the little prince, the narrator becomes aware of just how small the little prince’s planet really is. The little prince is surprised that on Earth, he has to wait for the sun to go down to see a sunset. On his planet, a person can see the end of the day whenever he likes by simply moving a few steps.”
In this video Chris Akrigg shows why cyclocross bikes make excellent touring bikes. As he bounces and slides over rocks and branches and into the occasional mud pit, he proves that cyclocross bikes are lightweight, capable machines that can take a great deal of abuse. Coupled with an ultralight, sub 6kg, bundle of touring gear there would scarcely be any terrain out-of-bounds. Cyclocross bikes also have the added benefits of being fast on roads, unlike mountain bikes, low maintenance and have a huge potential to take cycle touring adventures to new places.
If you’re wondering how you might equip a bike like the one Chris is riding for cycle touring, then you may like to take a look at my Ultralight Cycle Touring Guide book.
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