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‘3 Minute Gaps’ – The Story Behind The Film

3 Minute Gaps is Clay Porters latest telescope with which we can see into the lives of the racers whose entire lives revolve around being the fastest man down the mountain…

From Dirt Issue 110 – April 2011

Word by Seb Kemp. Photos by Sven Martin.

Bikes change colours and styles, go from no suspension to full suspension and everything in between; from single crown to triple clamp, from 1” of travel to 10”, from single speed to 28 speed. What doesn’t change is the racer who gets on the bike and gives it 100 every single time whilst constantly dealing with the weight of hopes, dreams and pressures of winning. Ultimately, racing is about people, not bicycles. Bicycles can be any colour and have any name on the down tube, but what matters is the man or woman cranking the pedals. It has always been this way, and it will always be.

3 Minute Gaps is Clay Porters latest telescope with which we can see into the lives of the racers whose entire lives revolve around being the fastest man down the mountain.

This is the first time Porter has collaborated with someone else on one of his films. Clay felt he had reached the capacity of what one person can achieve on their own, and if he wanted his films to grow, then he needed help. John Lawlor was an obvious choice because he shares the same passion and dedication for film making, and he knows the World Cup scene both as a filmer (more recently for the Santa Cruz Syndicate and Specialized) and as a former World Cup racer himself. Lawlor is essentially Clay’s right hand man, he is at all the shoots and the races, and is very involved in the process. From drafting concepts, to helping plan shoots, to filming and editing, Lawlor is there every step of the way. Although Clay Porter is the director, 3 Minute Gaps is a film by Clay Porter and John Lawlor, and will be labelled as such. >>

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