It’s four minutes into Not2Bad and so far I’ve seen Gee Atherton slide tackled by a child, Casey Brown crashing a moped, Ryan Howard’s boxers around his ankles but not a sniff of a mountain bike – and I’m loving it.
The long awaited sequel to Anthill’s NotBad is out and this time the Trek C3 project is half the world away in sunny Spain. The Kiwi sheep of the original have been traded for a grumpy bull and this time there’s some guests along for the ride.
One thing that remains the same is camaraderie and atmosphere. Cam McCaul especially brings the laughs to a film that is a world away from the serious monologues and black and white interviews of other bike films.
That’s not to say the riding takes a back seat though. There are some awesome sections in this, in particular the one that integrates an abandoned house into a slopestyle line and, surprisingly, the enduro section. Riders like Semenuk and Rheeder may not be your first choice to rip it up on trail bikes but as the camera swoops between pairs of riders flashing through Spanish scrubland you can’t help but grin – there’s not many on this planet that can make a trail ride look as stylish as that.