“I feel 10 years younger!" More muddy corners in one film than you’ve ever seen before.

Photos: Ben WInder

This isn’t a review, but the premiere of Dirt Magazine and Tom Caldwell’s ‘A Slice of British Pie’ (SBP) took place last night (Saturday March 12th) in Bristol’s awesome bike shop Mud Dock. A sell out crowd settled down to watch 30 minutes of ‘very British’ aggro DH style trail riding. This was spit and sawdust two wheeled action at its best.

Slice of Pie Prem 4
Slice of Pie Prem 4

Film maker Tom Caldwell has managed to capture the spirit of the past and bring it right up to date. Perfectly for us, his style is heavily influenced by the early Sprung and Earthed series of mountainbike films. These films showed mountainbiking in a fresh and un-sanitised way. Whilst modern day filmmakers are all about drones, super slo mo, massive pans shots, etc. … they sometimes miss the essence of riding (not always)… which is just basically having a blast.

Slice of Pie Prem 3
Slice of Pie Prem 3

SBP perfectly captures a moment in time, the winter of 2015/16. We get to see pro riders (Bryceland, Atwill, Dale, Wilkins, Smith and many more) acting just like us… messing around, falling off and just having a laugh. It is refreshing to watch and it is easy for anyone who has ridden wet muddy corners to relate to… and we are talking about muddy corners all over the mainland UK.

Is it a classic in the making? We’ll just have to wait and see.

The next showing is this Monday night in Glentress, Scotland, and tickets are still available… and don’t forget the ‘big bang’ in Sheffield on Friday (tickets still available for that too). Now that is going to be a big night!