Brendan Fairclough & Olly Wilkins

ASOBP Section 4 - 5 Things you wouldn't know...

Words and Filming: Tom Caldwell
Photography: Szymon Nieborak

On Section 6 of A Slice of British Pie, it all kicked off. Put together Brendan Fairclough, joined by pan shot Friday king Olly Wilkins, and the most polite mountain biker ever, Jono Jones. Throw in a pick-up truck with a deafening MX-5 engine in it, one of the greasiest corners you’ve ever seen, and you’ve got a Surrey Hills hillbilly party like no other. Olly decided to hit a tree first run and then decided the action hero career route was for him, leaping over Jono Jones as you’ve seen on the poster!

Jono wore khaki chinos all day and got peer pressured into just about everything. He definitely chose the right day to jib off university – that’s for sure. Then Brendan decided to blow everyone out of the water by gapping about 15ft directly into a bombhole with a foot deep bog at the bottom. Filming ended at everyone’s favourite spot, Peaslake. Whips and scrubs galore as we shot on an A-Line looking set of jumps, with Jono’s screams echoing through Surrey as he was convinced he was going to chainring the lot of them.

I won’t dwell on this subject – but you’re in for a surprise at the end. Lets just say it contains a dog raling a berm, a lad on a chainless hardtail being pushed into a roadgap, a 10 year old sending said road gap, attempts at flairs, highsides galore, and a big old crew including your two favourite riders.


Jono Jones jibbed the day off university to come and join the filming. He got a right b*llocking for it apparently, but it was definitely worthwhile.


When Olly Wilkins hit a tree on the first run of the day, he screwed his hand up big time. Like a true professional, He soldiered on though!


Brendan clean snapped several spokes whilst dropping off a bank (listen for it in the film). We thought they day was over but his girlfriend came to the rescue with a spare wheel.


Olly Wilkins is actually a professional beat boxer, action hero and rides with his tongue out for most of the segment.


Olly’s Mazda Pick up truck has a MX5 engine in it. It wakes the neighbourhood when he starts it each morning, has a cow print interior and wasn’t suspicious in the slightest driving down off limits fire roads deep in the heart of a country park.


Big thanks to DMR Bikes for help making this section come together. Watch the full film HERE.

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