The Lake District
"Slow down Wesley"
The Lake District has been synonymous with British mountain biking since its inception in the UK. Borrowdale, Nan Bield and Hellvellyn are all classic big rides but that's not what we wanted in A bigger slice of british pie.
Adam Brayton hot on the heels of his best season ever; the Flanagans with their usual irreverence; Craig Evans on a day trip up from Sheffield and Preston BMXer Wesley Snipes (not the Wesley Snipes) made up the riding crew. Instead of the high passes, rocks and panoramic views, we headed for wet woods, steep turns and deep mud.
In typical northern conditions, we were treated to some fresh cut goodness in Setmurthy and the rest is consigned to film.
Sam Flanagan takes up the tale:
Who was on the shoot with you?
On the shoot we had Me and the brother Joe, local animal Liam Little, Sheffield shrew Craig Evans, big leathery Adam Brayton and a guest appearance from the hardest man in Preston, Wesley 'BMX' Bruney!
How did Tommy C approach you about the day?
Tommy C went with the classic modern way of getting in touch via Facebook Messenger, we were stoked to be asked and got right on thinking up some appropriately shreddable locations. With minimal loam covering any of Yorkshire, we found ourselves in deepest Cumbrian bandit country but luckily with the protection of the cleppet Liam Little we all made it out intact.
What was your favourite moment of the shoot?
Favourite part had to be the fresh tracks the Setters locals dished us up, cheers boys and sorry again for the carnage!
Who had the biggest bail?
Biggest bail has to go to J-Brov for the ejection from the fully committed flip / flair / side flop attempt!
What's the story with Joe’s backflip attempts?
Joe originally learned backfilps to dirt on our trip to Kamloops way back when. With foam pits and mulch landings under the belt, he thought that the lens of Tommy C, a rather suboptimal soft as hell lip in a sodden Cumbrian forest and a handful of cheerleaders for support was the perfect environment to get accelerate his learning, not sure it quite went as planned!
Why were you shouting 'WESLEY SLOW DOWN' all day?
With Wesley's natural habitat being concrete, rails and stair sets it was quite a dive into the deep end on a borrowed bike with a lot of butt clenching. Wesley's disregard for his personal safety was admirable and it just goes to show how far and how fast peer pressure can get you!
How did you guys get on with the typically northern conditions?
Now like a good old spot of weather int' yon face lad!