The format remains the same with the five teams being sent out on the road for a week along a pre determined route with a book full of challenges to complete along the way. Though this time the 'Egg a member of another team' challenge was changed and eggs were replaced with water balloons and this year its all taken in good spirits, which was good to see, although you wouldnt see me throwing water balloons at Niki Croft and Mark Webb! The points winners have been announced prior to the DVD, BSD won with Mongoose in second and Relentless in third.
The riders this year were:
- BSD: Mike Taylor, Kriss Kyle, Chaz Mailey, Nailz and Tony Malouf
- Mongoose: Paul Ryan Bruza, Phil De-Matia, Olly Evans and Greg Illingworth
- Primo: Dan Lacey, Mark Love, Alex Kennedy, Ben Hennon and Tony Neyer
- Profile: Levi Rogers, Phil Aller, Will Hermann, Robbo and Jeff Klugiewicz
- Relentless: Lima, Mark Webb, Matt Priest, Niki Croft and Ruben Rodriguez
The DVD is split up into the team sections starting out with the last place (in the points contest), Profile team. Starting out in Liverpool the riding gets going straight away and is full throttle from start to finnish. Big street lines are coupled with big skate park moves. As usual there is the odd graphic telling you about some challenge or another that they have completed. Luckily those graphics aren't too distracting and they don't really get in the way too much. Some of the riding is outstanding and the team are clearly pushing themselves the whole time but there's only so many bangers you can pull in one week so a few of the clips seem like filler, especially for the Profile team. The filming is questionable at times but for the majority its more than acceptable and the editing is simple and clean with the exception of the final section which is a short and sweet trails edit, but, inexplicably the trails section has some random black & white clips thrown in which just seemed out of place, its almost 'art' for arts sake but it didn't fit for me, over all Kyle Harvey did a decent job filming and editing the Profile section.
Primo get part two and no one can deny that this crew is definitely full of talent. Ben Hennon and Dan Lacey quickly set the tone for the Primo section with some pretty big lines at a concrete park, though the rest of the team quickly catch up. Instantly the fish eye shots get annoying with more of the screen taken up with the inside of the lens than the rider its pointed at, zoom buttons are standard issue on most cameras. Im sure and it doesn't hurt to use them! The filming itself is pretty solid and the editing is minimal with no real issues. The riding is exactly what you would expect from a team this good, the street lines are as large as Ben Hennons park lines which are typically massive. Mark Love tears every piece of transition to pieces and Dan Lacey and Tony Neyer shut down the streets. Tony in particular does a hangover tooth pick grind that needs to be seen to be believed. Overall the riding is top solid and impressive and the simple edit doesn't get in the way, unlike that fish eye.
The third section and most interesting is the Relentless edit. This edit starts as it means to go on, great cinematography and a vast majority of the clips are in slow motion. Hands down the best edited and shot section on the entire DVD, if you're into the more 'arty' edits then this is for you. Landscape timelapses, slow motion panning shots, sunsets, this edit has it all and its all set to a fittingly epic soundtrack. Matty Lambert has done a great job with this edit and the effort and eye for a good shot are instantly obvious. The riding is in places insane but consistently above the standard seen so far in the DVD. Niki Croft seemingly can do what he wants on his bike and we all know what Mark Webb can do when given a transition. Lima has all the style you could ever need and some to spare and the rest of the team do not disappoint. At a little under 8 minutes it was over all to quickly. Definitely a stand out edit for 2010.
Mongoose get the next section. For me this is the section that need not exist. Its not that the riding is bad or the filming and editing is particularly bad, its just all so mediocre. Especially after the epic section that was the Relentless edit. There are a few good points to the Mongoose edit but not enough to save it for me, compared to the other edits, it just doesn't stack up which is a shame because I wanted to like the this section, I just couldn't. Clearly the team had a good time on the trip and there's smiles all round, just not from the viewer.
Points winners BSD get the final section and with Mike Taylor and Tony Malouf on your team you know its gonna get serious! The BSD team quickly get to work destroying the streets. Some of the spots are pretty well known but get the BSD treatment meaning some definite "WTF, rewind!" moments. The BSD crew spend a surprising amount of time in the skate parks of the North and into Scotland and Kriss Kyle, Chaz Mailey and Nailz definitely show why they are on BSD with big, fast and smooth lines and technical grind combos. The filming is solid, as is the final edit with typically clean and simple cuts both handled by Dave Sowerby. The BSD section stood out to me because of the consistency, every team rider has as many park lines as they do street lines and everyone on the trip deserves to be there. Finishing in London the BSD team show why they won the points contest the whole way through their section.
Taking this video in context, it is a mix of 4 BMX (and one energy drink's) teams, on week long road trips around the UK, filming for a BMX magazine competition sponsored by a phone company. It has its high points and it has its low points but I think thats expected when you do a project like this. There is, after all only so much you can do in one week in the UK and baring that in mind the teams did pretty well. The point is, no one is buying this DVD, its free with Ride UK and who can complain when you get over an hour of un-seen BMX footage from some of the UKs finest teams and riders without even paying for it?