This one will go down as one I will never forget. It was such a blast getting to work with friends to produce this job. The two big challenges of the day were: 1) NW weather and 2) Carbon CX frames and pavement
As for the weather, according to the forecast, it was the one day all week where weather.com said 0% chance of rain. As luck would have it, it began drizzling as we set up all the lights. That drizzle erupted into a monsoon. We bagged everything, but not before I lost one Profoto pack. We waited as everything got soaked and the freak 45 minute storm passed.
Gian (the super pro rider making the jump) then got ready for a few test jumps. After about 4 attempts and him making everything look so silky smooth and easy, we heard a crack from one of his rims. We decided that meant no more test runs and lets get the shot before we have no bike! On real attempt #2, a load ‘POW’ sounded as he landed. His rear blew out and that’s when I called my friend and neighbor to swing by with another tube (thx Garret!). We made a wardrobe change and Gian landed 3 more jumps before we called it wrapped. Crazy to believe I only had about 5-7 frames of the jump. Normally that would freak me out, but Gian looked good in all of them, so it felt like we got it.
Above is a quick video animation of the many body positions we tried .
Here’s Gian and the blowout. Thanks to everyone who helped out on this shoot and to Jesse at Bicycling for the opportunity to try something ridiculous!