I would like you to close your eyes for a brief moment and imagine yourself sitting at home on a beautiful Summer evening and… oh wait, you can’t really read this with your eyes closed now can you. Let’s try this again. So, now that I have already wasted this much of your time, maybe just imagine (with your eyes open this time) that you get a call from someone asking if you would like to visit the Tour de France and ride your bike for a few weeks with “American Cyclocross Legend Tim Johnson” (he prefers to be called that to just plain old “Tim”.) Now imagine that while chasing the TdF you will also be traveling through the French countryside in a fully restored vintage Mavic Service Course Vehicle from 1974. Now please imagine that you have never been to the Tour de France but you have dreamed about it for years and now someone is offering you a Willy Wonka sized golden ticket in the form of an all expense paid trip. Mavic asked us to fly into France around the 8th Stage and create some videos for social media purposes. The goal was to ride with Go Pro Cameras and capture the energy of the tour to make 4-5 videos in a little over a week. That meant we would need a real life video editor, so I made a call to my buddy Ace Carretero and the trifecta was complete!
Man, Ace from the Sleepers is on a roll with the good vibes videos. First, the Mavic project with Team Dream at the Tour and now the Sim Works Pop Up at GSC. Keep them coming dude!
… Not the Lynch movie but it’s got some eerie vibes for sure.
Last Sunday, Ace from the Sleepers and I met up with volunteers from CORBA, MWBA and IMBA to work on the Ken Burton trail in the San Gabriel mountains. While most of our time was spent working, Ace got a good amount of video from the day, along with some great interviews…
“Corba’s Steve Messer leads the charge for the Ken Burton Trail Day. Watch Steve and good friends Robin and Michael as they lead the charge to get Ken Burton Trail back to its prime. With this trail opening, you will have the accessibility to connecting Brown Mountain to the Arroyo and Gabrielino trail. The Trail is slated to open up Spring of 2016.”
Shot and Edited by Ace Carretero TheSleepers.la
Sound Design by Riccardo Stanley Mejia
Leave it to the Sleepers to document the haps in town including Cranksgiving, a food drive race thrown by the U Lock Mob (for the past 15 years!) with proceeds donated to Para Los Ninos.
Does your city throw a Cranksgiving? Got a video? Share it in the comments!
Golden Saddle and the Sleepers pulled together a great little video showcasing the weekly LA River Camp Coffee meetup. Interested in going? LARCC meets every Wednesday morning at Sunnynook River Park, starting at 7AM.
Once upon a time there was a very wise Ent living in the Angeles Forest that stumbled upon a gentle being who looked to be riding a road bike up to Josephine saddle and around the back side of Strawberry Peak, a route only walked or traversed via Boneshaker. This man was warned of the hazards that lie ahead and the inherent danger he was putting himself in by riding tires so skinny into these parts of the forest, but yet he pushed ahead. The Ent sent word via crow to the small village living at what we call Red Box today, these people were asked to send a smoke signal when the man arrived in the village, but the man never did.
This old folklore was the inspiration behind the first half of the Mudfoot Fundo One Hundo, a 100-mile route through the Angeles forest showcasing the drastic changes of climate and terrain of Southern California. The elevation gained is the equivalent of riding from sea level to the top of Mt. Whitey. Many started the ride, and some finished, but everyone had fun.
Tune in next week for the second installment of the Mudfoot Fundo One Hundo!
… This reminds me, I need coffee!
Some random riding in Los Angeles, brought to you by the Sleepers! Seriously, Ace, what’s this all about!?
Photo by Ace Carretero
Or just a bunch of people watching the eclipse with their bikes? You decide.
Ace from the Sleepers took some of Ty’s footage from his Mojave Road trip and made a quick video. While GoPro footage is typically boring, this is actually a really great watch.
Chris Skogen (the organizer of the Almanzo Gravel 100) once said, “If only 10 percent of the people racing Almanzo would organize and throw a grassroots race, we would have a race to go to every weekend of the year.” It was the spirit of that statement that originally sparked the idea for the Mudfoot Hump Hundred last year and brought it back again this year.
Nearly half of this year’s 90 mile ride, called the Dirty Hundo, took place on steep, loose and rocky service roads in the Angeles Forest. The route wasn’t entirely out of the ordinary in terms of SoCal dirt rides, but it was special nonetheless, with some of my favorite views in the area.
When I found out that I couldn’t make it to the Mudfoot Dirty Hundo, I asked Kyle and Ace if they’d be willing to document the event. Sure enough, they pulled through in a big way. Both with a video and with a killer ride report which I’ll be posting later today.
For now, check out this awesome video Ace edited of he and Kyle’s footage from the ride.
Los Angeles bike crew Trophy Club take us on a two-wheel adventure (with a few special guests).
This is so rad Ace! Great job dude…
“1,300 miles of climbing mountains, swimming in rivers,talking to strangers, keeping journals, camping in forests, and getting lost; this is Summer Champ.”
Do you have the touring bug yet?
Photo by Ace Carretero
The homies in Los Angeles are always up to some good:
“The Department of Art and Design at Azusa Pacific University presents High Water,a solo exhibition and large scale screen-printing workshop by Devon Tsuno. In his first body of work using risograph and screen-printing processes, High Water is an educational exhibition, inaugurating the first in a series of new Windgate Workshops hosted by the Department of Art and Design.
For over a decade, Tsuno has wandered the San Gabriel River drainage system, a stone’s throw from the APU campus, documenting the disjunctive economic and topographic relationship between streams and rock quarries. The product of this disjunctive relationship has created an area of “hard-rock” quarry mining water flowing through a “managed” natural landscape.
Tsuno will collaborate and create works with students, using a large-scale format 60 x 84 inch screen print, on handmade Japanese Kochi Mashi Washi paper. This will provide students the opportunity to learn through real world work experience. The new workshop is made possible with generous support from the Windgate Foundation and presents students with the unique opportunity to work side-by-side with professional artists like Tsuno, by collaborating, discussing and creating tangible works.”
We all ride bikes but it’s what we do to occupy ourselves in the meantime that defines us. Love this video!