AND JUST GET LOST
A RARE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE WORLD’S FASTEST DOWNHILLERS TO LET GO OF THEIR SURGICAL PRECISION
“We get paid to be fast,” says Bruni. “We are seen as racers, so we don’t have any opportunity to show anything else, or even to practice anything else.”
As a result, the subtleties of their skills are largely hidden from the public eye, concealed by the inevitable constraints of fixed camera positions alongside racetracks. This is something a veteran crew of World Cup filmers and photographers, known as Steel City Media and Creative Concept, is looking to change with their forthcoming film, “Gamble.”
Envisaged as a showcase of DH racers’ raw talent, “Gamble” represents a rare opportunity for the world’s fastest downhillers to let go of their surgical race precision and just get loose. To air out those jumps they habitually scrub. To hold massive manuals through hectic rhythm sections. And to throw huge roosts, just for the joy of it.
“These are the fastest guys in the world, and they’re the best at what they do,” says Joe Bowman, the nucleus of Steel City Media. “For them, racing is everything, and most of them haven’t really taken the time to do film projects. We want to show people how amazing these guys’ skills actually are.”
The list of talent in “Gamble,” scheduled to premiere on April 13 in Steel City’s hometown of Sheffield, England, reads like a Who’s Who of Speed. Stalwarts such as Minnaar, the winningest male DH racer of all time. Legendary personalities like Steve Peat, Josh Bryceland and Brendan Fairclough—three troupe members who have actually dedicated time to film projects in the past. Rounding out the roster are standouts like Phil Atwill, Sam Blenkinsop, Craig Evans, Connor Fearon, Finn Iles, Brook Macdonald and Mark Wallace, former teammate of the late Steve