AND JUST GET LOST

A RARE OP­POR­TU­NITY FOR THE WORLD’S FASTEST DOWN­HILLERS TO LET GO OF THEIR SUR­GI­CAL PRE­CI­SION

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“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

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