Six mountain bike athletes have been handed a camera and given free reign to share their storytelling skills with the mountain bike community. Together with a team of riders and videographers, they have from today until August 4 to craft a four to six-minute video to be screened at the Whistler Olympic Plaza during Crankworx on August 11. The short films will be judged by a panel of experts with cash prizes for first ($5,000), second ($3,000) and third place ($2,000)
The six athletes are:
Kyle Norbraten: One of the three members of the Coastal Crew, a Red Bull Rampage contestant and all-round Mr. Nice Guy for Specialize Bikes, Kyle has teamed up with last year’s winning filmmaker, Matt Dennison.
Rémy Métailler: This fast Frenchman has more lines around the bike park than most people think possible. Expect the unexpected and be ready for machine gun speed and (trail) destruction.
Charlie Sponsel: Professional downhill racer, reluctant enduro racer, renowned blogger and enfant terrible. The question on many peoples’ lips will be: What will he say or do this time?
Jesse Melamed: A born-and-raised Whistler local who is inching up the ranks in the Enduro World Series as part of the Rocky Mountain-Urge enduro team, Jesse will bring a local’s appreciation and knowledge to the proceedings.
Yoann Barelli: A French transplant who now calls Whistler home, Barelli travels the world racing for the Giant Factory Racing team, and is always having fun, whether on or off his bike.
Sarah Leishman: Social media maven by trade, but professional athlete by design, Sarah is a maker and shaker with a keen eye for quality.
See what the judges are looking for with the defending Dirt Diaries champ: