“For the Privateers project I wanted to do something different to the standard Mountainbike film. A film where it isn’t just the top five or so guys being followed, instead, looking into those who are aiming to be the best they can. I wanted to take a step back and look at the riders who aren’t sponsored such as Luke, Jon and Mark. When I was selecting these riders I wanted them to have an interesting story that would relate to fellow Mountainbikers.
Luke, is a fast dedicated junior who is looking to pursue downhilling as a career and has had to make some significant choices to be able to do so. Jon on the other hand is 30, and is getting back into the sport after riding cross country for the last 10 years. Jon was once like Luke, a junior downhiller with potential but maybe not enough motivation at the time. Returning for another crack he is now looking to be competitive, in a field that is probably tougher than ever. Mark, a rider that probably best relates with most riders out there. A worker during the week but loves to ride on the weekends and have fun with mates. This by no means he is any less competitive when he shows up in the start hut.”
Words : Joe Killen,(Eastern Edge Films)