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You know that feeling you get when you’re riding a new trail for the first time, and everything just sort of clicks? When you’re forced to truly focus on the trail and move instinctually in a new-to-you environment? That’s what Brice Shirbach is attempting to capture with his latest video series.
These aren’t clips of trails that Brice has ridden enough times to know each move by heart. Instead, this is Brice going out to a trail that he’s never ridden before, and attempting to ride it at speed with “one take” edits to document the process.
The first video of the series focuses on Boulder, Colorado and Lefthand Canyon. Next up? Brice heads to Durango, Colorado.
The Sight Unseen series captures Pivot Cycles’ athlete Brice Shirbach’s passion for riding blind, with stunning “one take” edits from Colorado’s Front Range. Any first run on a trail – let alone a first run at top speed – brings the rider closer to flow state: feeling the trail, reacting, connecting with honed intuition, the senses sharpened by the vulnerability of unknown turns. The first edit in the series, “Sight Unseen: Boulder”, reveals a rowdy corner of the Rockies, hidden in urban Boulder’s backyard.
“With the “Sight Unseen” concept, we’re really leaning into Brice’s strengths as an explorer”, says Pivot Athlete Coordinator Rachel Wehn. “He does an amazing job leading his audience through an experience.” Brice and his filmers set an ambitious goal to tell the story of an all-out first attempt, which often brings the adrenaline rush and peak experiences that so many of riders seek on their mountain bikes.
Brice and Pivot will continue to travel to more destinations and tackle new trails, “Sight Unseen”. Next stop: Durango Colorado.