19th July 2010
A PlanetSKI photographer witnessed a steep mountain bike crash during the making of a video for the Nissan Outdoor Games. Fortunately no lasting harm was done.
The end results of the films always look good but there can be a few spills along the way as they are made for the Nissan Outdoor Games.
5 teams spend 5 days making a video of 5 different sports; mountain biking, BASE jumping, climbing, kayaking and paragliding.
The photographer, Lisa Young, witnessed one such crash when she was out with Team Argon as they filmed the mountain biking section in Chamonix with local rider, Alix Bruel.
Lisa writes and takes photographs for us here at PlanetSKI and works with a range of top-brand publications.
She tells us what happened.
“Alix needed a steep ride to get enough speed up to then jump off the edge of a drop and land about 50 or 60 foot away. The team walked down the mountain to a point where they could film the jump and the cameramen and photographer spread themselves out to various vantage points so they could film the jump from all angles.
He took off down the mountain at speed, right along a ledge that had a huge drop. He reached his take off point, all went well and he looked impressive, but just on landing his front wheel dug into the soft ground and twisted around. He went over the top of his handle bars and flew a few feet before landing among large boulders at speed.
He was wearing a crash helmet, which probably saved his head from serious impact. He fell hard and didn’t move for about a minute, then sat up and slowly got to his feet with the help of the team and his friends, who were there to watch.
He was a little stunned and had grazes on his back and legs. Team Argon insisted he went to the local hospital for a check-up, as his memory was a little dodgy and they were concerned about concussion and his well-being.”
Team Argon filmed the jump and fall and used it in their film and stills slideshow.
Below is a photo gallery of a crash and we have some more of Lisa’s stunning images in the PlanetSKI photos of the week on the home page.
The following day Alix wanted to try the jump again, but it was too late as the editing process was well under way, and films had to be submitted by 8pm that day.
Lisa is an award-winning travel writer and photograher.
See her web site for more information and details about her work.