Your average shred edit begins its three minutes and seventeen seconds with a steely-eyed athlete scanning dew-covered hillside under golden-hour soft light before dropping into a perfectly manicured section of trail. Dirt is roosted in slow motion. whips are whipped inches from camera lenses, and our hero finally spills out onto a fire road as the camera pans up to the still-rising sun to provide contrast for the sponsor’s logo. It all happens flawlessly and in real time, and is a completely accurate representation of what professional riders do and how they behave on any early morning ride.
Or, that’s what we want you to think. Truth is, most riders, even professional riders, probably would rather wait until after the sun has risen to hit the trails, most don’t look stoically into the distance at every peak, and most would prefer to be miles from the nearest camera. Trek gravity athlete, Steffi Marth and filmmaker Mateo Rueger are here to pull back the curtain on the shred edit.