Five questions... On Where The Trail Ends

Andreu Lacondeguy poses for a portrait during the filming of Where the Trail Ends in Utah, USA
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Lacondeguy, Zink, Doerfling, Sorge and director Jeremy Grant answer a fistful of queries

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Andreu Lacondeguy, Cameron Zink, James Doerfling, Kurtis Sorge and director Jeremy Grant answer five film-related posers...

Andreu Lacondeguy

What's your favourite part of the movie?
It's cool to see how different parts of the world and its people can be. We went to the craziest places on Earth just to ride a bike and film a movie... It's a great feeling!

What segment was the most challenging to film?
I wasn`t there but the whole filmmaking crew and all the riders say that Nepal was the most challenging. The riding in the movie is insane, but being out there in those conditions makes the riding way harder!

What was your scariest moment?
Trying a double backflip after knocking myself out trying the same jump and trick 20 minutes before.

What did you get out of the overall experience?
I learnt a lot. I would say that it's been the bigest learning experience of my life!

Would you do it again?

I would for sure do it again!

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Cam Zink relaxes during the filming of Where the Trail Ends in Utah, USA.
Cameron Zink on a time out on Where The Trail Ends© Blake Jorgenson/Red Bull Content Pool

Cameron Zink

What's your favourite part of the movie?
China was definitely my favorite part of the movie. I didn't get to go on the first trip, but once we started finding some new zones everything culminated. That place is the perfect mix of big mountain lines where no work is needed to ride, plus all the drops and harder- packed features among it all. It's the perfect place to ride but incredibly hard to get there.

What segment was the most challenging to film?
Nepal was the hardest with it taking five days to even get to where we wanted to to ride - which ended up being horrible. My bike was lost and was somehow delivered to me 4 days after we got to Kathmandu by a porter who I never saw; it was just dropped in the middle of a village and waited for me!

What was your scariest moment?
My scariest moment was my first line in China. I couldn't breathe after crashing, my face started to turn purple and I thought I broke my back and some ribs. After not being able to catch my breath for over an hour, until some painkillers kicked in and we got to the hospital, I found out I had nothing broken. I took a day off and went on to have some of the best riding of my life after that.

What did you get out of the overall experience?
The harder you suffer; the more you smile

Would you do it again?
Definitely. Just give me a few months to catch my breath!

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Kurt Sorge rides during the filming of Where the Trail Ends in Nepal
Kurt Sorge gets some air on Where The Trail Ends© Blake Jorgenson/Red Bull Content Pool

Kurtis Sorge

What's your favourite part of the movie?
Well I've not yet seen the movie, but I trust the boys at Freeride Ent. and I've been holding out to see the movie for the first time in Vegas for the world premiere.

What segment was the most challenging to film?
All the trips were very challenging but if I had to pick one I would say our trip to Virgin, Utah. Not only was it 40 plus degrees out, but we were eaten alive by the bugs!

What was your scariest moment?
The scariest moment I had was probably when I crashed in Bug Water, Utah, and had to go to the hospital because I thought I had hurt my back pretty bad... no fun.

What did you get out of the overall experience?
I have gotten more then I could have ever imagined out of this project. I have seen and ridden places in the world I never thought I would and I got to do it all with a great group of friends!

Would you do it again?
In a heartbeat!

 

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James Doerfling performs during the filming of Where the Trail Ends in Turpan, Xinjiang, China
It's all downhill for James Doerfling© John Wellburn/Red Bull Content Pool

James Doerfling

What's your favourite part of the movie?
My favorite part of the movie is probably the Fraser River segment, just knowing that it's right by my hometown gets me fired up.

What segment was the most challenging to film?
I think most of the trips I went on were pretty equal in the sense of going there and having to find and build all your lines in a certain timeframe.

What was your scariest moment?
Probably when one of our drivers in China clipped a car on the highway right I front of us. They weren't going slow either!

What did you get out of the overall experience?
The fact that we rode lines all over the world that no one will probably ever ride again is a pretty unreal feeling

Would you do it again?
Hell yeah

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The camera crew reviews the slow-motion footage during the filming of Where the Trail Ends in British Columbia, Canada
Filming Where The Trail Ends© John Gibson/Red Bull Content Pool

Jeremy Grant – Director

What's your favourite part of the movie?
We wanted to make sure each segment had its own feel and elements that added to the entire story, but the stand-out segment for me was Nepal. That trip was was so much work and so exhausting that it made the simplest thing seem amazing and I really think that came through in the segment.

What segment was the most challenging to film?
The most challenging segment would have to be Turpan, China, in the Gobi Desert. There is so much red tape over there and the region we were in was very politically sensitive. We had police following us around and had to show the military our footage to prove we were shooting mountain biking and nothing political.

What was your scariest moment?
The scariest moments were the crashes in the remote regions away from roads and hospitals. All the riders went for it and with that comes some serious crashes in places where there is no help for miles. There were a lot of trips to the hospital during the project, so many that we actually cut some from the film to make sure the story didn't get repetitive.

What did you get out of the overall experience?
I got a lot out of this project both personally and as a filmmaker. Personally, it was Just awesome to get to go to all these amazing locations with such a great crew of people. As a filmmaker, it was an incredible opportunity to tell the story of what these guys go though to ride landscapes that have never been ridden.

Would you do it again?
We are already throwing the idea around for a sequel to WTTE but the scary thing about that will be pushing further than we did with this film. During this project, we pushed ourselves as deep as we could into some of the most remote regions we could find and to have to outdo that will be an exciting challenge. We have some pretty good ideas already though.

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