After the crew wrapped, we spent some time chatting with Ryan talking about what it’s like having to fulfill these types of trips on a regular basis.
TLW: Are there ever days when you’re just not feeling it but you still have to be out on trail waiting for cameramen to yell “Go” or “No”?
R-Dog: Not necessarily. I’ve always said I would rather hike a trail 100 times before I did one contest run. It’s part of the job and usually you hit a section better every time so it’s worth it.
TLW: What’s the hardest part about creating content like this?
Keeping stuff original is the goal but sometimes for shoots like this it’s more about the product than the riding. We got pretty lucky on this shoot tho. Sick loamy singletrack with a rad crew so I feel like we did pretty well!
TLW: What is your favorite part about these types of projects?
Road tripping with the homies exploring new trails. I really like riding in new spots and see what these towns and trail systems have to offer.
TLW: I’ve heard some actors don’t watch movies that they’ve acted in. Do you watch all the videos you appear in when they launch to the world?
Ehhh most of the times I watch the video before it’s released to make sure I am happy with my riding. Don’t really want any B grade material out there. But as long as it looks fun I’m usually content!
TLW: How do you schedule these trips in with all your other obligations?
I’m a pretty last minute kinda dude. I try not to plan a head a ton so when I get calls from Chuch a week before asking if I can go on a shoot in a couple days, I’m available.
TLW: None of you had been to this location before shooting, what did you think of the riding there?
It was sweet. Pretty fast ripping single track in Mackenzie River. Then we moved onto Rogue River which was a super fun flow trail built by Randy Spangler. From there we spent the rest of the trip in Ashland Oregon which is always a treat. Wild Bill showed us the goods and we ended with a trail called Time Warp. The trail name speaks for itself I’d say.
TLW: What was the most memorable part of the trip?
A.T. bringing a Tinder chick home, well, back to the RV, haha.
TLW: I definitely tested the Sixer’s protection capabilities after fatigue led to a boner move, what has your experience been with the helmet so far?
I’ve never really been a fan of wearing trail helmets cuz they look weird and never really fit my head. But when I first tried the Sixer I was convinced that this was the right trail helmet for me. Plus the Fasthouse color scheme is dope!
TLW: What do you like best about the new Sixer?
The Fasthouse colorway as well as the different options of adjustments on the lid. Bell really thought this one through!
TLW: We heard about some cool new projects with Bell and Fasthouse, your new clothing sponsor. Can you elaborate on those at all?
Just gonna be traveling around with some dudes that really like to ride bikes and have a good time and look good while doing it! Just gonna keep things fun and fresh so hopefully people will be stoked on it. I know we are!
Ride or die,