Video: Dean Lucas’s Australian Coaching Floor – Chasing Path Ep. 32

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Video: Dean Lucas's Australian Training Ground - Chasing Trail Ep. 32
Phrases by Dean Lucas

As I stepped off the airplane again onto Australian soil in late March I used to be met with a sure worrying calmness within the crowds of individuals alongside me. I had simply come from the canceled World Cup in Portugal the place a slight however plain pressure combined with panic was within the air, this nonetheless appeared to cease once I disembarked in Sydney.

I felt as if I alone was conscious of one thing, like I used to be dwelling two weeks into the longer term and had seen what was to come back earlier than anybody else.

It was like I used to be on the Titanic watching the approaching iceberg and all I might do was await the influence.

It had already been a particular 12 months for me. Months of coaching have been behind me, and I had simply determined to select up my complete life and transfer in pursuit of reaching a lifelong objective. I moved out of my home and scattered all my belongings all through members of the family that will take care of them, an enormous endeavor however all price it to present me one of the best probability I might to coach and be round different riders reminiscent of Jack Moir.

In a sudden and abrupt vogue, every little thing was up within the air which took an enormous psychological toll on me and had me asking many questions, most notably, “what’s next?”

I felt as if I had been put right into a pressured retirement with no sight of popping out anytime quickly, together with {that a} sense of misplaced identification.

Regardless of how onerous I attempted to shake it and pull myself again as much as the excessive I used to be on going into Portugal, I simply couldn’t.

Because of this, as soon as I obtained again to Australia, I made a decision to go away my new discovered coaching floor of Newcastle and return house to Victoria to be round household to try to make sense of this complete factor.

Upon returning house, I nonetheless couldn’t change my inside dialogue, questions always spinning round in my head. “What’s going to happen now? Where will I live? How long will this last?”

I used to be in a relentless state of concern that was in the end crippling my happiness and method of being.

I knew one thing needed to dramatically change in my mindset and look at of the scenario so I did what anybody ought to do in a scenario like this- I made a decision on specializing in the issues that have been in my management and that make me completely happy whereas additionally blocking out the issues that have been having a damaging influence on me.

So, a day after returning house from Europe I packed my van with per week’s price of provides, deleted all my social media apps and headed to a location that holds a really particular place in my coronary heart, Mt. Buffalo.

Once I arrived on the foothill of the mountain my temper started to shift nearly instantaneously, as if all of the noise round me had begun to fade from a determined yell of panic to a mild whisper of hope.

It was nearly as if I had instantly turned down the quantity on all of the damaging exterior forces being projected onto me, giving me the time and readability to cease, breathe and take a look at the larger image together with the brand new alternatives that had simply offered themselves.

This wasn’t one thing I assumed would change as rapidly because it did in my thoughts however I’m so grateful it did, to not take a look at it as if I had misplaced one thing however as an alternative as if I had gained a lot extra. Specializing in all of the positives and throwing away all of the damaging feelings can change every little thing in your thoughts.

After per week of full isolation and deep ideas a brand new alternative instantly offered itself within the type of a spot to reside and new housemate, that place being Falls Creek and that good friend being Joe McDonald.

Though Joe and I have been fairly shut we most likely weren’t two and a half months of strong isolation shut…but.

What ensued throughout these two and a half months can solely be described as life-changing for all the appropriate causes. We turned a time of uncertainty and concern into absolutely the time of our lives.

From exploring untouched locations to assembly up with new likeminded individuals it appeared as if we had created the proper storm for what was to come back.

Throughout this time I used to be fortunate sufficient to fulfill up with an previous good friend of mine Jarryd Sinclair. Over time we had shared many mutual associates however had by no means been tremendous shut, I knew he’d concerned himself within the media world and he knew I had labored myself into a great spot with my using so he determined to method me with an concept to collaborate on a media challenge.

I knew a few of Jarryd’s previous work and the extent at which he operated so I jumped on the alternative and the planning started.

Together with Jarryd I used to be additionally launched by way of mutual associates to Riley Mathews, a skier from Falls Creek that usually chases winters as I chase summers.

Seeing as that wasn’t doable at this cut-off date he determined to take up pictures and in flip grew to become the lacking piece to our puzzle.

As soon as we had the crew collectively and the idea of filming three completely different SCOTT bikes in three fully completely different areas inside 100km’s of one another, it was time to go, however the place to first?

That was simple, again to the place this sequence of unusual occasions first led me, Mt Buffalo.

Once we arrived I couldn’t assist however suppose again to once I was right here at first of the pandemic and the way issues had drastically modified since then, from not understanding what was to come back and feeling a way of being misplaced to now diving in head first into my largest media challenge up to now alongside two unbelievable human beings – what a surreal feeling.

The primary of the three bikes we shot was the SCOTT Addict RC, one of many nicest highway bike I’ve ever seen not to mention been given the prospect to journey.

As capturing started we performed round with completely different strategies and new concept on easy methods to get one of the best photographs, finally we discovered the ace up our sleeve, we strapped Jarryd into the again of my van connected to knight browsing harness, armed with a gimbal and Riley behind the wheel we have been in a position to get among the smoothest photographs I’ve ever seen alongside the bike.

After reviewing the footage, it didn’t look actual, prefer it was a part of a online game or one thing filmed by a high-end manufacturing with a 100ok funds – not dangerous for a few guys in a van!

After all of the photographs have been completed we determined to camp that night time up on the horn, (the very best level of Mt. Buffalo) because of the truth we have been nonetheless in a semi-state of lockdown there was not a single different soul up there apart from us, pure peace and quiet hung within the gentle cool mountain air as we watched the solar set on a profitable first day.

Nearly as rapidly as we had watched the solar set it felt like we have been watching it rise once more, a four am begin together with a small stroll obtained us to the height of the mountain to seize that elusive golden mild that any respectable movie maker would commerce his or her grandmother for.

After we obtained the photographs and Jarryd and Riley have been grinning ear to ear it was time to shoot the Downhill.

A small drive noticed us depart the attractive “Jurassic Park style” Mt. Buffalo and arrive at our new location, Mt. Mystic overlooking the small vacationer city of Vibrant. As I unloaded my new SCOTT Gambler out of the van I couldn’t assist however smile, this was my first time using downhill in months together with using a very new bike defiantly instilled a way of pleasure combined with nerves.

I discover that racing and filming are two very comparable issues, though with filming you solely must be quick for 10 seconds at a time in comparison with Three minutes. That being stated, you need to be excellent for these 10 seconds and because of the smaller window your working with perfection is extra anticipated and the strain is simply as excessive.

As I pushed as much as get the primary shot my thoughts was full of doubt and pleasure all on the identical time, excited to be doing what I used to be doing however with a little bit of doubt manifesting from the truth that I haven’t ridden in so lengthy and never on this bike earlier than. I pushed 50m previous the place the boys have been located, took a deep breath and waited for the decision. Jarryd yelled out he was prepared and away I went down a steep rocky shoot and handed the boys.

Once I stopped so did all of the nerves and doubt, I felt superb straight of the bat and the doubt was rapidly changed with confidence, this was additional bolstered by the 2 onlooking boys who at this level had by no means seen me journey downhill, they’re response of pleasure and shock immediately fueled me to push more durable, and so I did.

Because the day rolled on hours felt extra like minutes and the sensation of starvation appeared to flee our our bodies though we hadn’t eaten for hours and had all been pushing ourselves the entire time.

We had discovered that notorious move state as a collective group and in that second we have been so dedicated in reaching a set objective that nothing else appeared to carry the identical weight because it usually would.

In these moments I believe it’s essential to cease and mirror on that actual cut-off date, and to understand that what you might be presently in the midst of is one thing which will have as soon as been perceived as an inconceivable dream that has now turn into a every day actuality.

In these actions it’s essential to remain humble.

One other unbelievable day of capturing was completed and dusted, that left us now with our final bike to seize and a very new location to go.

After one other sleep that was lower far too quick, we have been again within the vans racing the solar as we approached the highest of Falls Creek.

Once we lastly reached the summit we did handle to beat the solar, sadly although our worth for that was an icy chilly wind that lower by way of you want a Japanese knife by way of paper.

All of us huddled in my van for shelter and as we labored out our choices and plan of assault for coping with the sturdy winds and lack of visibility. We determined to begin additional down the path, utilizing the encircling hills as a slight cowl from the vicious wind. As soon as we have been out of the wind and fog it appeared to tackle a brand new identification, from chilly hindering enemy to a now artistic useful good friend the wind and fog had fully remodeled inside a distance of some hundred meters and the blokes couldn’t get sufficient of it.

We used the fog together with the encircling barren panorama to seize among the most cinematic photographs you might ever ask for. As soon as the fog began to dissipate and morning slowly rolled into noon we determined we had earned a fast energy nap, that fast nap become a 3-hour sleep on the grass within the sizzling solar, it was honest to say all of us have been fairly worn out by this level.

As we woke to a hazy daze, we slowly pulled ourselves collectively and obtained every little thing prepared for the ending touches.

We made our method over to Mt. Mackay, as we reached the highest you might see for miles and miles over the Kiewa Valley and together with every of the areas we had beforehand shot at. Mt. Buffalo, Mystic and Falls Creek all sat completely nonetheless on the horizon as we captured the ultimate photographs and accomplished this really superb challenge.

This time, the thought of “what’s next” was gladly welcomed into my thoughts with nice pleasure and anticipation, I’d been given the time to mirror on what was really essential to me and regained the motivation to try in the direction of that.

Now going into 2021 I really feel as if I’m using a wave of momentum created over the previous 10 years, all the great, the dangerous, ups, downs, crashes, wins, individuals, locations and tradition I’ve encountered alongside this journey has led me so far now.

So, what’s subsequent?

Doing every little thing humanly doable to make the dream turn into a actuality and turning into one of the best on the planet at racing my bike and within the course of inspiring others to do the identical

Video: Jarryd Sinclair
Images: Jarryd Sinclair / Riley Matthews

Many due to Experience Excessive Nation

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