I don’t think there’s a single person who visits this site that will argue with the fact that Deluxe won the internet this week. I’ve always been really stoked on what the brand is about, and I’m glad to see the ethos that Mark Noble created still lives on in Deluxe’s current ownership. For this week’s flashback I wanted to revisit the early days of the brand, more specifically their first full length video release, 2010’s “Welcome to Deluxe”!
Last night I started seeing rumors floating around social media that the legendary trails that are Chertsey were no more. There seemed to be some disagreement as to whether they were already gone or not so I wanted to hold off on posting anything until I actually saw something about it from a local. That came today, and the word is that the trails are indeed going to be plowed by the land owner due to insurance reasons. Having never actually been to Chertsey I can only speak about the place as an outside observer. It was definitely a spot that was always on my bucket list to visit, and a place that I firmly believe earned the right to be called legendary. I remember seeing videos from there during the mid to late 2000s and being absolutely blown away by the place. They were big, they were fast, and the locals rode them in a way that reminded you of why you got into riding trails in the first place. There were plenty of edits that came out from Chertsey over the years, but for me the one above is what always comes to mind whenever I hear the name. Ride UK put together a proper tribute to Chertsey with loads of pics and videos that you can check out HERE. I definitely suggest that you do yourself a favor and take a look. I’m absolutely gutted to see yet another spot of that stature go.
I already had something picked out for this week’s flashback, then Joe had to go and mess up those plans by posting this gem on Veloup. I really hope one day he does eventually upload all the Prettyshady stuff with some words about each section. I can’t even believe that it’s seriously been a decade since some of those videos came out. Click here for his thoughts on this one.
Figured I’d sneak a flashback post in before this day expires. This one features the legendary Chertsey Trails from way back in 2007. I’m undecided as to whether it has the best soundtrack of all time or the worst soundtrack of all time. I’ll let you be the judge of that!
Flashing back to 2008 with this Fly Bikes UK trip edit. There’s some good stuff from the Shotgun Trails (the UK version) and Chertsey in here, but there is one problem. You can’t skip ahead! Don’t even try, because it will take you right back to the beginning! I didn’t even know that was an option you had when setting up Vimeo vids, and I damn sure don’t know why the hell you would exercise that option for a BMX edit. Oh well, you’ll have to sit through a bit of bowl riding between the trail parts. Could be worse!
Seb Yates’ latest edit definitely didn’t get the love it deserved. Probably cause I posted it when the majority of the world was fast asleep. It’s one of the better edits to drop this year and deserves a re-up fosho. Watch it, get stoked, and go roast some jumps! Or if you’re in my situation, go build some jumps since the rain shut down any chance of riding.
This certainly came as a pleasant late night surprise. Well it actually came out this morning but I’m just now discovering it thanks to The Union. Seb Yates hit up numerous drool inducing UK spots for this edit. Wisley, Chertsey, Leatherhead, just to name a few. I had to watch this one twice. Once to devote my full attention to the trails themselves, and another time to devote my attention to Seb shredding them.
I’m not taking it as far back as I usually do for Flashback Friday this week, but this is still one of my favorite trail edits of all time. I used to always joke that someone should use that Kate Bush song in an edit, and then three years ago this popped up. Chertsey was looking as good as ever and the song worked perfectly!
This has been a damn good day for trails videos! First “The Black Magic Sessions” and now Segment Clothing‘s full length “Trails is Shouting” release from their 2008 UK trails trip. You know this is a good one with the rider list including the likes of Darin Read, Scott Edgworth, Matt Priest, Arrash Saidi, Rikki Gunner, Robin Fenlon, Bob Manchester, Lima, Dean Mayo, Max Wood, and more. It’s still a bit early here but this one is definitely worth cracking a beer and watching on the big screen.