Man, what a blast this was. I'd been trying to shoot it since I heard about it a few years back, and I finally got in on the last sesh of the year.
Before I met with founder/organizer/main dude Steve Roche to talk about how we were going to document this thing, I had a whole treatment fleshed out in my brain about a short film revolving around him, the history of the ride, and his motivations for starting it. Steve was open to the idea, but I could tell he wanted the focus to be on the ride, and not so much himself. In so many words, he told me the ride had evolved into something bigger than he had ever imagined, and it was the real story here.
We recorded an audio interview, and I'd hoped to lay some of what Steve said underneath footage of the ride, but it just didn't work great in the edit. For me, the ride was this euphoric two-hour blur; one of those unforgettable summer nights that feels like a dream when you think back to it. I wanted the piece to reflect that feeling as much as possible. Before editing this, I'd used like three crossfades in my entire "career," must have used 10 times that in this piece. There were just too many beautiful smiling faces, and boobs, and buns, and bikes, and shots of the city, and the party; had to smear it all together to make it work.
Anyway, I still wanted to share some of the great things Steve had to say: