Kenny Belaey’s Big Time (1/3)

Kenny Belaey’s Big Time (1/3)

Monday 11 January 2010
by Ben Swales
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Belgian rider Kenny Belaey is an international competitor with an enormous trophy cabinet who has won no less than three World Championships and six World Cups this decade. This year the Monty / Redbull rider came second in the World Championship in Australia before going on to win the World Cup in New Zealand. He is the UCI’s No. 1 seed.

Kenny Belaey is also a rider who works hard to give trials a more professional image and a bigger audience, both in the media and at the many events throughout the year. We informed you in March of an ambitious project that Kenny was undertaking with the Extreme Sports Channel, a massive and unprecedented project for the sport: in its tenth year the channel has produced a comprehensive documentary on trials and on Kenny. “Kenny Belaey’s Big Time” is a three-part documentary produced and presented by Kenny himself that plunges us into the heart of the discipline! Extreme followed Kenny throughout the 2009 season (almost seven months of filming) to film his competitions, training and trips around the world (Spain, England – where he went to London for the biggest street ride in the world – and the USA), where he met some legends of the sport, including Hans “No Way” Rey, Ot Pi, Dave Mirra, Jeff Lenosky, Aaron Chase and Danny Macaskill! This allowed Kenny to look back at the history and fabulous progression of the sport. The documentary also shows that trials is an important skill at the basis of many other MTB disciplines and that it has become a truly professional sport. Three 25 minute episodes were produced and shown in 55 countries to 23 million viewers – a big first for the trials world! The first episode went out on the 6th of December in the UK and will be shown in France from the 2nd t the 6th of January at 07.30, 14.30 and 17.30.

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The first episodes are already available online, uploaded by Andy Green. It looks at the history of the sport, beginning with a visit chez Belaey, then a trip to Barcelona, where it all began. Stunning scenery, meetings and interviews with some of the sports big names (Pere Pi, Ot Pi, Cesar Canas, Dani Comas, Toni Bou, Albert Cabestany) and of course, some incredible riding on street and natural. More info on the series can be found on the site Kennybelaeysbigtime.com!

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