Clean, un blog et une vidéo

Clean 001

Tuesday 26 April 2011
by Ben Swales
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Mark Westlake is a well known member of the UK trials scene; he has been riding for years, is an active member of prominent trials forums and a key member of the Tarty Bikes team. He’s also a great photographer, up-and-coming video maker and an awesome street rider in his own right and was one of the first people to truly commit to brakeless trials.

His new blog, Clean, is fast becoming one of the most popular trials sites in the UK and with regular updates, great content and a fresh, ‘street’ look to it, using a typewriter or a biro to write each article and then posting the text as images, for example, it’s easy to see why! The aim of the blog is to expose and promote the thriving UK trials scene, focusing mainly on street trials for the moment, but with possible plans to include more ‘pure’ trials in the future. Mark’s been on the scene for years (with a few years out to ride BMX, which you can now see coming through in the way he rides his trials bike), so knows what he’s talking about, giving a valuable insight and a credible voice to what is perhaps the more underground side of the sport that we all love.

JPEG - 27.5 kb Mark has been working on a video, under the Clean banner, for a while now and with rumours and hype starting to build up on the forums, we were really excited to see it. Riders such as Ali C, Ben Rowlands, Mark himself and Joel Bennet, all stalwarts of the UK trials community, had all been under the lens, with Mark travelling the length and breadth of the country to ride and film for the video, so it was sure to be a great watch! Clean 001 was released a week ago and more than lived up to the hype! Filmed in black and white at a wide variety of locations, each cooler and more interesting than the next, and with a horde of creative and talented riders, the video has a real ‘community’ feel to it and the riding will leave your jaw on the floor in places! Ali C is definitely the hottest street rider out there at the moment – his vision and creativity, paired with an awesome talent for riding a bike, mean that he is a head and shoulders above basically any other rider out there. That’s not to take anything away from anyone else in the video, there isn’t a line or a move in there that didn’t impress us! Mark’s shots and editing are sublime as well, you can really see the BMX influence in his rolling shots and composure, a refreshing change from tripod/static shot based trials videos that we tend to see these days. Here’s hoping he brings out plenty more!

Mark explained the reasons behind the blog and the video on

JPEG - 55 kb I’ve been wanting my own spot on the internet for a while and I’ve now made it in the form of ’Clean’. Although it seems pretty street orientated at the moment it isn’t purely about that. There were plans for some more natural/comp guys to be involved but basically they’re a lot harder to work with.

Clean 001 was filmed from Jan-March 2011. Riders involved were Ali, Ben, Joel, Sam, Rowan, Danny, ’Cooky’ and Stan. Thanks to everyone who was involved in any way - including Inspired and Trialtech for making the best parts around, and too!

The reason Clean isn’t affiliated with anything (I know I mentioned TartyBikes/Trialtech/Inspired when it got put online, but that’s because without them it wouldn’t have worked at all) is that it’s basically my view of how I’d like things to be. I love watching Joel [Bennet], Ben [Rowlands]and Ali [Clarkson] ride, as well as all the people who made it into the video under the ’Friends’ banner. It seems like people don’t really know that there’s a really awesome street scene in the UK that’s been lurking under the radar for the past few years, so I wanted to bring that forward. I also like the way BMX and skating videos look (which also partially explains the use of fisheye and the shot choice for the most part), so I wanted to go down that sort of route as it seems to just work better for that type of riding. I really look up to people like Joe Cox (BMX rider and video maker who was behind Voices and Tomorrow We Work), so you can see their influence throughout my videos. I’m keen to try and experiment a bit more now though, so hopefully there’ll be enough diversity in future. I didn’t really want to split it all into rider sections because everyone seems to be influencing each other and it seemed odd to try and blank that out. A load of the footage from the video was filmed when everyone was just sessioning stuff, so I wanted to give it that vibe. Equally, the way that it was filmed was just random days at different places here and there, so I didn’t really want to tweak that either.

There’s nothing more to be said really, an awesome new website, an awesome new video and plenty of names to watch out for (if you weren’t already!).




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