This spring, I had the opportunity to do something pretty special. I rode my mountain bike in an online commercial for the new Microsoft Windows Phone. Not only did I get a part in the commercial, but myself and fellow rider, Billy Lewis, were the main stars!
The shoot was held at a freeride mountain bike park in Issaquah Washington called Duthie Hill. The park boasts dozens of jump lines in the trees, pumptracks, and a dual slalom course.
Of course, the chance of getting a sunny April day in the Pacific NW was pretty slim and the weather report looked grim leading up to our shoot. But Mother Nature delivered and dealt us beautiful sunny day with perfectly tacky dirt for our eight-hour sesh.
Leading up to the big day, I wasn’t sure quite what to expect. Would there be makeup and hairstylists? Would there be an on-set spread of snacks and finger foods? Well, I guess I’ll have to wait for my big break in Hollywood to experience those luxuries. This shoot was basic and pretty straightforward— which kept things comfortable and fun.
Three things really stoked me out:
- Mountain biking, out of all sports, was chosen for this mainstream ad and included a female—me!
- They just wanted to show us having fun—no death defying moves here.
- They recorded everything (audio & visual) with the phone they were propping!
We weren’t given prior insight into the commercial’s content. We were simply told to ride our bikes and do what we do … so that’s pretty much what happened!
I was lucky to have a great partner for the job. Billy is an extremely stylish rider and I had a blast sessioning with him. He inspires me to throw my bike around and go high! It was a fun day riding together and, just as the rain began to fall, we wrapped up the job with celebratory beers at the pub.
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