As an armchair trail runner I come across a lot of video by enthusiastic amateurs and by professional PR machines. For those in the know, the words Kilian and Salomon will be enough. Although I feel that lots of what’s entering the public domain is garbage I don’t complain about it, an argument I made earlier here and here. The arm-chair psychologists among you will think that I am doing exactly that by denying it time and again, and you’re obviously right, the point rather being that I shouldn’t complain because I keep watching. But that’s the human condition, so live with it.
Anyway, I enjoy watching them but I haven’t come across anything that awes me. Moving images that actually move, visual art that does what art is supposed to do, add to reality. Let me give you an example of a sports video that lives up to my standards. Now, why doesn’t it surprise me that the video below is about cycling? Is it because this much maligned sport also resulted in writing that is so much superior to anything on paper about running thus far that there is just no comparison (the rider)?
It’s the short version of a film festival film about the 2011 Tour of Rwanda, a multi-day over 900 kilometers.