Find a place inside where there's joy
"Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain."
Jason Marlow drops a line to his friend and cyclist Kristian House. The idea is simple, as film maker Jason W. Marlow explains: "I love bikes. I love riding them even more. It's not only the physical challenge that hooks me, but the emotional growth that comes with it. Joseph Campbell's quote struck me and served as inspiration for the video. In some ways the pain becomes the joy. It's the suffering on the bike that can help to burn off the pains of life out of the saddle."
"I'm a huge fan of climbing, and there are few things as satisfying as topping out on a climb after having given it your all. It's in those moments that I find the greatest clarity. It flows over into my work as a film maker, my personal life, and encourages me to go after even greater challenges. One of those challenges is trying to keep up with Kristian! One of these days..."
Austin based in the winter and Cheshire based in the race season, Kristian House returns to the Tour of Britain for a fifth consecutive time. His palmares of the race includes King of Mountains jersey holder, breakaway supremo and several top ten GC finishes. "When Jason told me he wanted to make a video, he explained the concept and I thought yeh, let's give it a go. I turned up to the filming location and it took me by surprise. I thought it would be a mate and a car, but it was a twelve person crew, a truck and a crane. One of the guys works on Bond films and I've never seen someone reverse a seven ton truck as fast as he did down a dusty 3/4 mile road.
For Jason it makes the possibilities for future films very exciting "this was the first time I’d ever used a crane and stabilized head, so now I see the potential for what can be done. It’s exciting to think of what this will lead to, can’t wait to do it again."
Talking about Britain's biggest stage race, Kristian explained "It is another tough year; the final stage in Guildford is an interesting one especially with the cobbles in the town centre. My mum went to nursing school in Guildford, so I'd like to do well there."
"I've been training in Italy around the Stelvio, in August we raced at the Vuelta Leon UCI stage race in Spain and also competed in France. The climbs at this years race aren't as long as on the continent, but that will suit me much more as they are punchier."
The Tour of Britain runs from 9th-16th September across eight stages.
Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and World Champion Mark Cavendish have declared their intentions to ride the race.