Director Chris Cairns, who is repped by Partizan, has created a stunning short film to illustrate all the blood, sweat and tears (well, mainly sweat) of The Fireflies Tour.
Getting back to the film…it captures several of the riders in their own moment; agony as they grit their teeth to fight gravity on a rigorous ascent, fear of a terrifying descent, relief as they finally reach the peak, or glory as they cross the finish. It beautifully illustrates the Fireflies’ motto ‘FOR THOSE WHO SUFFER WE RIDE’.
Chris Cairns undertook the project of his own volition, calling in the favours of friends to help raise awareness of The FireFlies Tour, “I love the Fireflies. Unfortunately I can't ride with them this year so I decided to make a film to support their cause. I asked Fireflies old and new to help me and all gave freely of their time and knowledge.
“We shot a group of Fireflies, veterans and virgins, at 1000 frames per second to show, in detail, some of the sweating, spitting, and snotting that they experience as they make their way over the Alps. For everyone it's hard. For some it's a real struggle. This small physical effort is nothing when compared to what people suffering from Cancer have to endure. It's for these people that we ride our bikes.”
Directed & Produced by Chris Cairns
DP: Daniel Bronks
Art Director: Lou Corcoran
Makeup: Candy Alderson
FX: Machine Shop
Editor: Chris Cairns & Ross Hallard at Trim
Music: Handel's Sarabande