If you haven’t recently been out for a ride just for the joy of floating through the lanes, taking in the scenery and feeling the wind on your face, this lovely, contemplative short film will make you want to do just that.
It’s a family effort. Filmed and edited by Brandon Neubert and starring and narrated by his mother Lisa Neubert, The Quiet Season is a gentle celebration, partly of autumn, but mostly of the joy of riding in the countryside and experiencing the environment by blending into it as you can only do on a bike.
Lisa Neubert also wrote the evocative piano music that’s the film’s soundtrack. She sounds like a fairly useful cyclist too: she’s completed the 206-mile LoToJa Bicycle Classic from Logan, UT to Jackson Hole, WY on a tandem with her husband, Reed, and made the podium a couple of times in local races.
The Quiet Season - best enjoyed full screen in HD with good speakers
When he dropped us a note about the film, Brandon said: “It's about cycling, and how it really brings the world around us to life. It's a beautiful film and has been by far my favorite project to work on.
“I took the project on after my mother wrote me about her cycling adventures during the autumn season. Iloved it so much that I kept the letter for two years, planning and contemplating how I would even pull this off.
“This isn't a film I want lost in the endless world of YouTube - I think that a lot of cyclists can connect with the thoughts and feelings expressed in the film. Cycling truly is a beautiful lifestyle.”
It’s also a major inspiration for Lisa in creating her music. On her BandCamp page, Lisa says: “I enjoy writing music that comes from my love of beautiful things and places. And birds. Penguins. And bikes. Especially bikes.”
John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.
He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.
Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.
John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.
He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.