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Dispatches : May 2012

Around the World in a Timelapse

There's no shortage of epic timelapse videos popping up on Vimeo, but few chronicle their shots in a way that allows you to learn something. Photographer Sean F. White gathered footage in 24 countries on all seven continents over the course of six years to make Terra Sacra. He chronicled the sky moving over everything from penguins to pyramids, the changing light everywhere from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to Antarctica, and the different shadows cast by castles from Syria to Poland. How do I know all of this?

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Adventure Video of the Week: 'Huck'

To capture kayaker Evan Garcia dropping 70 feet off Outlet Falls, filmmaker Andy Maser and two friends set up four cameras for a day of shooting near White Salmon, Washington. The crew used a RED Scarlet, two Canon 7Ds, and a Go Pro to get the action shots they needed, but Maser was after more than simple paddle porn.  

"In the last 10 years, running big waterfalls has steadily consumed the public image of whitewater kayaking. Too frequently the highly skilled athletes that routinely paddle huge waterfalls safely are brushed off as crazy and reckless by those outside of the sport. At the same time, self-produced athlete media is dominated by partying and drunk-human-tricks," says Maser. "The goal of Huck was to strip all of that away and show the true essence of what it takes to paddle off of 70-plus-foot waterfalls on a regular basis."

In the 23-year-old Garcia, Maser knew he had the perfect character.

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Ryder Hesjedal Reflects on Winning the Giro d'Italia

Ryder on the podium in MilanHesjedal takes the trophy in Milan. Photo: Garmin-Barracuda

On Sunday, Ryder Hesjedal won the Giro d’Italia to become the first Canadian in history to stand atop a Grand Tour podium. The three-week race turned into a tense, tactical battle between Hesjedal and Spaniard Joaquim Rodríguez, with the two flip-flopping in and out of the race lead after Hesjedal first assumed control on the Stage 7 mountaintop finish at Rocca del Cambio.

The drama persisted all the way to the final day’s 28.2-kilometer individual time trial in Milan. Rodriguez started with a 31-second lead over the Canadian, but Hesjedal rode the course 47 seconds faster than the Spanish climber to take the overall title by a slim 16 seconds. It was the fourth smallest margin of victory in a Grand Tour in history. At one minute and 39 seconds back, Belgian Thomas de Gendt rounded out the podium.

It was the first Grand Tour victory for Hesjedal, as well as for his team, Garmin-Barracuda. Founded on a strong, anti-doping platform in 2007 by retired U.S. racer Jonathan Vaughters, Garmin has long been considered a model for clean racing. Overall victory at one the world’s biggest bike races is sure to be seen as a continuing sign that the sport is moving forward from its scandalous past. “We don’t think of ourselves in those terms,” Hesjedal said of his team. “Doing things right is just what we do.”

We spoke with the Canadian this morning after he’d just traveled from Milan to the Garmin training complex in Calpe, Spain.

So you won the Giro. Congrats! Has it sunk in yet?
Yeah, I mean it pretty much sank in when I was standing up there on the podium on Sunday. I’m the 2012 Giro d’Italia winner, and that’s just the way it is. I’m happy, for sure, but it’s hard to describe exactly how it feels. Achievements like this don’t come easy or often. I’ve been working a long time to stand where I stand now. All that work is what makes it sink in.

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Helle Dokka: A Handcrafted Folding Knife

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Helle of Norway has made knives since 1932—beautiful knives, knives that are handcrafted works of art as well as practical tools. Each Helle knife a unique wood handle and a triple-laminated razor-sharp stainless-steel blade that won't corrode or break. But the company has never made a folding knife—until now.

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