The Middle Kingdom Ride
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Also known as Tough Rides: China. When Canadian brothers Colin Pyle and Ryan Pyle set out from Shanghai on a motorcycle journey that had never previously been attempted, they thought they had some idea of what lay ahead of them. It was a misconception that had become evident by the end of Day 1. But, despite the many challenges they faced, 65 days and 18,000 km later they had succeeded in circumnavigating China. In an expedition of extremes, Colin and Ryan visited the third lowest point on Earth and slept at Everest Base Camp beside its highest mountain. They traveled off-road through deep desert sands in suffocating heat, traversed mountain passes in freezing temperatures that turned the moisture in their clothes to ice, and rode in torrential rain through mudslides beside rapidly rising flood waters. At the end of their remarkable journey, the brothers had strengthened the bond between them, gained a Guinness World Record, tested their endurance to its limits, and shared an adventure that most of us will only ever dream of having. In this DVD, The Middle Kingdom Ride, Colin and Ryan take us with them as they travel through the diverse and extraordinary landscapes of China, from its border with North Korea, to the ancient Muslim city of Kashgar, across the vast empty spaces of the Mongolian grasslands, over the mountains and into the monasteries of Tibet. Learn more at: www.ToughRides.tv.
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In 2010 Canadian brothers Ryan and Colin Pyle decided to circumnavigate around China on the back of two BMW motorcycles. Their journey eventually covered over 18,000 kilometres, took 65 days and garnered them a Guinness World Record. The brothers Pyle decided at the time to fully document their journey and this DVD contains all the episodes of a short TV series that they cut together from said footage.
Their adventure was developed as a way for the two brothers to bond again after spending so much time apart, and any subsequent books and videos coming out of it were secondary considerations. In truth, that comes across loud and clear in this production which is neither fish nor fowl and comes across at times like a professionally produced video of a family holiday.
The basic set-up is good. Ryan is somebody who lives in, loves and is knowledgeable about China, whilst Colin is an outsider with a slightly negative viewpoint towards what he thinks China is. Colin states at one point, "I didn't think there were pretty places in China," and it is genuinely Interesting to see how Colin's attitudes to China change as their journey progresses. Speaking of pretty places, the landscape shots are beautiful and you do get a good sense of the differing geographies in the country and the sense that the climate can completely change in a very short space of time and a very short distance. The Pyle brothers ride through sweltering heat, torrential rain and blankets of snow.
Another interesting (and rather bitter-sweet) point is that it all ends not with a bang, but with a whimper.Read more ›
I had originally decided to watch this 2 Disc DVD box set over a couple of days as each disk holds 3 episodes.
However you know when you watch something and you get utterly engrossed in something and you end up watching the whole lot back to back ? Well I did. Luckily each episode is abut 30 mins so the whole thing back to back is around 3 hours *but* you can trim about 5 mins off each episode as it's juust a re-cap of the previous episode. *Niggle* When you select to watch all episodes back to back the edit should allow you to by pass the re-cap.
The Disc itself is kind of like one of those TOP GEAR adventures but it's with 2 brothers who are very down to earth and don't induldge in all that fake staged challenges that Clarkson, May and Hammond engage in. It's that mix between video diary and documentary that makes it so engageing.
The video diaries themselves are very telling and interesting. One of the surprises were how quickly their emotions soared and dived and how quickly they became dispondant. As an ex-serviceman you realise that most individuals are simply not mentally geared to take on extra-ordinary challenges and this makes the DVD that much more 'real' as it were.
Thoroughly enjoyable though and if they ever read this I'd love to make a couple of requests:
Give a breakdown of all the kit you are using such as the bike make and model, camera's, clothing etc. etc. and perhaps give a commentary post ride on what worked well and what didn't. Preparation you did or wish you did etc.
It's always worth considering that a lot of folks who watch this will be thinking about doing something similar and so would take any extra hints like this to heart.
Looking forward to the India Ride !!!!
Their journey is fascinating. I mean, how they come to do it is quite bizarre before they even set off. It takes a whole 6 months of careful planning and organisation and that would put a lot of people off. I never realised so much would need to be thought out or arranged before embarking on such a challenge. But one thing you realise about these two guys pretty quickly is that they are achievers, they don’t give up, they meet challenges and targets head on and nothing and I mean nothing fazes them. I ended up admiring them both as well as liking them by the time I had finished watching. I also must admit to being slightly envious too! However, the chances of me ever visiting China or being able to do something like these guys did are slim to none ☺ but, and this is the weird thing - I feel like I have been to China as they took me, the viewer with them.Read more ›
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The DVD would not work properly, it skipped segments and would not finish showing some segments. Returned the DVD as I could not figure out how to ask for a replacement on Amazon.Published 11 months ago by Mr Shaun Maurice Renwick
This is a truly entertaining watch for adventure riders, aspiring adventure riders or just anyone who is interested in travel and other countries. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Dan
I was very kindly sent this DVD by Ryan Pyles team in exchange for a honest and impartial review. Here is said review... Read morePublished 17 months ago by P
This DVD is a very good accompaniment for the book of the same name and I would suggest to get the most from it, read the book first. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Zipster Zeus
Very unusual subject matter for me, but everyone needs a little change now and then, eh? Variety, as they say, is the spice of life. Read morePublished 17 months ago by SJATurney
I received an email from the publisher asking if I would be willing to review this DVD as well as its companion book and book of photography. Read morePublished 18 months ago by BirdieTracy
Perhaps it's me, but I did struggle with these DVDs, I would have preferred less of, "I'm Ryan this is Colin, we need to be in every shot, these are our BMW Motorbikes, did we... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Egon Toast