Video: Exploring fear and aging in “Irrealistic”

This business is filled to the brim with unrealistic motherfuckers. Motherfuckers who thought their ass would age like wine. If you mean it turns into vinegar, it does. If you mean it gets better with age, it doesn’t.

For those who may not know, it’s a quote from “Pulp Fiction” by Quentin Tarantino. A scene where mobster Marcellus Wallace lectures aging boxer Butch about “the harsh realities of life,” that ability doesn’t last.


In October 1994, when “Pulp Fiction” was released in Norway, I was 18 years old. I had raced mountain bikes for two years and was coming off of a pretty successful final year as a junior, finishing second in DH at the nationals and picking my first victory in a national points series. Fast forward a few years, I had a stint from 1997 to 2001 where I raced a lot, including World Cups, and finally had to come to terms with being “one of the many”: one of the many that is good enough but not good enough. As opposed to one of the few who has the full set of skills, fitness and mental capacity to succeed at international level.

At the end of those five years, I was completely exhausted from running. For about three weeks… After that I regrouped and spent the next 8 years having fun chasing Norwegian nationals while studying to be a psychologist and from 2007 finding work as a Phone. 2009 was my last year racing at national DH championships, and at 33 I was already a bit of a veteran on the scene. From then on, time seems to have just flowed by with two kids, increasing work responsibilities, etc., but I still ride whenever I can and occasionally race enduro when the weather permits. . So yeah, 46 now, I’ve been mountain biking and racing (as a privateer) for 30 years. How is my ass aging…?

Riding with your friends never gets old.

This quote from Pulp Fiction, and my thoughts on it was the inspiration for wanting to do a montage showing how for my buddy Svenn and I, riding as middle-aged people is a big part of finding balance between accepting that this ability will diminish while celebrating the childlike joy and pride we feel every time we follow a tricky line, send a scary jump, or take a turn a little faster than on our last run.

For viewers in my own age group – I hope you find some things you can recognize and identify. For young viewers, it is my ambition to inspire and instill ‘hope for the future’: over the years I myself have met older runners who still ripped and through it showed me that life as an “extreme sports athlete” doesn’t have to end at 35 or 40 or whatever age my 18 year old self might have considered “old” . If, thanks to this edition, I can be that older driver for someone, that would be very cool!

Two days of riding and filming in Hallingdal, Norway.

Oh – and there’s one thing that’s very different when you’re 46 and you want to edit than when you’re – say 21: As an adult, I didn’t have a friend with a camera and lots of free time. ready to come film and edit just because it’s a fun thing to do. So to get there, I recruited the talents of Magnus Grönberg (shooting/directing) and Lars Storheim (shooting/editing). Hallingdal Rides, Vertical Playground, Sweet Protection and Plan A Sykler all contributed to getting the guys paid for the work. Thanks to Tveit Eiendomsutvikling for lending us a nice cabin for the weekend. A big congratulations to everyone involved!

Wiley C. Thompson