Transition 2 is the story of a group of North American cyclo-cross racers going to Belgium to race during the holidays. For 10 days in the winter of 2005-2006, filmmaker Sam Smith followed the likes of Brandon Dwight, Lyne Bessette, Ryan Trebon, Barry Wicks, Jonathan Page, and Erik Tonkin through every aspect of the Belgian ‘cross experience. He also shows what the experience is like for up and comers in the sport like Troy Wells, Jesse Anthony, Brady Kappius, Alex Howes, Bjorn Selander, and Danny Summerhill.
“I wanted to show what goes on over there as simply and honestly as I could while I made sure to keep it entertaining,” said Smith. The holiday week between Christmas and New Years is full of GVA, Superprestige, and World Cup series races, making it possible for a rider to do a big race every day if they so choose. This makes it prime time for foreign racers to take a trip to Belgium and get the most bang for their buck, he said.
The North Americans race with the best in the world in the harsh and unforgiving heartland of cyclo-cross for a week straight. The movie is not only about the racing, but everything that goes along with making the trip. The DVD also includes scenes from the “Euro Cross Camp” at the USA Cycling House in Izegem, Belgium as well as scenes at mechanic, Michel Bajorek’s home.