It was a year ago today that I launched this whole shebang with Episode 1: Tunnels.
The videos (11 episodes and 6 trailers) are watched from all over the world and with over 550,000 views.
I've had an amazing time shooting and making all of the videos. I've met some absolutely wonderful and inspiring people in the process. The emails, messages and comments I get from you are amazing to read. It's fantastic to know that a project that I really wanted to do for myself is inspiring so many others and connecting with their love of motorcycling.
As I may have told you, Stories of Bike was borne on the back of three pivotal events in my life. The first was winning a local short film competition which gave me the confidence to go and make more video. The second was wanting to get some control of my career after losing a job. The third was being told that my Mum was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
It was this last one that capped it off. I realised that life is too short to be dancing to someone elses tune. Mum succumbed to the cancer on December 31 last year, but in the last few months of her life she saw that I was now doing something that I want to be doing for the rest of my years.
Producing a video series like Stories of Bike wouldn't be possible without the help and support of some great people. My wife and 3 kids are incredibly supportive (and tolerant) of my weird shooting hours (particularly on weekends) and stupid amount of time spent editing. I wouldn't be able to do any of this without their understanding. My brother Jack, who writes the most amazing original music for every episode, continues to astound and suprise me. Lastly Mark Hawwa and the incredible community he has founded and fostered in Sydney Cafe Racers, from which I have drawn riders for just about every episode.
So, thank you. One year on and it's been a blast. I hope to be around for a few years more.