Tour de Timor 2012

Peter Wall | September 15 2012 | 1 comment
Tour de Timor 2012

(Photo: Zoe Morley)

Today was the final day of the epic 2012 Tour de Timor. At just 56km, today’s stage was a short one: up over the mountains outside of Gleno, down the other side to the sea, and then 18km along the coast to the finish line just outside of Dili.

The race at the front was close. On the first climb, Jarrod Hughes pulled away, and was first to cross the the King of the Mountain line, earning enough points to win the overall King of the Mountain competition. On the descent, he was passed by Peter Kutschera. Peter began the day 3:38 seconds behind the overall leader, Malaysian Sharin Amir, and so needed to finish at least that far ahead to win. When he reached the coastal road Jarrod Hughes caught up with him and the two worked together for the final run into the finish. At the 18km mark, they were 3:00 ahead of overall race leader Sharin Amir. Working together with two Aussies, Sharin hammered away down the coast. Jarrod Hughes won the stage, with Peter Kutschera second. Finishing just under 3:00 behind them was Sharin Amir, meaning he is the 2012 Tour de Timor overall winner. The first time a non-Australian rider has won. Congratulations Sharin!

In the women’s category, Peta Mullins from Australian easily closed out the competition, winning by 1 hour and 30 minutes. As she approached the finish line, she clicked out of her bike pedals, lifted her bike above her ahead, and crossed the line to the cheers of the crowd. A decisive and well-earned victory.

This race is unique in that it also awards prizes to the fastest Timorese man and woman. In that category Antonio Almeida Pereira won for the men, and Anche Cabral for the women. For Anche, it was the fourth time she has been the fastest Timorese female.

While congratulations are clearly deserved for all the winners of the race, anyone who finished the Tour deserves a great deal of admiration. This year the Tour was over 555 km long. That’s a lot of time to spend on a bike. For six days the riders who participated this year hammered away, working hard over monster-sized hills, swiftly avoiding potholes and other potential pitfalls, and doing it all with a smile on their face. While there were a few tumbles, and some hard times in the hills, everyone I have spoken with felt challenged, supported, and today, relieved. It’s a great event, both for recreational and competitive cyclists. A chance to make friends, see a beautiful and undiscovered country, and get into great shape. One rider a spoke with even lost 8 kilos over the course of the six days!

The Jungle Run team had a solid day today, both on the back of the motorbikes and capturing the final moments of the event. It was especially great to shoot the scene after riders finished – kids running up to their mom and dad riders, friends giving each other high fives, and strangers cheering for the 300+ riders as they came in over the line. A young couple I spoke with also had a great story… shortly after they came over the finish line, he asked her to marry him. After 555 km on the road with her, I guess he decided she was tough enough for marriage. She said yes. So sweet.

And that’s the news from here. This will be the final blog of the 2012 Tour de Timor. Thanks for reading.

Peter Wall

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Tour de Timor 2012

Peter Wall | September 8 2012 | no comments
Tour de Timor 2012

Today is day two for the Jungle Run team in Dili, East Timor.

Tour de Timor 2012 - Ride for PeaceBright and early this morning was the Ride for Peace, a community event where local kids, families, ex-pats, and racers in the Tour took a leisurely ride through downtown Dili. There was a great turnout, and race sponsor Timor Telecom gave out bright blue shirts to many of the locals. An incredible variety of bikes and riders wound their way along the route. There were rumours that one kid, who looked to be about 10, did a wheelie for a hundred metres! At the ride’s finish, various agencies and stakeholders held events for the locals and riders. One group of kids even got a ride in an armoured UN personnel carrier.

Tour de Timor 2012 - Ride for PeaceMeanwhile, Jungle Run founder Joe Yaggi was off at 7am this morning for a massive 12 hour recce. He checked out the Tour route for Days 1, 5 and 6 – which meant travelling over 260kms in a 4 x 4, bumping over rough roads. His verdict: “It’s a wicked course! It’s going to be wild man…”

Tour de Timor 2012 - Ride for PeaceBack at Timor Lodge, the Jungle Team continues to prepare for the start of the Tour on Monday.

Patrick Lavaud, freelancer and longtime Jungle Run cinematographer, and Wil Hemmerle, in charge of sound recording this year, prepared the 9 cameras and various audio equipment. This year the race will be shot on five Sony EX3’s, one EX1, and three Sony HDV cameras. There’s also a few DSLRs and GO PROs thrown into the mix. All in all, some very expensive equipment will be making sure no wipe-out, gorgeous view, or finish line goes unrecorded.

Tour de Timor 2012 - Jungle Run camera armada

Tour de Timor 2012 - Jungle Run Editors, on the run!Working alongside the camera and audio guys are the editors – Adi, Khalil, and Amin. They’ll be setting up and breaking down their computers, card readers and drives at each campsite. Each night they’ll edit and upload 3-5 minutes of the day’s Tour highlights. Look for these on the Tour de Timor website – all the footage is available for no charge.

Tomorrow is the last day before the ride starts – the blog will do short profiles of Rashid Salleh, this year’s Tour Media liaison, and Shinta Okta, production manager for Jungle Run, as well as document final preparations for the start of the Tour! Stay tuned…

History of the World

Joe Yaggi | April 25 2012 | no comments

BBC has always been known for taking on ambitious projects. So I wasn’t too surprised when my friend and colleague Chris O’Donnell, whom we worked with on Last Man Standing and Last Woman Standing, called me up early in 2011 to say he was working on a new project called History of the World. And given the UK’s roles in Indonesia’s history, it seemed logical to do a section on the spice race that took place in the Banda Islands. While colonial occupation of Banda was a constant form the 1500’s – through the late 1800’s, our story took place in the mid 1600’s.

One of my favorite books on that part of Indonesia is Nathaniel’s Nutmeg by Giles Milton, which we’ve affectionately dubbed Nate’s Nuts… It’s a fascinating look into the history of this part of the archipelago. Nate’s Nuts tells the story of the battle for Run, a tiny, 3.5 km island at the far end of the Banda group. At one point, the island of Run was the most expensive piece of real estate on the planet and Captain Nathaniel Courthope and his tiny rag tag group of men were charged with defending it. Eventually the Dutch traded Run for Manhattan but not before killing the good Captain and most of his crew.

We spent a week shooting in the Banda Islands. Covering Run from all angles, we tried to imagine how the Dutch would have approached it and how Captain Courthope and his men would have defended it. We shot farmers in Run harvesting fresh nutmeg and mace as they’ve done for centuries and produced time lapse of the eastern bay, the island’s main port into the tiny town. I can only imagine how that might compare to a time lapse of the bay in Manhattan for which it was traded! On Banda Naira we shot beautiful images nutmeg processing deep in the heart of a dilapidated Dutch warehouse. Later, on the sea front, we used an old colonial barracks to re-create how Dutch traders would have bought and bartered nutmeg from the Bandanese.

To get a feel for just how “far out there” the island of Run really is, we bashed up Gunung Api, the 650 meter volcano that dominates the view from Banda Naira – challenging with the weather as there were only momentary windows of clarity where we could see the tiny speck of Run off in the distance. Across Banda’s calderic bay lies Banda Besar (Big Banda) where we shot an ancient nutmeg grove which locals say dates back all the way to Nathaniel. Our stay coincided with Eid al-Adha, an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his son Ishmael (Isma’il) as an act of obedience to God, before God intervened to provide him with a sheep— to sacrifice instead. Throughout the day cattle, goats and various other animals were sacrificed as the locals paraded through the streets singing and dancing.

The war during those times was intense and the main line of defense for the area was Fort Belgica on Banda Naira. A lot of blood was shed at that fort and you definitely got the feeling that there were some restless spirits still in the area… Spending the night on one of the turrets to capture time lapse and shots from the defenders perspective was a bit un-nerving. About 1am, while the gatekeeper and I slept, Djuna had a visitation – what sounded like keys banging out morse code on the metal ladder up to our location. Much later, after escaping into the turret from an incoming squall, I kept hearing what sounded like people sprinting across the rampart. In the morning, we asked the gatekeeper and he said “oh good, you heard them too huh? Yeah, they do that all the time…”

Please watch History of the World on BBC 1 and definitely go to Maluku and the Banda Islands if you get a chance.

BBC Comment:

—— Forwarded Message
From: RENNY Bartlett
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2012 17:07:07 +0000
To: Chris O’Donnell
Subject: Banda Island footage

Hi Chris,

I never got the chance to say what an amazing job your friend Joe did
filming the Bandas. We’ve spent the last few hours going through the
many hours he shot for us and there are so many gorgeous shots. Our
only problem is not having enough time to use  them all. A nice
problem to have. So please pass on my very belated thanks to him.



Man vs Monster – Now Airing!

Joe Yaggi | February 13 2011 | no comments
Man vs Monster – Now Airing!

UPDATE! Catch the series premier of MAN VS MONSTER, led by “bear man” Richard Terry, on Nat Geo Wild this Monday, May 30th, and on rotation throughout the week. Then catch the Komodo ep premier on Monday, June 6!

Sneak previews:

MAN VS MONSTER Giant Lizard Hunt – starring Joe as the “Missing European Tourist”! Don’t blink 🙂

MAN VS MONSTER Flores Whip Fight


FRESH FROM THE FIELD, Jungle Run has just returned from the villages, caves and dragon-dwelling beaches of Flores and Komodo islands. There Optomen USA shot Ep 2 of a new series for Nat Geo Wild. We can’t spill the beans on the series name just yet. You’ll just have to watch this space for air dates later this year.

Jungle Run provided research, story development, permit services, production support and location management for this exciting natural history program. Leveraging our close contacts and experience, we put together a shoot covering 10 locations over 14 days. The crew was thrilled with the support they got:

You were the glue that held this shoot together.

Richard Terry, Presenter

“It was excellent to work with you, I’m looking forward to more.

Kyle McCabe, Director

Thank you so much, you guys are a great team.

Amanda Abel, Producer

J R P    P R O D U C T I O N    T E A M

Joe Yaggi – JRP Production Manager

Shinta Oktania – JRP Production Coordinator

Elizabeth “Sasa” Andries – Researcher

Stephen DeMeulenare – General Management & Finance

Kadek Nuastini – Accounting

Filming in Komodo with Jungle Run Productions

Komodo dragon photo by Djuna Ivereigh

Production photography by Shinta Okta.

Blood, Sweat and Takeaways

Djuna | October 3 2010 | no comments
Blood, Sweat and Takeaways

Jungle Run identified, researched and secured access to three locations in Kalimantan and Sulawesi for Blood, Sweat and Takeaways, a popular BBC3 offering in 2009. A particular challenge was gaining and maintaining the confidence of shrimp plant managers and tuna boat skippers featured in the shows.

From Production Wizard:

‘Blood, Sweat and Takeaways’ Scoops Prize at Digital Awards

…The BBC3 show picked up the award for Best Popular Factual Programme (the award sponsored by Production Wizard for the second year running), beating Electric Dreams, Made In Britain, My Big Fat Cycle Challenge, Ross Kemp: Return to Afghanistan and What Katie Did Next. The four-part series – made by Ricochet – gained almost 1 million viewers on its initial airing, making it BBC3’s most successful documentary ever, and won a transfer to the 10.30pm slot on BBC1, when the same installment was watched by 2 million. The show was a clear winner for the judges in what they described as “a wide-open field”.

Series Synopsis From BBC3

When it comes to food, we are spoilt for choice. From top class restaurants to low cost supermarkets, we take it for granted that we can buy whatever food we want, whenever we want it. But would we feel the same if we knew the human cost of food production?

Six typical young British food consumers go to live and work alongside the millions of people in south east Asia’s food production industries. They must catch, harvest and process food products that we eat every day, seeing behind the scenes of the tuna, prawns, rice and chicken industries for the very first time.

They eat, sleep and live with food workers in the poorest regions of Indonesia and Thailand, surviving on the same wages. The average wage for food workers here is around three pounds a day.

The Brits arrive in Kalimantan, Indonesia to live and work alongside the workers in the prawn industry. Their home is a shack in the jungle with no beds, no TV and no running water and dinner is what you can catch. Instead of fishing for prawns in the ocean, the Brits are surprised to find themselves waist deep in mud working on a prawn farm.

For these six young consumers, biting into a prawn mayo sandwich will never be the same again, but the group is given a glimmer of hope with the arrival of a British farmer to join their team.

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