Saturday, January 9, 2010

Ride to the Hills


This film came out almost a decade ago, and played a major role in my passion for riding a bike. Years later it still has a major influence on my outlook of our sport every time I watch it(when theres a working VCR around). Riders to first descents, cinematography to locations, its hard to explain how iconic this film is. Im no historian but pretty sure I can easily say it's had a huge impact on freeride mountain biking as well. I mean, Watson and Shandro stomped the 'Mullet Line', a multi hit big mountain line that introduced us to Utah's massive potential! Vanderham(back then, truly 'the Kid') was breaking onto the scene as the young talent who all of us aspired to ride like(and we all still do)! The guys behind the lenses have gone on to continue bringing us the imagery and movies we drool over. Leech had his best segement ever. And everyone rode big bikes and it was all about style! One person missing was Berrecloth but he wasn't far around the corner. I think I was about 15 when I first saw this video, and seeing Watson, Simmons and the crew up in the coastal alpine was nothing less than motivational. I looked up to all these guys(still do) and all I could think was how much I wanted to experience those epic spots on my bike, and how awesome it was that these guys were doing it, because they loved it! This movie is going to live on as the best documentation of our first strong steps into true freeriding. I could go on forever about my thoughts on this video, but il keep it short for now. Thanks everyone involved! PS...i want this on DVD.

11 comments:

pinner said...

dont forget about kevin sansolone.... he pioneered the one hander

Mark said...

good write up this is the first mtb video i saw!

Dan Webster said...

Agreed - needs to be re-released on DVD!! I love watching these classics, but now without having a VCR around it's so hard!!

Curtis said...

Thats too funny, I was just talking about Ride To The Hills yesterday and how I wished I had it. Loved this Nub

Norby said...

hahaha oh yah sorry to forget that one pinner, that was classic. Dont worry Curtie i brought it with me!

Tammy said...

Couldnt agree more, this movie is a classic. I am totally behind a Re-release on dvd!!!

Kyle Weinerman said...

I have a sealed copy still in plastic! suckers

macewen said...

Truly an epic. Was Roach still around then? Jesse Roberts had a good segment if I remember correctly.

Rich said...

Still my number one movie, it will live on forever!

Hart said...

I would love a copy of this movie as well. It's one of the best.

Del said...

This VHS stopped working because if how much it got watched!