“It’s not all about the trails, it’s about where that trail is and about getting to that trail…” Obviously if Fred Bull shuttles you to the top of the trail in his helicopter then you get to ride the descent with fresher legs than most of us, but whatever. Riding bikes is a journey for most of us, an excuse to travel and ride new places and destinations with new people.
The latest webisode release from the Anthill Films new Strength In Numbers movie (the same peeps that brought us both the masterful From the Inside Out and trail-frenzied Follow Me) drives this idea home by taking the usual Canadian suspects -Hunter, Simmons, Vanderham- and depositing them in landlocked Switzerland. It’s a far cry from the usual hand-crafted, damp foliage of BC’s north shore creations, but proving ever resilient to the effects of jetlag, the boys turn their hands, and handlebars, to the rhythmic flow of Swiss trail gold, with nay’er a Toblerone in sight.
If you haven’t at least watched the Strength In Numbers trailer , then you are a loser already, but it gives us merely an amuse-bouche of this epic films potential. The entire movie that dropped last month swallows up an atlas of locations, exploring the shared passion of trail riding among people all around the globe, from Canada to Switzerland to Nepal, all filmed so beautifully it almost makes you wish life was a 128Gb memory card. So enjoy this edit of Swiss-ness. There’s no cheese, but it has exquisite trails, immaculate autumn light, gob-smacking pointy peaks (that’s the Matterhorn) and a fair bit of handy riding. In fact, thinking about it, these riders are in the air that much the trail is wasted on these guys.
To see more MTB films by Anthill Films and others go to http://www.epictv.com/Sport/mountain-biking/173053