Getting off the concrete of my commute and onto the fat tyres and into the woods and the mud is what I love to do. I’m utterly rubbish at it but I love it just the same. Since I set up the Bicycle Film Club I’ve wanted to get some mountain bike films and documentaries lined up and I’ve got a few options for 2017 and what better way to kick things off in January than this new film from Blue Hippo Media and Singletrack Magazine.
Mountain biking is now in it’s 4th decade and it’s come a long way from it’s beginnings in the hills of the West Coast USA. But that’s only part of the story. The UK MTB scene grew in parallel to the well told US tale and this documentary, from BAFTA award winning film-maker Michael Clifford, aims to layout the complete and unique history of how the MTB developed in British mud.
Through archive footage of early XC racing through to the modern adrenaline fueled disciplines of Enduro, this film will layout the British claim to the origins of the modern mountain bike scene. Featuring interviews with legendary names such as Tracy Moseley, Steve Peat, Dan, Gee and Rachel Atherton, Martyn Ashton, Rob Warner, Gary Fisher, Jason Miles, Geoff Apps, Carlton Reid and many more, this will be the story of how the Brits have carved their names into history and helped shape the global phenomenon that is mountain biking.
Brush the mud off and come and enjoy the best of British Mountain Biking
Date: Monday 23 January at 7pm
Venue: The Reliance, 76-78 North Street, Leeds, LS2 7PN
Cost: £5 in advance (tickets can be bought via the Eventbrite link opposite)