"Pedal Driven" Delivers the Right Message - Coming to Prescott AZ this weekend

Apr 29, 2011 at 7:02
Apr 29, 2011
by Richard Cunningham  
 
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Sea Otter 2011 marked the first public screening of "Pedal Driven" a full-length documentary by Howell at the Moon Productions that adresses illegal trailbuilding and presents a series of successful efforts by outlaw builders who worked with land managers and local stakeholders to develop legal trails in the same locations. Pedal Driven played to an enthusiastic full house, stuffed with cycling's luminaries, where the crowd was treated to a S-ton of swag - some beautiful riding action, and a fresh look at an old problem.

"Pedal Driven" screened to a full house on its world premier in Downtown Monterey, California.

For those who have not seen the preview, it's worth a peep.
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Considering the movie's well-worn premise, it would be natual to expect "Pedal Driven" to serve up a preachy storyline that belabors the horrific destruction that maverick diggers and builders inflict upon verdant mountainscapes, while safely siding with bunny-hugging cross-country cyclists who are kissy kissy with uniformed officers and bespeckled, hand-wringing anti-bike land managers who state for the record that, "I am a nice guy, but my hands are tied by the law, so I am forced to send these young men and women to the electric chair to pay for their crimes." Pinkbike is happy to report that such was not the case with "Pedal Driven."

 Jamie Howell introduces the crew of
Jamie Howell introduces the crew of "Pedal Driven"

"Pedal Driven" centers primarily around popular riding areas in Washinton and Oregon, and manages to hit all the positive and negative impacts that big-bike and All-mountain riders bring to the back country. The storyline does an excellent job of covering the perspectives of illegal riders and builders, law enforcement, land managers, mountain bike activists, and anti-bike factions without making superficial judgments (the Sierra Club even gets 15 seconds of fame). The resolution: cooperation between user-groups and stakeholders, a clear understanding of what kind of trail is proposed, and the willingness of all parties to hold point through a nearly endless documentation process, is depicted without sugar coating. Writer-producer-director-editor Jamie Howell should be thanked for presenting the rougher side of the sport in such a refreshing and candid manner.

Wooden carvings of Specialized Legend Ned Overend and Richard Cunningham were on display in the lobby.
Wooden carvings of Specialized Legend Ned Overend and Richard Cunningham were on display in the lobby.


The most important message, however, and the fresh ground "Pedal Driven" unearths, is that recreational mountain bikers are a powerful, low-impact economic engine that has proven to revitalize entire communities where good trail opportunities exist. Freedom of expression, the right to experience the back country in a creative way, and the profound experience that mountain biking provides to its members are all valid reasons for us to demand a share of the recreational pie. That said, the fact that mountain bikers spend millions of dollars where we visit, and leave no trace beyond the borders of the trails when we leave, are the most compelling reasons for federal land managers and surrounding communities to invite us to the table.

The rowdy crowd was ready for action and the movie delivered.
The rowdy crowd was ready for action and the movie delivered.


A free Specialized Epic Carbon 29er - just for showing up? One lucky ticket holder, eh?
A free Specialized Epic Carbon 29er - just for showing up? One lucky ticket holder, eh?


"Pedal Driven" will be screening in Prescott, Arizona, April 30, 7:15 PM at The Elks Opera House concurrent with
Epic Ride's Whiskey Off Road.


If you're in Prescott over the April 29/May 1 weekend, here's the place.
If you're in Prescott over the April 29/May 1 weekend, here's the place.

Prescott is working full speed to become a mountain bike destination city, with a full-time trail planning staff and plans to connect and expand its already massive trail network. Look for an upcoming feature on the recently completed slick-rock trails there.

Watch more previews of "Pedal Driven"

Check out who sponsored "Pedal Driven" and know who your friends are within and outside of the mountain bike industry.

Here is the list of screenings for Pedal Driven. See it, you'll like it.
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22 Comments

  • + 9
 those wood carvings look so real.
  • + 1
 the next screening is in Arizona.....who has these problems in Arizona?
  • + 1
 They usually have one of the Ned Overend models on display at Carver's in Durango. Totally looks like he's having breakfast!
  • + 1
 A lot of people have these problems in AZ. Its not all flat desert. Flagstaff is all illegal built DH because the FS will not build it. Prescott isn't even flat desert, its mountains where the DH has to be built in secret.
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  • + 2
 The diggers/riders vs. rangers situation here in Queensland, Australia, is ridiculous. Rangers knock down the most sustainable and low-impact rrails in the area without any valid reason, then go and build crap trails through swamps and spend 18 months wasting community time and resources through pointless trailcare efforts. They sanction the unsustainable trails that all go to shit and promptly knock down, close off and outlaw the best riding most sustainable trails is the forest. Rangers need a big wake up call.
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  • + 0
 Sweet, a softy 29'er for FREE!! Man i'd ride that until the cows come home. Fortunately i live all around cows and farm areas so I'd be riding until my body and mind hurt! The bikumentary looks amazing too. Love the ride guys/girls! Love it!!!
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  • + 3
 They need to come to Marin County
  • + 2
 The Pedal-Driven tour is a grass roots movement, as all screenings are licensed and hosted by individuals or bike groups who want to share the film with their community. You host it, you plan it, you keep the proceeds for your local bike club! Join the ride at pedaldriven.org
  • + 1
 Great idea silus, we should organize a screening at a ranger station or city hall, or even better, a sierra club hut or whatever they call it. Then maybe we could actually have some good riding in the place where mtb was born.
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  • + 2
 Looks awesome. Can't wait to see it.
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  • + 1
 Damn, I'm pretty sure the guy who won the spesh isn't a rider. I know I would be way more stoked to get that bike.
  • + 4
 I bet he's a freerider. He doesn't have the skinny look of a xc roller. That is a pretty sweet ride, but I gotta admit, I wouldn't have much use for it. You gotta hope whomever wins these things is the kinda rider who wants and needs it. I hate it when somebody with a stable of $5000+ bikes wins another one.
  • + 1
 I thought he was Mike Levy haha
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  • + 2
 Wish I could win that 29er and sell it.
  • + 6
 AND RIDE IT YOU MEAN!
  • + 2
 ride it then sell it and get a carbon v10
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  • + 1
 Amazing Movie guys. I was at the premier in Monterey. Every mountain biker needs to watch this film.
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  • + 1
 Those 29er wheels look huge compared to the bike.
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  • + 1
 There is a mistake in the movie. "A new breed of outdoorsmAn"
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  • + 1
 Wish I could be In Prescott Right now.....
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  • + 1
 that 29er looks massive!
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