For years now, we’ve seen and been inspired by mountain bike films and features from production companies such as Anthill Films, Red Bull Media, the Coastal Crew, Freeride Entertainment and many more. These folks have offered up some inspired filmmaking featuring world class talent and trails that belong on bucket lists everywhere.
And that’s what mountain bike movies are for, right? They inspire us to get on the trails and push ourselves and our bikes to the next level. They remind us that while fitness is great, style ain’t so bad either. They remind us that hard work plus a strong community pays off with inspiring trails and amazing riders. They are the pinnacle of expression on two wheels.
We filmed in four different east coast locations. Logan and Neko Mulally are very appreciative of their local trails in and around Reading, Pennsylvania
From Where We Stand is about the east coast mountain bike community. It's about showing the world just how much beauty you can find in unexpected places. It’s about the talent that comes from our rocky, rooty and gnarled terrain. It’s about the shared vision and hard work from riders who want to see better design and more trails. It’s about celebrating the green tunnel. It’s about a heaping helping of rocks with some flowy, hero dirt for dessert. But more than anything, it’s about countless regions forming one, devoted collection of people. The east coast is comprised of millions of mountain bikers who make up thousands of groups, clubs and organizations. The truth is, we can’t think of anywhere else you will find such a close knit group of people in such a far reaching community.
Jeff Lenosky lives twenty minutes from one of the country's best bike parks, Mountain Creek Bike Park in Vernon, New Jersey
Sam Brown-Shaklee may be a young whipper snapper, but he's also one of the driving forces behind a mountain bike movement the entire town of Oneonta, New York
is getting behind.
We wanted the close knit community to be a driving force behind the narrative, so we picked a spot where riders of all abilities can shred with a smile on their faces. White Clay Creek and Middle Run parks in Newark, Delaware
have proven to be a place where riders from all disciplines and tastes can come and have a blast. Cam Nyguist, Matty Miller and Brice Shirbach are breaking speeds limits and cleaning the hero dirt from their smiling teeth.
Paul Dotsenko and Sam Brown-Shaklee are some of New York's fastest. Oneonta's trails are some of New York's funnest.
Harlan Price and Matty Miller were on a mission to show that bike parks aren't just for the big squish rigs. Mountain Creek was happy to oblige.
Neko Mulally had a breakthrough season on the World Cup circuit last season. If any of the 2014 courses have old ruins to shred on, Neko will be more than ready.
Brice Shirbach sends it on one of Oneonta's signature trails, "R.I.P.". Fortunately, he's still with us.
The east coast is well known (and rightfully so) for it's relentlessly rocky and unforgiving terrain. There are, however, countless trails that offer up riders the kind of dirt dreams are made of. We sampled some of the finest.
But let's not kid ourselves, we eat the gnar on the regs. Just ask Matty Miller, a vegetarian who makes dietary exceptions for lump rock meat.
Like the rest of us, George Ryan will tell you there's a certain degree of pride that comes from pushing yourself on terrain that makes you work a little harder for the goods. From Where We Stand celebrates that pride. We’ll release From Where We Stand as a 4-part web series starting in late December. After our final episode, the full feature will be available for viewing as well. The world is full of amazing places to ride your bike. The east coast is no exception. It’s our turn to be the inspiration.