Throwback Thursday: Ride to the Hills with Wade Simmons, Thomas Vanderham, Andrew Shandro, Jordie Lunn, Dave Watson & More

Apr 8, 2020
by Sarah Moore  
Views: 50,586    Faves: 341    Comments: 9



We go back to 2001 with this freeride classic that's perfect for self-isolation. Watch as Wade Simmons, Thomas Vanderham, Andrew Shandro, Jordie Lunn, and others help shape freeride as we know it. Ride To The Hills from 2001 is an all-out metal driven freeride assault. It features all the early Canadian freeriders ripping it up on what have now become the standard locations from The Shore to Virgin, Utah. You will get a glimpse of the short-lived urban freeride trend and a lot of XC helmets. There are plenty of big Southern Utah hucks as well.

Darcy Wittenburg of The Collective/Anthill


36 Comments

  • 35 1
 Best mountain bike movie ever.
  • 6 2
 I have this in my top ten... not sure about #1. Too soon for a poll?
  • 3 1
 Earthed 3?
  • 4 1
 Disorder 2...
  • 3 0
 YES!!! Thank you Mike. Everything about this movie is amazing. I still own two copies on VHS, one is still shrink wrapped.

"Ride To The Hills" and Jorli Ricker's previous film "Shift" were the epitome of mountain biking both then and now.

You should post "Shift" also if at all possible. Wade's section to the cover of Rocket Man riding an original Pipeline is pure epicness.
  • 9 0
 "My brother says you're totally washed!" Still funny 20 years later.
  • 3 0
 My favorite as well. I watched this so much in high school the tape eventually broke
  • 1 0
 Kranked III is up there. Hard to beat the roof-hucking from Kranked IV.
  • 1 0
 @No-safeword: kranked V with klassen....
  • 1 0
 ...ever! Absolutely right. Seen so often and always inspired to go riding. The young Vanderham on the Giant ATX One DH...epic!!!
  • 19 0
 If you look at what these boys were doing on janky late 90s bikes (even look at Pulp Traction much earlier) back then its so impressive. Puts into perspective whether we need an extra 13mm reach and 0.5° off the HA to justify a new bike (as the media would make us believe) or just get on with it*, commit and skill up.

*When it's safe and allowed wherever you are!
  • 7 0
 You can't buy skill. This is gold.
  • 3 0
 The Godfather for a reason. Let's not forget this earlier gem also www.pinkbike.com/video/2832 from two years earlier.
  • 1 0
 @snl1200: No less than 2 broken cranks in that segment and one of the best cover songs ever.
  • 9 1
 That powerwheelie at ca. 2:14 got me into biking. I saw that as a 13 year old kid, and figured "I want to do exactly this". 6 years later I was bumming in Whistler for a season, and still go riding as much as I can.

And it was such a fantastic movie in general.
  • 4 0
 That is the single best corner ever performed on mountain bike! Haha
  • 5 0
 Can't count the number of times I watched this as a kid, and watching it again now I can see where my riding influences came from. I still try to hop/manual everything I can from watching Ryan Leech's segment, I still try to throw tabletops off every jump because Wade made it look so good.
  • 7 0
 i remember when that vid seemed so next level.....that said ,Wade Simmons has timeless style
  • 4 0
 A classic! This movie is responsible for a LOT of employee purchases at the shop I worked at back then. At one point there just about every bike in the catalog could be seen hanging from a hook in our staff parking area. My RM7, shop mgr's RM6, my Reaper, a Pipeline, Instincts, a few Oxygens, a few Blizzards... etc.
  • 3 0
 That 2000 Whistler Joyride Bikercross jump was epic. 60 feet lip to landing during racing. Qualified #1 in pro, finished 6th, a few weeks after graduating high school — quite a party w/my friends and the most fun I’ve had on a bike!
  • 6 0
 Sun Ice says the buffet is at the Tropicana
  • 2 0
 I always thought Shandro was saying “Sunshine”
  • 3 0
 Great watch and fascinating to see how freeride/slopestyle have progressed since then, especially when you compare to trials (except for fashion choices, Ryan Leech's segment wouldn't be out of place today)
  • 4 0
 I LOVE OLD SCHOOL MTB. It makes me wanna jump and go riding. Now when I see bikes vids I feel like watching a Nolan movie, shit is so unreal I can't even relate to it.
  • 3 0
 Pretty sure this was the first bike vid I owned. It's still around somewhere, on VHS. I've got no ability to play it.
  • 3 0
 luckily its here on pinkbike!
  • 4 0
 Ryan leech’s segment was the reason I started jibbing on my Xc bike
  • 1 0
 I forgot how sick his segment was in this.
  • 1 0
 Same here! Seeing a friends older brother watching Ryan's videos got me hooked.
  • 4 0
 Absolute classic!
  • 2 0
 Best mountain bike movie of all time! I pop in this VHS often and am always entertained.
  • 2 0
 This is by far my favorite Movie!
  • 2 0
 661 Dually's... Just sayin
  • 1 0
 I'm starting a petition: No JoyRide run counts unless it has heel-clickers.
  • 1 0
 Dear PB lump AF in throat
  • 1 0
 Gamechanger

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