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Video: A Winter of Mountain Biking in Bellingham with the Atmospheric River Rats

Apr 20, 2022
by Eric Olsen  

Inspired by "A Slice of British Pie" we set out to make a community mountain bike movie. We wanted to avoid filming only "pro" riders and instead wanted to capture a diverse range of skill levels.
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We put out an open invitation to film and met up with groups to shoot their trail of choice. Many of the crews chose to film on trails they had built or maintained. In total we filmed 40+ different people.

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The winter of 2021/22 felt especially wet in Bellingham. The "atmospheric river" was in full effect, bringing with it particularly foul conditions. When many would have hung up their helmet for the season the most dedicated river-rats continued valiantly with their trail building and riding. Despite mud, grit, snow, hail and vitamin-d deficiency the community kept on. Capturing these creatures in their natural habitat was our goal. Why do we enjoy standing in the rain all weekend? We may never know. Maybe this film will help us understand.
We proudly present "Atmospheric River Rats" a Bellingham community mountain bike movie.

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This movie premiered April 16th, 2022 at Kulshan K2 brewery in Bellingham, WA. The event was in support of Vamos Outdoors Project. If you enjoyed this movie please consider donating vamosoutdoorsproject.com

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"Vamos Outdoors Project works to eliminate barriers to access that make it harder for Latinx and English Language Learner families to participate in outdoor, recreational, and environmental education activities. We provide supervision, transportation, food, and all necessary equipment for the activities provided by our partner organizations. All programming is free, through scholarships provided by our partner organizations or by Vamos Outdoors Project covering the fees. Our participants discover new passions, make friends, and connect with the greater Whatcom County community and environment."


In regards to the final segment of this movie. JZ was one of the first people to support "Jank". He was the 3rd Instagram follower. It's hard to believe he is gone. This movie is in his memory. We want to share the Jackson Zechnich "JZ" Memorial Scholarship.

Jackson Zechnich "JZ" Memorial Scholarship.

Jackson was an Atmospheric River Rat through and through.


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Directed and produced by Eric Olsen

Edited and filmed by Logan Patrick-Nelson

Additional filming/photography by Dan Perl, Doug Jambor, Eric Mickelson and Evan Bradley

Motion graphic by Annika Danenhaur

Poster design by Zophia Danielson

Event photography by Andy Ford


Thank you to the sponsors that donated prizes to the event:
- Smith
- Fanatik Bike Co
- Cosmic Dirt
- Jank Components
- Ground Keeper
- Kulshan Brewery
- Joy of Sox
- Guayaki
- Slut Strand Society

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93 Comments
  • 56 0
 Give this a watch. It will give you a refreshing reminder of why we all love mountain biking. No one here is too serious. Just a bunch of people having fun and sharing how they made the most of winter. Also, the riders and sound track rip.
  • 57 0
 Now that's a bike movie! Excellent work to everyone involved - that made me want to go for a ride.
  • 35 0
 Thanks for posting!!!! Hopefully the video shows how much fun we had this winter. Thank you to everyone who helped with this project!

@mikekazimer @sarahmoore any chance we can get the title typo fixed? And maybe thumbnail changed back? I think the photo of Adrian’s zebra car does this the most justice!
  • 31 1
 WinCo Factory racing is funded via shady offshore accounts. Grocery Outlet Factory racing puts them to shame
  • 19 0
 Team GrossOut's regular use of Nature's Bakery fig bars might constitute doping in some professional circles
  • 5 0
 There's no fuel quite like just-about-to-expire BOGO granola bars though!
  • 9 0
 Says the "team" without an official WWC raceplate. WinCo racers may be too poor to afford the season pass so you'll never see one, but at least we're recognized
  • 1 0
 Team GrossOut for life. I have a sticker machine and will get on it. Let me know if there is a logo already XD
  • 1 0
 @nw-rhb: I've already started on decals and jerseys, will keep you posted.
  • 27 0
 Makes me want to put on my xtigers, go grab my bros, stop by Winco for affordable food and drink, and shred the ever living shit out of a muddy rooty hillside.
  • 12 0
 grab my bros or gals* can't be leaving the other half out of this one
  • 18 1
 Best mountain bike film ever made
  • 10 0
 Such a great film! I loved how there is a complete lack of ego from the riders and filming style. Just a bunch of people out riding bikes in one of the worst weather patterns I've ever seen in the PNW. Congrats to everyone involved, you crushed it!
  • 12 0
 perfectly depicts the bellingham mtb community
  • 9 0
 Okay so the Zebra Zuki has integrated lubrication but we don't have this on bikes in 2022? Something is wrong with the way we innovate.
  • 1 1
 Pretty sure auto lube systems have been available many times over the years.
  • 10 0
 #1 best mountain bike film ever made. easy dubs
  • 9 0
 Probably the best bike movie that I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot of bike movies.
  • 3 0
 Yo your ‘fit was firing
  • 3 0
 @Rmarcus: drip or drown, and I know how to swim
  • 10 0
 Fuckin rad. Nice work!
  • 7 0
 Logan put together and amazing soundtrack for this movie, and fortunately for us, Eric put it in a nice little playlist! Check it out! Amazing work on this, guys. So, so good. - Dan and the rest of us at Fanatik
  • 4 0
 Finally. So refreshing to see content that focuses on the heart of why we all ride bikes! You don't have to be a pro to make captivating content, I wish the ski industry could take a note from this and learn to leave all the ego's behind.
  • 5 0
 This movie represents all the best things about mountain biking. Absolutely killed it, thanks for putting this together!
  • 2 0
  good shit go౦ԁ sHit thats ✔ some goodshit rightthere right✔there ✔✔if i do ƽaү so my self i say so thats what im talking about right there right there (chorus: ʳᶦᵍʰᵗ ᵗʰᵉʳᵉ) mMMMMᎷМ НO0ОଠOOOOOОଠଠOoooᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒ Good shit
  • 4 0
 Was was awesome to show off my "landscaping" in the movie, I showed it to my realtor and he was stoked!!
  • 4 0
 Radically wholesome and a damn good time
  • 3 0
 Absolutely give this a watch, better yet toss it up on the smart TV for optimal party experience.
  • 4 0
 It turned out so good! It was a blast filming it
  • 4 0
 So many good moments in here. Awesome quotes and fun riding. Loved it!
  • 3 0
 Hate to have to call it this early but that’s your Video of the Year. Consider me fired up.
  • 2 0
 Such a good reminder of why mountainbiking is awesome. Just grab your bike and your friends and go have a good time. I really enjoyed thisSmile
  • 3 0
 Big ups that was a sick wan for all the boys and girls
  • 4 0
 Very nice I like
  • 3 0
 Man...when the Simon and Garfunkel kicks in 3
  • 4 0
 That was fucking awesome
  • 3 0
 The best! You are all the best
  • 3 0
 Emerick is an absolute swag unit.
  • 3 0
 There's pro's in bellingham?
  • 2 0
 MAKES ME WANT TO RIDE MY BIKE SO BAD
  • 2 0
 well done. super rad. i love this
  • 2 0
 Adrian, I have a John Beere window sticker for your zebra!
  • 1 0
 Sweet video!- captures the reason my son lives there. The bike scene is awesome and people are real!
  • 3 0
 dis cool
  • 3 0
 Hot damn; That was good.
  • 3 0
 So good! Much enjoy
  • 2 0
 A film about just riding bikes in the woods. Perfect.
  • 3 0
 Lentils ftw
  • 1 0
 pumped to go ride bicycles!
  • 1 0
 What a ton of fun! Great job.
  • 2 0
 Very nice programming
  • 2 0
 A good good good movie.
  • 1 0
 Since when is killer on PB
  • 1 0
 now way its Kmoney
  • 1 0
 what's up Killer
  • 1 0
 I’ve always been here duh@loganpnelson:
  • 2 0
 well done!
  • 2 0
 so good
  • 2 0
 fucking awesome
  • 2 0
 best bike film ever made
  • 1 0
 best thing I've watched in a long time, love the spirit.
  • 1 0
 This gave me a big ol' smile. Such good spirit and beautifully well done!
  • 1 0
 I enjoyed this very much!
  • 1 0
 Yaaaaa Bham crew, that was so rad!
  • 1 0
 proppppeerrrrrrrlyyy soaked! Stoked
  • 2 0
 Well done Eric!
  • 1 0
 The peoples video, amazing job!!
  • 1 0
 yeah, some o the best !
  • 1 0
 Good times had by all!
  • 1 0
 10/10 enjoyed that!
  • 1 0
 Awesome job everyone!
  • 2 2
 What trail is that big roll on at 10:20
  • 9 0
 SST
  • 1 0
 @RFrogh: Thanks what about the one at 12:59
  • 7 0
 @rsmisko: Also SST, crazy how long and diverse that trail is. Make sure you check out U Line and Evo while you're at it, some of the best secret trails in the US Wink
  • 1 0
 @deonvg: thank you
  • 1 0
 @rsmisko: these guys are full of it.
  • 1 0
 @tackytraks: I just booked 4 days in July I can’t wait
  • 2 5
 Make sure to come visit Bellingham for Northwest Tune-Up Bikes / Music / Beer July 8-10
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