Video: Trailer for 'Free Riding in Iran' With Anita & Caro Gehrig

Aug 27, 2018
by Sarah Moore  


In the West, one knows above all the Iranian moral rigor and war rhetoric, the Enduro professionals Anita and Caro Gehrig experience open-minded people, hospitality, a great interest in the West and last but not least an unconditional passion for mountain biking. There is a reason for this. The bike is a vehicle for freedom, because on the trails, no moral guardians exist. Freeride, or better Free Riding, gets another dimension in the land of mullahs. Although you might not be able to understand each other's words, on a bike you always speak the same language. Free Ride Iran is a movie about courage, passion and mutual inspiration on two wheels.

In cooperation with Halsundbeinbruch Film, the Gehrig Twins realized their long-planned video project in May 2018. The result is a 25-minute documentary film that will celebrate its premiere at the UCI World Championships in Lenzerheide.







The movie has been supported through Red Bull and Samsung Switzerland.

Photos: Simon Ricklin


90 Comments

  • + 29
 Glad to see some people getting out there, seeing this world and building bridges. From all accounts Iranians are wonderful people. Pity about the dickheads running the joint.
  • + 30
 Dickeads run the world
  • + 10
 The more we do what we want, in spite of the dickheads, the more power we have
  • + 1
 building bridges?? How many iranians can afford MTBs? We´re only stroking our own urge to feel like we´re not escaping realities but via mountainbiking we´re actually making the world a better place... BS..
  • + 6
 @kurisuchan: Mate are you even optimistic about life or ever traveled there. Anyone wishing to ride can afford a bike for their need here, it’s only the last six months that US sanctions is bringing a high inflation rate here. It is a great country which has been presented to world just like another evil from Middle East. These girls traveled safely and had fun everywhere and didn’t get harmed by any means, only laughter and good memories. All our women biking teams and athletes are winning and racing in Asia and Europe how can not women ride here in Iran then.
  • + 2
 @RedRedRe: Didn't you listen to Beyoncé? "Who run the world? GIRLS"
  • + 3
 +1
have met so many nice and polite Iranians, pity the whole country has such a bad reputation, the people is wonderful
  • + 0
 @mb00033: Everyone believes in what he/she wants. I don't want to say bad things about 3rd world countries, I don't want to try to convince you that world is a dangerous place in many aspects and many areas. The only thing I am trying to do by answering on your kind-world-believing comment is to warn others that one nice-happy-ending story does not mean that there aren't a lot of others bad-ended stories.
I know a lot more about Middle East countries as I live closer to them and I know a lot of guys/girls who traveled there and they can tell a lot of other stories.
So everyone must believe in what he want, but still, if you are planning a trip to middle east countries, be prepared for anythingWink
Good luck!
  • + 2
 @ivankvkharkiv:
Bro I am an Iranian living in Iran, that is good enough reason to write what I wrote. U more interested in stories then I’m living the story and I tell you what, it’s all happiness and laughs. Any country u go, there are places that doesn’t suite the tourist might as well for the person from that country, so it all depends. Peace out.
  • + 1
 @kurisuchan: Iran actually has a very active cycling community. Some of their roadies are the best climbers in the world.
  • + 13
 .....just looking at the gun deaths in the usa ..... more likely to be shoot in the usa.....
  • - 5
flag mm732 (Aug 27, 2018 at 14:16) (Below Threshold)
 crime rates vary widely by uh local populus.
  • - 1
 Yeah but in countries like Iran you can’t own a gun so when the government comes to get you because of your beliefs there is nothing you can do, in the U.S. everybody has guns, it’s just how we do so of course more people get shot, but we can say do pretty much anything without fear of political persecution so pick your poison
  • + 7
 Great, all these discussions, before the movie has even been shown! : ) I'm swiss and I've been in Iran twice. Who thinks its a 3rd world country should first visit it! Its clean, high speed internet almost everywhere, you can drink water from any faucet, almost no crime, delicious food, magnificent culture and extremely respectful and friendly, well educated people. Besides the scary regime the people seem more open minded and civilised then many westeners. Unfortunately many americans are more brainwashed by their 'regime' then most iranians. I hope that when this movie comes out, it will open the eyes of some narrow-minded mountainbikers and westerners and make brave iranian mountainbikers proud of what they have achieved!
And go and ride the iranian trails, they are awesome!! : )
  • + 5
 It’s amusing all the fighting and douchebag comments made on pink bike forums. We’re here because we share a common interest yet damn near everyone, regardless their country of origin focuses on the differences. I get it, the USA sucks and your dick is bigger than my dick. Get the f*ck over it or live in comparative misery for f*ck sakes.
  • + 2
 Life is short. If you're drawn to adventure someplace that may be dangerous, go, but be cautious. Everest is a hostile place and many will die ascending, but a "natural" death is much more accepted by society than an "unnatural" one! Be the change you want to see!
  • + 0
 Heart disease and Cancer aren't natural but these are very much accepted.
  • + 4
 If they want to spice things up, engage in homosexual activities while you´re there and Iran will show just how nice of a country it is!!!!
  • + 5
 "Redbull Rampage - Iran edition" @redbull, make it happen! Big Grin
  • - 24
flag patrickbatemanworldtour89 (Aug 27, 2018 at 12:55) (Below Threshold)
 Followed by "RedBull Rampage Down" "Iron Eagle Rampage Edition" "How many westerners have been held captive in Iran this time?" "Why your pro athlete friend/family member is going to be imprisoned indefinitely for espionage" "How to get shot riding a mountain bike"
  • + 20
 @LoganKM1982:
^ Standard issue brainwashed American checking in
  • + 20
 @ollyman: #2 checking in. Direct quote from the US State Department:

"Do not travel to Iran due to the risk of arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens.

There is a very high risk of arrest and detention of U.S. citizens in Iran, particularly U.S.-Iranian dual nationals.

Iranian authorities continue to unjustly detain and imprison U.S. citizens, including students, journalists, business travelers, and academics, on charges including espionage and posing a threat to national security. U.S.-Iranian dual nationals are particularly susceptible to arrest for these charges. Consular access to detained U.S. citizens is often denied."

Tell me that is completely unsubstantiated? However, I am very much looking forward to this film, looks amazing.
  • - 4
flag Chingus-Dude (Aug 27, 2018 at 13:15) (Below Threshold)
 Iran edition would blow rampage out of the field
  • + 28
 @utahben: I am looking forwaed to a film where US citizens are unjustly imprisoned in Iran. Ben Affleck playing CIA agent arranges fake RedBull Rampage in Iran, they parachute Richie Schley (played by Matthew McConnaghuey) who teaches prisoners to ride bikes. They attend the contest and send it through the border. Brett Tippe (played by Lorenzo Lamas) who was commenting the contest gets captured and never gets back home. The movie ends as Marine Soldiers shoot a round on a memorial each wearing socks long live Muricah and Tippie.
  • - 3
 @WAKIdesigns: but Tippie is Canadian, I thought nobody had problems with Canadians right? friendliest people ever
  • + 3
 @WAKIdesigns: Lorenzo Lamas, why you gotta be like that with Tippie, what did he ever do to you?
  • - 1
 @ollyman: -- Typical selective memory Eurotrash checking in.
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: The sequel could be called 'Radical Islam - Ayatollah Tippie rides again'
  • - 3
 @ollyman: That's me dude. You got it. Way to sum a person up with just a few words of what they say. Also, go f*ck yourself
  • - 5
flag patrickbatemanworldtour89 (Aug 27, 2018 at 15:07) (Below Threshold)
 @ollyman: My comments had nothing to do with what looks like an amazing film you idiot.
  • + 8
 How about a film that shows how Iran is trying to exterminate ISIS while certain western countries secretly support them through back doors? Ever wonder why the worlds most powerful military ever is taking decades to beat a handful of thugs? Just change their name every few years so no one will notice.
  • + 0
 @utahben: Whoa easy with the facts there buddy, only room for overly-emotional shallow “thinking” and conspiracy theories here.

Here’s for all the virtue-signaling chaps who whine about things like “male riders shouldn’t get paid more” (even though they draw more viewers and are objectively faster & better riders) etc: there is a Fatwa (religious law) against women riding bikes in your beloved Iran. They will be arrested:

www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/264378/iranian-fatwa-women-may-not-ride-bicycles-dr-majid-rafizadeh

So who/what do you really support?

Women or Iran?
  • + 3
 @dtm1: wtf should we choose between women and Iran?
Of course I support women's rights, and I also support an open mind towards other cultures. This is a must better way to understand each other and grow up.
  • + 1
 @t1000: yes there must be, but it's currently not the case and muslim theocracy, american imperialism, propaganda from both sides are all to blame
  • + 2
 @t1000: You really don’t see the contradiction in that position do you?

How can you support a country that treats as women as lower than animals (literally)... and support women?!
  • + 0
 @Boardlife69: That is an incredibly naive persepctive.
  • + 0
 @dtm1: Alot of cities in Iran actually have clean air days, where they encourage men and women to commute with bikes
  • + 0
 @dtm1: yours perspective is naive. There have been many reports of back door funding of ISIS by certain intelligence agencies and defense contracters. Even a US congresswomen tried to introduce a bill to stop funding ISIS. But it didnt go anywhere, and the funding and "fighting" continue$$$. The US has a propagandic media bubble problem. I have to agree with Trump when he says fake news because it is.
  • + 5
 @utahben:Hey bro, the world isn't all American. In fact most european countries were trying to get along with Iran, it's only you guys that have a problem with them.
  • + 2
 My work mate is from Lattakia in Syria. He does not appreciate Iran. And defo not Israel. Neither US, nor Russia. He is kind of, how about you all get the fk out. But he likes to drink Chartreuse so he is obviously damaged.
  • + 1
 @LoganKM1982: Dude... I couldn't have said it better myself !!! LOL!! Great comback
  • + 3
 @dtm1: I don't support them, I just keep my mind open to share with them, rather than just pointing at what's bad and giving them shit about it. There are plenty of interesting things in their culture too, you know. No contradiction there at all.

US is far from perfect too, how have the blacks been treated there in the last 100 years? They had to fight and they even got killed trying to get some decent rights. So please stay humble when talking about other countries, they have their faults but we all do. Why not focus on what could unite us rather than what divides us. Your attitude only pushes polarization a little more, and that's good for no one.
  • + 1
 @t1000: Not Switzerland. We have ZERO faults. Zero. Except maybe its a bit expensive but other than that, nadda. Wink
  • + 3
 @Sarah Moore / Halsundbeinbruch / the Gehrigs:
When will the film be available for those of us who can't make it to Lenzerheide? I'd pay to watch on iTunes!
  • + 1
 The geography of Iran is amazing-- so much potential. There is a scene over there last I heard. They've even had Nationals races. Sucks about the tariffs though, since I'm sure that makes getting access to decent bikes much more difficult and expensive, among countless other things.Anyone interested in more should check out this gem:
www.pinkbike.com/news/a-new-kind-of-bike-film-mountain-bike-out-of-the-box-iran-2014.html
www.reelhouse.org/uprising/mountain-bike-out-of-the-box-iran214
  • + 2
 Very cool! But looks a little more like all-mountain/enduro than freeriding. Thoughts?
  • + 3
 You didn't understand freeriding then.
  • + 0
 @colincolin: Been freeriding my whole life...help me understand.
  • + 2
 @ADGproductions: free = no limitations
  • + 1
 Wasn't there a couple who were killed recently while riding bike in the middle east by ISIS?
  • + 7
 No, it was in Tajikistan... there is no ISIS in Iran. Iranians are Shia Muslims and ISIS is Sunni. It's being run by the US-sponsored Saudis.
  • + 6
 Yep, Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan. As well as several backpacking hitchhikers who think world peace is accomplished by personal journies of discovery...
  • + 1
 I drone’t know about riding Iran; strikes me as a dangerous idea.
  • + 2
 Iran really isn't too dangerous. Their main efforts are against state actors and those in the private sector who enact state policies. From a civilian stand point, Iran is relatively safe as long as you don't wander off alone in certain regions or decide to break cultural norms by offending the local populous or breaking laws. The Iranian experience can be quite nice and welcoming. It's also important to know that different regions of the country have different vibes. The days of the Ayatollah preaching death to Western devil's is mostly done--but surely not non existent.
  • - 7
flag garygrimm (Aug 27, 2018 at 12:27) (Below Threshold)
 @Mntneer: Yeah... You totally missed the pun.
  • + 19
 I did. Now that I see it, it makes no sense and is even worse
  • - 1
 Hell no
  • - 2
 @Mntneer: Yeah no, really isn't too dangerous isn't good enough. And how do you find out if an area is off limits? Is there an easy way or just the hard way? And it's not safe if you OFFEND people?

They do seem like some of the nicest smartest people around though, no joke. Still, seems like the most ill advised trip ever.
  • + 5
 @LoganKM1982: That's the case for the majority of the world. Break out of the fear bubble and travel man!
The world and particularly the USA would be better off if we could all experience and understand other cultures more.
  • - 2
 @Dustfarter: ANd when this culture will understant that rape is a crime, not a punishment?! And women should be free to live not as a slave?!
  • + 6
 Iran out of reasons to belive what the media tells me.
  • + 2
 @Mntneer: @Mntneer: How´s the laws on homosexuality? Blasphemy? Marrying your cousin?
  • + 1
 @kurisuchan: know a Dutch gay friend which after traveling to Iran said forget about LA I’m moving to Iran.
U can talk about religion everywhere but don’t write it in any Magz.
Marrying your cousin is very common.
  • + 1
 @mb00033: so your friend like´s persian cock up his ass. Big whoop!
  • - 1
 Excellently exciting and singularly interesting!!! Looking forwards....

PS: why does it have to be sponsored by... Samsung?
  • + 2
 why should it not be?
  • + 4
 Would you prefer Samsang?
  • + 3
 @Tmackstab: Or samswang
  • + 2
 @Franzzz Nothing is free, somebody has to pay the expenses.
  • + 1
 Is nothing in this world free from reality deprived virtue signalling?
  • + 1
 Hi Anita and Caro, looks awesome, can't wait to see it!
  • + 1
 Awesome, hardly waiting to see it!
  • + 2
 smells like teen spirit.
  • + 1
 Thank you @simonricklin phtography for the awesome pictures!
  • + 0
 Smells like opium.
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