Old School Throwback: Ride to the Hills

Apr 5, 2013 at 1:44
by Matt Wragg  
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 long before Rampage was conceived. Darcy Wittenburg of The Collective/Anthill worked on the cinematography and was there ever a film where Sterl wasn’t somehow involved? - Jason Chamberlain – from the archives of Cinema Gravity
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77 Comments

  • + 27
 This is the best mountain bike movie of all time! I still have a VHS copy sealed in plastic wrap, you all jealous!
  • + 17
 Anyone out there got a VHS recorder.
  • + 8
 I watched Ride To The Hills 48 times..........Last week! EPIC!
  • + 1
 This my fav of all time as well. The soundtrack is the best...wu tang, amon tobin, morcheeba etc... Ryan Leech making us all look stupid... wades acting... these r things that make men cry...
  • + 4
 Shot at 2:11 is friggin sick! Power wheelie drift!
  • + 2
 I own this on VHS. Make it a ritual to watch it on my birthday every year...................its that good!
  • + 1
 best birthdays ever hey,
  • + 1
 that movie was sick, i just heard of it today and watch it right away! Though it's quite recent i mean 2001 not that far, since when pps started doing 360, backflips and stuff more advanced tricks ???
  • + 12
 THE BEST MTB VIDEO OF ALL TIME. Please please please bring it back for us to buy in HD!!!!
  • + 5
 amen to that
  • + 3
 Since it was not shot in HD, this video capture is about as hi res as it will ever get. 720x480 60fps
  • + 1
 Sterl was involved. Check out the credits at the end.
  • + 1
 I know. That is what I said.
  • + 2
 my bad.
  • + 8
 I love how Jordie Lunn is in this and in Alchemy, on the pinkbike front page, on the same day. So rad... been killing it for days!
  • + 4
 i understand that this movie was way before my time in mountainbiking came to be, but now that i have finally see a bit more of the culture and where it came besides all of the NWD movies. i appreciate these guys for killing it and furthering the sport we all love. and on top of that. i appreciate pinkbike for giving me a chance to see this epic film.
  • + 9
 "My brother says you're totally washed!"
  • + 3
 That's Vanderham's little bro isn't it?
  • + 1
 Yes. Ryan.
  • + 1
 best part
  • + 1
 who happens to kill it in alchemy
  • + 4
 I was at the premier in Vancouver. It was a great night and the place was packed. Dave and Andrew stole the show and it was this movie that really flipped the switch to big mnt riding. I dig what Crankworks has done over the years but I think if you asked Dave or Thomas back then if short travel bikes doing 6 tricks while riding past a multitude of useless lines was the future...the would've laughed. Rampage is the exception. Bottom line... Wicked movie.
  • + 4
 The good old days... back when you didn't have to spend $5000 to get a Shimano XT level bike...The wages haven't changed, but the bike prices keep going up and up...
  • + 3
 the bikes were every bit as expensive back then, not to mention everything weighed a ton and didn't work worth a damn. The m1 shandro rides is one of the few bikes back then that didn't ride like complete shit or break every 2 weeks. I dont know how wade did it on those old rockys, so much skill and flow
  • + 3
 I saw the premiere of this flick at the SRAM party at Sea Otter that year. Pretty awesome. Wade was a few feet away while my friends and I hooted and hollered. We were in awe of that step down he did at the end. So awesome.
  • + 3
 Such a classic! Would love to know where some of these riders are today? Jesse Roberts had a ton of footage in this video - does he still ride? I think I may have heard of that Wade guy a couple of times since RTTH...
  • + 1
 Ghosts brother... Hiding in the mist.
  • + 1
 I remember watching all the Kranked and NWD films at this time. While those were great films in their own right, Ride to the Hills was different and better for some reason. I just wanted ride like every single one of those guys. Thanks for bringing it back into the limelight.
  • + 1
 That was awesome! I've never seen it before. I just saw Ryan Leech at a bike show last month and he's got some mad skills! Was Dangerous Dave riding 24" wheels? Sterling Lawrence has been entwined in the best of everything visual presented about mountain biking; he's a master.
  • + 1
 You mention Darcy and Sterling in the intro but you must remember this was a one off flick by Jorli Ricker, he was the main man behind all of this movie and he has a very unique and creative vision. If you sled check out the Fourcast series of movies which Jorli has made since, they are epic!
  • + 1
 I watched this Video first time back in 2002 when i started to Ride Downhill / Freeride. And still i gotta say its a Masterpiece even after 12 Years i still love to Watch it. I still hope it comes on DVD or BlueRay since my VHS Recorder doesnt work anymore ...
  • + 2
 This is from a time when distortion was social, Alice was wrapped in chains, anddddd ourrrrrrr cddddddd playyyyyeeerrrrssss alll wayyyyyyssss seeeeeeeemmmmddd to skippppipppipppippp.
  • + 4
 The technology in bikes has moved on so much but some of the things that they do that movie i will never be able to do
  • + 3
 awesome to see part of my youth making a reappearance on PB! I watched this movie every day before school, was awesome. now bring on SHIFT!
  • + 3
 This one is a must see. This period in MTB was so fresh, everybody had a big heavy bike, it was unreal. Thanks PB
  • + 3
 This honestly gets me more stoked to ride than some of the new stuff that's come out
  • + 3
 ryan leech's segment and vanderham started it all for me at 12 years old. This was better than the first kranked stuff
  • + 3
 its definitely without a doubt, a fact, that this is the best mtb movie of all time
  • + 3
 RTTH still the best mtb movie ever! This was the movie that really got me into riding! miss those oak street jumps!
  • + 4
 Dave Watsen wheelie corner at 2:16...
  • + 3
 Shandro and Watson in Utah. So good seeing those huge lines being hit with a downhiller's speed.
  • + 1
 Best movie hands down. Got so jacked watching it that paused half way through and did 25km road ride on my street bike in our shit 0 degree Ontario weather. Now on to the test of the movie!
  • + 3
 Its great looking back over the years gone by, its just getting better and better
  • + 2
 When the RM7 was the sickest bike out there, no footers were idolized and hucking it off rooofs was the coollllest!
  • + 3
 Refused, used on a soundtrack before the scenekids knew who they were
  • + 2
 RTTH! Timeless Classic!! Still got the VHS sitting on top o the stack! Wonder if someone has "SHIFT" somewhere!
  • + 2
 I have Shift, also a classic
  • + 2
 That one is in the Cinema Gravity archives as well. We can try and post it down the road.
  • + 3
 Woo hoo yes Wade rocks it. Yo.
  • + 2
 Ride to the hills - Ride for your lives!
  • + 1
 Classic! My fav film of all times.
  • + 2
 One of the finest bike films, can you get it on DVD?
  • + 1
 I have only ever seen it on VHS.
  • + 2
 such a good soundtrack. they don't make them like this anymore
  • + 1
 You guys might wana edit out "Ride the Lightning" at 30:00 before Metallica sues you haha! I kid I kid.
  • + 2
 now that's the way to start the day!
  • + 2
 This one is a gem - very memorable. Watched it countless times.
  • + 1
 Awesome! I have not seen this in years. I would totally buy this on itunes.
  • + 2
 can you please super heroes with super-T
  • + 1
 Search for the holy trail has to be coming soon
  • + 1
 Amen to that. 'The Shore' one of my all time favourite segments.
  • + 1
 Pretty crazy to see Wade tearing it up on an RM7
  • + 2
 Dimmu Borgir lol
  • + 2
 Good way to start the video!
  • + 1
 Is that Lester off the Cleveland show at 3:34?
  • + 1
 Lester Krinklesac, hehehe.
  • + 1
 Just watched this today...for the first time!
  • + 1
 I watched it numerous times, it is the best
  • + 1
 Thank you!! Miss the time...Mountainbiking was Mountainbiking!
  • + 2
 So ahead of its time.
  • + 1
 Thank you PB ! made my day
  • + 1
 Excellent!
  • + 1
 finally
  • + 1
 thank you so much!
  • + 1
 simply the best

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