Self-shot and edited whilst cycling around the world, this short film charts my winter journey into the Canadian Arctic as I completed my bike ride up the American continent. Compelled by Jack London’s assertion, that ‘any man who is a man can travel alone’, I sought an adventure of perfect solitude. Yet, as I came to realise, the harsh truths of travelling in such a formidable environment were a long way from the romantic images I’d held of this land. The Frozen Road is an honest reflection on my solo trip; of the wonder, terror and frustration I experienced when riding through the unforgiving emptiness of one of the world's 'last great wildernesses'.
Notable awards for the film:
'Special Jury Mention' - Banff Mountain Film Festival
'Honourable Mention' - Kendal Mountain Film Festival
'Best Director' - Bilbao Mendi Film Festival
'Spirit of Adventure' - 5Point Film Festival
'Best Adventure Film' - New York WILD
'Shane McConkey Award' - Wasatch Mountain Film Festival
'People's Choice Award' - Banff World Tour (Italy)
Featuring in the Banff World Tour 2018
AA Bondy - Mightiest of Guns
Rasmus Brix - Josefine
Tom Rosenthal - Go Solo
Thanks to Fatback Bikes for their equipment support.
If you've enjoyed this film please think about donating whatever you think it was worth/can afford to help cover some of the costs of making it and releasing it for FREE! Between 2014 and 2017 I pedalled my way across five continents, filming the entire journey as I went. I'm hoping to turn that footage into a longer film later this year and so any kind support will really help make that happen :) PLUS any donators will receive a download of The Frozen Road for free! Please follow the PayPal button on the link below. Thanks, Ben.
What happens when four like-minded adventurers head into one of the world’s wildest mountain ranges with nothing but their mountain bikes and enough food to survive for 10 days?
The answer? What doesn’t happen? Terrifying lightning storms. Raging-river crossings. Snow-covered glacial pass traverses. Mind-melting descents. Constant fights with vicious dogs. Tense encounters with over-zealous border-patrol guards.
All of the above were just another day following “The Trail to Kazbegi,” a self-supported mountain-bike mission through the highest reaches of the Caucasus Mountains in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. Our four-man team—adventure filmmaker Joey Schusler, Bike magazine editor Brice Minnigh, photographer Ross Measures and mountain man Sam Seward—spent half of June 2015 exploring the crown jewels of the Georgian High Caucasus on a feature assignment for Bike.
Along the way our crew overcame countless obstacles and experienced some of the most spectacular scenery and trails they had ever encountered. They also were treated to the unparalleled hospitality of the Georgian people and the benign indifference of the elements on their quest to reach the magnificent Mount Kazbek. In the process, they cemented lasting friendships and proved, yet again, that life is simply better in the mountains.
Brice Minnigh as “Bad Vlad”
Sam Seward as “The Boy”
Ross Measures as “ Mr. Mesurés”
Joey Schusler as “Dima”
Cinematography: Joey Schusler & Ross Measures
Aerial Cinematography: Joey Schusler
Motion Design & VFX: Paul Harrison (Shotgun Infinity)
Art Direction: Drew Pautler (Good Fortune Collective)
Photography: Ross Measures & Joey Schusler
POV Footage: Sam Seward
Editor: Joey Schusler
Associate Producer: Brice Minnigh (Bike Magazine), Travis Rummel (Felt Soul Media), Ross Measures
Post Production Sound: Keith White (Keith White Audio)
Expedition Logistics: Sam Seward, Tato Nadiradze, Tito Tomasi, GeoLand Maps
Supported by: Yeti Cycles, Smith Optics, Outdoor Research, ENVE Composites, SRAM, Skratch Labs, Sierra Nevada, Big Agnes, Revelate Designs
Media Partners: Bike Magazine, 5 Point Film Festival
Run Time: 15 minutes 30 seconds
Date of Completion: December 2015