“Every new trail you travel on or off the beaten path brings uncertainty. Riding bikes in a place like this forces you to pay attention to the terrain, listen closely to suggestions on how to move through it. Instead of success and failure you became to think in terms of adaptation and forward motion.”
Enjoy this short film featuring Osprey athlete Lorraine Blancher as she explores the mountain bike trails on the border of Argentina and Chile.
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.
The call of the mountain is even stronger during winter, when the snow breaks the tree-tops and the cold weather freezes
the bones. During this time, when most people put their bike to rest, an adventure between two Italian buddies began.
They aimed to search for the COLD VEIN, that vein which come back to pulsate in the winter wilderness.
This was an experience that brought Giorgio and Francesco to find more than what they were searching for.
A journey through their own limits, where what is important, is not the width of the tires but the extent of the horizons.
The video is dedicated to Walter Belli, a dear friend who had a bad injury during a DH session and who is still fighting every day with the wilderness alive in his heart.
Self filmed with a Canon 500D (2009), a GoPro HERO4 and a “no brand” alluminum tripod.
Aerial filming by APR Italia. Edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.
Music: Ark Life - "Some Unheroic Hill"
A huge thanks for those who continues to believe in our project:
Adidas Eyewear, Alpine Threadworks, Chromag, Endura, EVOC, Ferrino, Five Ten, Formula Brakes, Genesis Bikes, GSI Outdoors, Leisure Lakes Bikes, Porcelain Rocket, Rode, Rycote, SOG Knives, Vittoria.
Megamoon is a film about a journey by bike where love and adventure come together. Hannah’s personal story of how she came to be pulling a heavy trailer across the world's longest mountain bike trail known as the Great Divide. For more info visit maiamedia.co.uk/megamoon/
**Official Selection for the Kendal Mountain Film Festival 2014
**Official Selection for the Kendal Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2015
**Silver Award Winner of the 'Best Spirit of Adventure' film at Sheffield Adventure Film Festival 2015
**Espoo Ciné International Film Festival 2016
** South West Outdoor Festival 2016