Gravitate will be a free-to-view online documentary film, made available to view on the Dirt/ Mpora platform, following downhill mountain bike riders competing in the Scottish Downhill Association (SDA) Series and Scottish Championships. Gravitate is filmed and edited by Stefan Morrocco (Morrocco Media) and will premiere at the Dundee Mountain Film Festival on the 26th of November ( dundeemountainfilm.org.uk/ ). This film will showcase the diversity, varying backgrounds and skill levels of those who meet once a month over the summer to race in the SDA series. The film is aimed at the “mountain and adventure film festival” market, to act as a promotional tool to encourage new people to try the sport and showcase the quality, growth and diversity of downhill mountain bike racing in Scotland. The soundtrack for the film will feature Scottish bands, some of which will be up and coming, unsigned bands.
The aim of Gravitate is to raise the profile of downhill mountain bike racing to those outside of the sport and to demonstrate the diversity of the people who participate in the sport, in that it is not only dominated by amazingly fast elite riders, in order to encourage more people to try the sport. Gravitate will go someway to dispelling the myths that the sport is for crazy, unfit, fat blokes who can not ride their bikes uphill, but is actually done by dedicated, fit and perfectly sane people. The film will investigate why people ‘Gravitate’ towards the sport and specifically to race in Scotland, what motivates them to race, what their aims are, how the different individuals/ groups approach the sport/ races and what makes them take part in what is often perceived as a dangerous sport.
The cast list includes the 2009 Scottish Series Champion and World Cup Rider, Chris Hutchens; Perth City Cycles Team (which includes World Cup rider Fergus Lamb); potential future World Cup rider, Joe Connell; Highline Racing Team (Tom Lamb, James Shirley and Ronan Taylor); the older member of the group, masters rider, Ian McIntosh; Paul and Sara Rennie, who are first time racers; Darren Wilson, a constantly improving junior rider who is entirely dependent on his parents to drive 4-5 hours from Campbletown to attend races; and one of the top female riders in Scotland, Bex Reiley.