With New Zealand having moved back into lock down, I'd say we've all got a little more time on our hands than usual. If like us, you don't have any safe, easy trails that are within pedaling distance and need another way to get your mountain bike fix. We've compiled a list below of some of our favourite, free, and feature-length mountain bike videos below to get you through the weekend! We'll continue dropping our favourite videos over the duration of lock down, so keep an eye on our social feeds and don't feel guilty about binge watching all these in one weekend.
Evolve | A Local Queenstown MTB Movie
Arguably one of the most iconic riding destinations in the world, Queenstown plays host to incredible riding, incredible scenery and an incredible mountain biking community. Evolve showcases the best Queenstown has to offer. As an ex-local, this film has a special place in my heart.
"2 years in the making and its finally here! Witness why so many people love riding in Queenstown and shred the insane trails it has to offer.
Created by local film makers with local riders.
Evolve MTB film follows the concept of the constant changing aspects of bikes to best suit the environment they are in. From Downhill bikes to enduro its got it all. See the famous spots Queenstown has to ride from the Gorge Road trails to the big jumps of Dream Track. I decided challenge myself from creating small MTB edits and deep dive into a movie project. What a journey it has been mistakes were made and lessons learned but we got there in the end. Mad respect for people who create these type of films a lot of work goes into them behind the scenes and I am glad i got to experience the process.
Thanks to all the talented riders that featured in this film."
Tea & Biscuits
To me Tea & Biscuits encapsulates all that is mountain biking: banter, speed, friends, freedom. I watched this film for the first time on a trip with a few pro riders and we were all enthralled.
"A mountain bike film capturing the current scene at its core, from the big dogs to the unknown senders and up 'n' coming future shredders."
Follow the Fraser
Follow the Fraser is about rediscovering big mountain free riding. While Tea & Biscuits wants me to go session trails in the woods with my friends, Follow the Fraser makes me want to go push deep into the back country and find new riding.
"Kyle Norbraten, James Doerfling, and Tom van Steenbergen want to rediscover their Canadian homeland. In search of undiscovered trails, they follow the Fraser River north from the Sunshine Coast to the Sibola mountain range in British Columbia. The three mountain bikers plan to reach deep into their bag of tricks to build and ride features along the way, but they'll need the right terrain. Til now, the Sibola range—named after one of the mythical Seven Cities of Gold—has never been tested for its bikeability, but they're hoping to strike it big..."
Won't Back Down: The Steve Peat Story
One of the most iconic characters in mountain biking, Peaty has been around forever. Won't Back Down documents his journey, and the story of mountain biking, specifically downhill.
"From his humble beginnings in his hometown of Sheffield, England, Steve Peat has established himself as the one of the worlds most iconic cyclists. Peaty has been competing at the top level in his chosen sport of downhill mountain bike racing for the past 23 years, longer than the lifetime of many of his current competitors. Through 20 years of archival footage and photos and intimate interviews with Steve, his family, close friends and competitors, Won’t Back Down takes viewers on a captivating tour of the history of the sport of downhill mountain bike racing and offers a never-before-seen view into the life and legacy of this enduring icon."