Wow, this might be a first: a cross-country mountain biking film that will inspire you to ride. Not only is it cross-country, not freeride, DH, or pseudo-MX, it starts with Justin Leov riding uphill — uphill — and it’s still a buzz to watch.
Kudos to filmmaker Tim Pierce, who did a masterful job with the pacing, camera work, and editing, and conveys a ride across the beautiful and muted autumn landscape near Lake Wanaka, New Zealand, with rhythm, excitement, and flow. Too often, bike films rely on money shots of hucking to inflate artificially the stoke, leaving out much of the in between. Pierce’s film has just a couple tiny incidental airs — the tires are rooted through the ride — and yet it’s as stimulating as any cycling flick. Maybe because it’s easy to picture yourself railing those berms, humping up the hills, and skidding to a halt down by the river with heart pounding and spirit on fire.