Riding with friends. The short-of-breath chats on the climbs, the hoots and hollers of a joyous descent, cracking a beer and toasting to a good ride while kicking back on the tailgate. These are the moments that define us as mountain bikers, when we enjoy the connection to each other as well as the environment around us. They're also the moments we sought to capture in the Community segment of Return to Earth.
One of the best things about being a kid is the ability to live in the moment without the burden of responsibility. Tomorrow’s to-do list is of no concern unless it involves having fun. It was that notion that led to Anthill Films creating an entire segment for Return to Earth around a group of care-free youth in the Whistler Bike Park.
Brett Rheeder draws lines on a landscape like a painter’s brush on canvas. Learn how creative expression shape Brett’s Utah segment for Anthill’s new feature film, Return to Earth.
Green River, Utah is a modern day ghost town, its quiet streets and empty buildings swallowed up by the desert stretching out in all directions; nothing is “near” to here. It just so happens that this desert holds the mother lode for freeriding terrain. And while only a handful of riders have the vision, skill and nerves to ride in this foreboding landscape, what they accomplish here constantly reshapes the face of mountain biking as we know it.
Routine is the last thing you expect to encounter on a mountain bike film trip. But we know the routine so well in Green River after a few days we already have the breakfast menu memorized as Carlos verbally reads it to us each morning. Eventually he stops reading it aloud and some of us are simply having the usual. Time seems to slip away in the desert.