The not-so-minor details
Where the Trail Ends - DVD
Holy Mary mother of God - he's gonna ride that?
Errm, don't quibble.
The scale of this film is simply ridiculous, in every respect. The terrain, the riding, the budget, the distance covered to film it… it’s like nothing the mountain bike world has seen before.
Where the Trail Ends is one of those mountain bike movies with a storyline, or a theme; essentially a crew of the world’s best freeriders find themselves getting complacent riding their usual stomping grounds in Utah and so begin scouring the earth, looking for the mix of desert terrain/cliff bands that make for perfect ‘big mountain’ freeride terrain. In reality, the storyline is just a very, very good excuse to travel to some of the most amazing locations on the planet (places as varied as the Gobi Desert in China, Argentina, Mustang in Nepal) and do the kind of things on bikes that we’re more accustomed to seeing in snow board films.
We want bang on too much about the individual segments of the film, but we will say that this film will redefine what you thought possible on a mountain bike. The steepness, the speeds, the absolute where-did-self-preservation-go-I’m-gonna-backflip-this-cliff insanity of it all… There is so much ridiculous skill, balls and creativity on display that you need to hit the pause button every few minutes just to let it soak in. Not to mention it’s all shot superbly in a way that is only possible with a budget such as Red Bull’s.
Beyond the riding, the film gives you a pretty good insight into just how hard these professional big mountain freeriders work too. Sure, there’s plenty of bro’ing and North American hugs, but seeing the work these guys put into crafting their lines, or hiking up huge hills in 40 degree heat with a downhill bike in tow, or checking themselves in crappy third-world hospitals after another slam, gives you new respect for them.
There may be other mountain bike videos with more soul, or that are easier to relate to as an average rider, but this is a landmark film and an absolute must-see. We give it five oversized balls.