After months of semi-frozen trails, dwindling daylight and a distinct lack of rubber on dirt, the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival kicks off the riding season with (hopefully) warm sunny days of demos, fresh produce from industry exhibitors and, of course, plentiful singletrack. Going down March 1 – 3, the festival is a three-day event located just outside downtown Sedona with close trail access and plenty of entertainment for the weekend, including Bike’s own event we’re hosting Saturday night in conjunction with Ten Barrel Brewing.

Located just north of downtown Sedona, the festival offers a location close to civilization, but also close to trails. If you manage to tear yourself away from all the shiny new toys on display from the expo exhibitors, you’ll still have to navigate through the all the bike demos, beer garden, and live music before you can hit dirt. If you find yourself too weighed down from the delicious food trucks on site to pedal, there are regular shuttles leaving the festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily to give you some time to digest before you put tracks in the red dust.

If you want to brush up on your riding skills before you hit the rock ledges of Sedona, both VIDA MTB  and Ryan Leech will be on site offering skills clinics daily for adults, and the Sedona Mountain Bike Academy has a mini-clinic for kids on Saturday, March 2.

After the full day of ogling, eating and riding, you’re probably going to want to take a break. On Saturday night, join us in viewing our favorite mountain bike films of the year. With doors opening at 7 p.m., the Bike Mag Movie Night is free if you have a festival pass, or will cost you a $10 donation to the Red Rock Trail Fund. The movie night will start out with two short films followed by three feature films.

Short Films:

Initiation: Growing up in the Wasatch Mountains

Photo: Steve Lloyd

Freedom is a tangible thing for most kids when they get out of school for summer, and there's no better place to feel free than the mountains. After putting away his books for the year, 11-year-old Weston Lloyd and his dad Steve planned a five-day bikepacking trip to explore their backyard in Utah's Wasatch mountains and immerse themselves in some serious father and son time. By sharing his knowledge of the mountains he loves, Steve opened up doors for Weston to explore new places and grow into a strong young man. This kind of initiation might be heavy for most kids this age, but Weston’s determination to carry his own weight and become his own man is truly inspiring. A film by Steve Lloyd.

Run time: 9 minutes

Against the Odds: Greg Callaghan Rises

Photo: Anthony Smith

Ireland's Greg Callaghan rides with the support of an entire country while rising the ranks of the Enduro World Series, as an unlikely but very real contender in the highly competitive series. Bike's video editor Satchel Cronk spent time with Callaghan on his home trails near Wicklow, Ireland, earlier this year, tracing how the lines of his past have guided his pro-race career.

Run time: 7 minutes

Featured Films:

No Quarter: Unridden Lines Crossing the Purcells

Photo: Margus Riga

A film by Max Berkowitz and Kevin Landry: A hardy crew of adventurers bikepack into British Columbia's Purcell mountains with the promise of big-mountain freeride lines and endless wilderness.

Run Time: 22 minutes

The Kora: A Two-wheeled Pilgrimage of Purification

Photo: Joey Schusler

High in the Himalayan hinterlands of southwest China, three majestic mountains soar above sprawling floodplains that spill into the country's sweltering lowlands. Over the centuries, various Dalai Lamas have ordained these towering peaks as sacred, and the Tibetan people who inhabit this isolated region revere them as granite gods. A pilgrimage around the base of these 19,000-foot-high giants is considered a holy undertaking, and those lucky enough to finish this arduous circuit—known as the 'Yading Kora'—hope the effort will purify a lifetime of negative karma. Inspired by this time-honored rite of passage, three adventurers set out to complete this kora on mountain bikes, carrying everything they need to survive the 10-day mission themselves.

Run Time: 14 minutes

Beautiful Idiot: Confronting Darkness and Seeking Light in a Quest for Perfection

Robb Thompson Photo

“Beautiful Idiot” takes you on a ride through the mindset and motivations of those who feel driven to pursue greatness, how it can feel to fall short and the consequences of reaching a lofty goal when the struggle to get there has defined you for so long. Featuring professional freerider/slopestyle champion Brett Rheeder.

Run Time: 14 minutes

For more information about the movie night or the festival, visit sedonamtbfestival.com.