By Seb Kemp
You thought it was all over, but it isn’t.
The Escape was our madcap idea to have a closer look up the skirt of what is one of mountain biking’s most ogled destinations: British Columbia. It was about escaping winter. It was about seeking to understand what makes mountain biking really tick. It was about seeing the world from the seat of a bicycle and making new friends along the way.
We, the Union, decided to get off the couch and onto our bicycles. We broke the ice off our trusty Chromag Stylus hard tails, wrapped ourselves in Kitsbow clothes, loaded all our gear into BOB trailers and set out from snowy Whistler on the morning of February 6, 2013, to seek out some of the rumored snow-free trails around BC.
We documented the journey using all means of modern communication – Instagram, Twitter, web blogs, and even high tech video cameras. Today sees the release of the teaser to the video that will be released in early March.
Let’s get one thing straight, this film is not really about us or our journey. It’s about the people and places that your mountain bike can show you.
Mountain biking is brilliant in its scope and variety; there is no right or wrong way to enjoy it. However, mountain biking, to us, is about adventure and exploration, fun and games, and understanding a little bit more about the world, the people around us, and in the long run, about ourselves.
This video is about bringing you the pleasure of the road and the thrill of the trails. We want to reach out to the rider who is told they are getting old, but still feels young. We want to reach out to the person working in a cubicle and reunite them with that long-lost wanderlust. We want to show everyone that, yes, nothing is easy, but the rewards of seeking soothe all hardships.
More so, although the video’s backdrop is the back roads of British Columbia, we want to remind the world that adventure can be found on your own doorstep, you just need to get off the couch to seek it. Mountain biking takes us all somewhere new and personal, whether that’s at the end of a long road, a piece of remote singletrack, or the woods at the bottom of your own backyard.
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