Red Bull Media House unveils the teaser for its latest feature, Blood Road, coming out in 2017. The bold documentary captures ultra-endurance mountain biker Rebecca Rusch’s inspiring voyage in search of the crash site where her father’s plane went down during the Vietnam War. Blood Road won the Sun Valley Film Festival’s coveted Audience Award, following the film’s world premiere that opened the festival.
Rusch’s father died in 1972 when his U.S. Air Force fighter plane was shot down over Laos. Audiences are taken on a powerful journey as Rusch teams up with Vietnamese competitive cycling champion Huyen Nguyen to cycle 1,200 miles of the notorious Ho Chi Minh trail in search of his crash site more than 40 years after his death. The two women navigate the dense jungles of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, discovering a shared humanity that can help heal the wounds left by this historic conflict.
I’ve spent most of my life racing around the world only to find it was all leading to the most important journey of my life. To be able to share the story with the help of Red Bull Media House is a powerful gift to the memory of my father. I’m so proud to be the messenger for this important tale of healing and discovery.—Rebecca Rusch
Directed by Nicholas Schrunk and produced by Sandra Kuhn, Blood Road is more than a history lesson, it’s a daughter’s love letter to her lost father, and a remarkable undertaking fueled by the power of a newly formed friendship.Although Red Bull Media House has been producing films for several years, Blood Road is Red Bull Media House North America’s first feature film to be written, produced, directed and edited entirely in-house. The small production crew rode enduro motorcycles with gear strapped to their backs to capture this story despite the many challenges presented by unpredictable jungle terrain.
“Blood Road is a testament to Red Bull Media House’s commitment to independent cinema, storytelling and the power of human perseverance around the world,” said Scott Bradfield, Senior Vice President of Production and Development for Red Bull Media House North America. “We are very proud of this film, which shares such a unique and inspiring story.”
Blood Road will release worldwide in 2017. For more information about Blood Road and where and when it will debut, contact Red Bull Media
Professional racers Remi Gauvin and Miranda Miller came out to cheer on the high schoolers at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
“School cycling sees itself as the nest of cycling. We provide the opportunity for the kids to learn to compete.That’s why the events are challenging, but not so challenging that a kid will go, oh I can’t do this,” said Kevin Searle, Chairman of Cycling New Zealand Schools.
Cate Mastny-Jen, of Tauhara College, approaches the feed zone at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
According to Searle, mountain biking is only just taking off in the 50-year old program school cycling program, and cycling, as a whole, is growing by leaps and bounds for teen athletes.
With the youngest competitors just eleven years old, the Cross-Country turned the Whakarewarewa Forest into a circuit of cheering fans for the bulk of Tuesday. The event was expected to be the largest high school event in the country, in terms of competitive space, and this week, the first stand-alone high school mountain biking championships in New Zealand. Results for the day’s events were posted by late afternoon. (VIEW HERE)
Emma Lord (133) at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
Ruby Ryan, of Rotorua Lakes High School, chases down Tauhara College’s Sammie Maxwell, with Poppy Buissink, of Epsom Girls Grammar School, pulling in behind. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
Annalise Gillespie heads for the feed zone at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
Millie Day attacks the singletrack at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
Ruby Ryan on the attack at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
The boys of Macleans College Cycling team at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
Bikes all over at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
Shelley Pfister (116) and Sarah Harvison (125) head down the start straight at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
The U17 Girls head up the road at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
Ella Wyllie heads for the feed zone at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
Harriet Neradt chases the leaders at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
Jessica Guiney leads out Emily Hannah at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
Emily Hannah chases down Jessica Guiney at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
Jamie Kara at the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
Sacha Earnest, U13 girls, rides in the Professionals Rotorua National Schools MTB Championships Presented by Altherm Window Systems. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx.
The full 2017 squad (left to right): Eliot Jackson, Jacob Dickson, Marcelo Gutierrez, Rae Morrison, Mckay Vezina, Mike Day, Josh Carlson, Carl Decker, Stephan Davoust and Tofor Lewis. – Cameron Baird photo.
The 2017 Giant Factory Off-Road Team gathered in Southern California earlier this month for a pre-season training camp before the start of the upcoming race season. The new-look squad includes a global lineup of returning stars and new faces from around the world.
With varying ambitions, ranging from UCI World Cup Downhill races, to Enduro World Series events and major XC races in North America, team riders spent time in California getting to know each other and dialing in their new bikes and gear before kicking off the race season March 25 at the Crankworx Rotorua event in New Zealand.
This year’s roster includes ten riders representing six different nations. One of the most notable changes includes the addition of Rae Morrison, an enduro racer in the elite women’s category who will represent Giant’s sister brand Liv. The team is also expanding its XC presence at the developmental level with young American riders Stephan Davoust and Tofor Lewis joining.
Other new faces this year include Jacob Dickson, a four-time junior national DH champion from Ireland; Eliot Jackson, a former motocross racer from the U.S. who scored top-ten results at two Crankworx DH events last year; and Mike Day, a former BMX star and Olympic medalist who has transitioned into mountain biking. Day will represent the team at select enduro events this year.
Returning riders include six-time Colombian DH national champion Marcelo Gutierrez; enduro specialists Josh Carlson of Australia and Canadian Mckay Vezina; plus veteran U.S. XC racer Carl Decker.
Here’s a look at the 2017 roster, along with a video and photos of the riders with their new bikes, gear, and apparel from official team sponsors.
2017 Giant Factory Off-Road Team:
• Josh Carlson (Australia), Enduro
• Mike Day (USA), Enduro
• Stephan Davoust (USA), XC
• Tofor Lewis (USA), XC
• Karl Decker (USA), XC, Enduro, Cyclocross
• Jacob Dickson (Ireland), DH
• Marcelo Gutierrez (Colombia), DH
• Eliot Jackson (USA), DH
• Mckay Vezina (Canada), DH
• Rae Morrison (New Zealand), Liv Women’s Enduro
This year Rae Morrison, New Zealand’s top-ranked women’s enduro racer, joins the team to represent Liv, Giant’s sister brand for women. Morrison, who scored two top-5 finishes in the 2015 Enduro World Series, will race on the Liv Hail Advanced, the first women’s specific 160mm travel trail bike. – Cameron Baird photo.
Mckay Vezina makes the step up this year from the Giant Co-Factory Team. This past season, the young Canadian emerged as a strong contender in the Enduro World Series during his rookie year. He’s picture here riding his Reign
Advanced team bike and wearing the Giant Rail helmet. – Cameron Baird photo.
Marcelo Gutierrez is a six-time DH national champion in his home nation of Colombia. For 2017 he will again focus on major downhill races around the world including the UCI World Cup series. – Cameron Baird photo.
Josh Carlson will captain the team’s enduro squad in 2017. The Australian had a strong 2016 season that included a podium at the Whistler, B.C. round of the Enduro World Series. Josh is pictured here training on his Reign Advanced team bike with SRAM drivetrain components, RockShox suspension and fork, and Schwalbe tires. – Cameron Baird photo.
New to the team this year, young DH rider Jacob Dickson is a four-time junior national champion from Ireland. Dickson is pictured here riding his Glory Advanced team bike and wearing a helmet and kit (jersey, pants, goggles, gloves) from team sponsor 100%. – Cameron Baird photo.
American Eliot Jackson is a newcomer to the team this year. The 27-year-old former motocross racer, who scored several top pro DH results last year, is pictured here riding his local trails in Southern California on his Giant Glory Advanced team bike. – Cameron Baird photo.
Three riders are representing the Giant Factory Off-Road Team’s XC unit this year. With an aim to develop young riders, veteran Carl Decker (middle) is joined by promising talents Tofor Lewis (right) and Stephen Davoust (left), both from the U.S. The XC riders are wearing kits from team sponsor Jakroo, along with Giant helmets and Giant Charge XC shoes. – Cameron Baird photo.
Giant Bikes: Team riders have a full fleet of Giant off-road bikes to choose from this year. Cross-country riders have the XtC Advanced 29er hardtail for fast, smooth courses or the Anthem Advanced with Maestro rear suspension for more technical terrain. Enduro riders typically choose the Reign Advanced with 160mm of suspension front and rear, or, for certain courses, the Trance Advanced trail bike featuring a composite frame and 140mm of Maestro rear suspension travel. For the World Cup downhill crew, it’s the legendary Glory Advanced, a proven DH machine that has won World Championships and World Cups all around the globe.
Gear Sponsors: 100% DH and enduro kits, full-face helmets and goggles/sunglasses; Giant helmets for XC and enduro (Rev, Pursuit, and Rail models); Giant footwear, including the Charge for XC racing; Jakroo XC racing kits; GoPro cameras; Re-fuel power chargers; Jaybird headphones; Honey Stinger nutrition; Thule travel gear.
Rae Morrison will be aboard the Liv Hail Advanced for enduro racing, and will also be equipped with Liv gear including footwear, saddles and helmets. You can follow the Giant Factory Off-Road Team all season long at facebook.com/giantfactoryteam and Instagram.com/giantfactoryoffroadteam.
About Giant:Giant is the world’s leading brand of high quality bicycles and cycling gear. Since 1972, Giant has combined craftsmanship, technology and innovative design to create the ultimate cycling experience for all riders, casual to competitive. Through its products, people and retail partners, Giant inspires passion for cycling all around the world. For more information, go to giant-bicycles.com.
About Liv:Liv is the first cycling brand completely dedicated to women. We offer the only comprehensive product collection designed specifically for female cyclists, ranging from beautiful apparel to premium bicycles. No matter the rider’s level or style, Liv provides the best products to help women discover new possibilities through cycling. For more information, go to www.liv-cycling.com
It’s a big year for the team, new riders, new bikes, new pit set-up, and a few new sponsors.
First, we are excited about our partnership with SRAM/Rockshox for the next few season. Currently we are testing with them in New Zealand, and could not be happier! Sam (Blenki) was with SRAM/Rockshox brand in the past, so he was enthusiastic to renew the relationship. The team’s entire drivetrain is SRAM components, and suspension is Rockshox (including Reverb seatposts on enduro bikes).
Next is Kenny Racing. When it came to apparel, we needed a brand who could deliver the performance and appearance. As a team that competes in the World Cup series, Crankworx series, and selected EWS events, an apparel brand needed to check all the right boxes. Kenny did exactly that. We love the way perform and think it looks pretty darn good!
Also new to the team is Deity components. With a few options available, the team ended up choosing Deity as the product was well liked and performed at our high standards when tested. As race team performance could not be compromised. Deity will cover our cockpits (handlebars, stems, grips, saddles, and DH seatposts).
Last new sponsor to the team is E-Thirteen. This was a simple choice, as we needed a brand who could meet the chain guide needs of our bikes, from downhill to enduro. E-Thirteen was the clear choice and it’s been nothing but aces from testing here in New Zealand.
Continuing with the team will be:
Bounce Protein Energy Balls
Nanuk – Hard Cases
Otherwise, we know we need to address the elephant in the room. Yes, we are on a new DH bike this year and currently looking forward to putting it to work by racing it at the highest levels of downhill competition. The bike is part of the Norco Race Development program and we are stoked to be testing and racing it. As a World Cup team part of our ‘job’ is to push development. Norco engineers have been really receptive to our feedback and much is being learned. Although we cannot reveal the bike in full detail, be prepared to see it slaying all through 2017!
We are proud to announce three new partnerships for the 2017 season. GT Bicycles has come aboard as the official supplier of frames for all bikes including rental, retail and programs. Spank Industries is now the official bar, stem, and pedal supplier. And just recently, E*thirteen is on as the Official Chainguide Supplier.
Quit dreaming, the mean looking GT Fury will be the weapon of choice for your sleepless summer. Close to 400 of these in the fleet.
“The opportunity to join forces with GT, a brand that has such deep roots in the mountain bike community, is an honour and we are thrilled to see where the relationship takes us in the future”, said Rob McSkimming, VP of Business Development at Whistler Blackcomb. “GT’s reputation as a race and freeride-driven organization will bring new energy to the Bike Park allowing our guests to hit the trails on the best bikes possible. We are stoked to roll out this season’s line up which consists of the Fury as the DH sled and the Sanction as the All-Mountain/Enduro option”.
The support I’ve received from GT as a Pro rider over the last 8 years has been nothing short of amazing, and I know their involvement with the Whistler Mountain Bike Park will exceed the expectations set by any other brand in the past. Whistler is arguably the greatest place on earth for gravity mountain bikers to get their fix, and what better way to enjoy the trails they have to offer than on a GT. – Tyler McCaul
Crabapple Hits has been the long time home of the Crankworx Official Whip-Off World Championships presented by Spank, and Spank Industries this year deepens its commitment to Whistler by providing the parts to keep the bikes under control. The entire GT fleet is equipped with Spank’s innovative Vibrocore bars, Spank stems, special edition seat posts, and Spike and Oozy platform pedals will provide the reliability you need to bag lap after lap on your favourite trails.
The big rig has been proven on the World Cup circuit; we are excited to let it loose in the Bike Park.
Spank’s innovative Vibrocore bars dampen the harmful vibrational frequencies that cause hand / arm fatigue over hours of repetitive riding. A perfect solution to optimize hours of comfortable riding in the Bike Park.
Sink your shoes into these and you will feel like you’re clipped in
For those looking for a more nimble machine, the GT Sanction is capable of handling all of the dreamy tech and flow you get get your hands on.
Can you hear Top of the World calling your name?
Thanks to the guys at Fluid Function the bikes are running well and looking mint.
Dreaming season if just about over, it’s almost time to throw a leg over these beauties and go wild.
Returning to the program for the 2017 season are our friends at SRAM, Maxxis, ODI, DT Swiss, IXS, GMC, Clif, Pinkbike, Monster, Oakley, GoPro, Dakine and Kokanee – thanks for making it all happen.
To celebrate the new partnership, GT will be giving away a trip for two to opening weekend of the Bike Park where GT will also be on site. Be sure to stay tuned to @gtbicycles and stop by their booth at Sea Otter to see the custom built bikes!
While winter is still very much underway on the West Coast of Canada, our dreams are no less filled with the sound of tires ripping through dirt and air whizzing through our helmets. Start prepping, tuning and polishing; the Bike Park opens May 19.
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