The Freedom Riders Story

Gravnetic and KGB Productions and its partners for the film Freedom Riders, does not promote illegal trail building, rather we encourage riders to work with local land managers to create and promote sustainable trails.

Freedom Riders a core group of riders who evolved from covertly building rough and unsustainable trails, to creating a precedent setting relationship with the Forest Service and creating some of the best Freeride trails in the country.

Welcome to Freedom Riders a look at the evolution of the sport and the progression of trail building in this country. From its days as an activity reserved for the few who rebelled against the spandex clad status-quo, to the multimillion dollar, mainstream sport that it is today, see the true inside story on a group of riders that would never see their passion die.

They are the Freedom Riders...

On the morning of July 12, 2008 a large group of dedicated Mountain bikers gathered at the base of Teton Pass. Everyone was dressed to work and the atmosphere was festive. There were tents set up with food from local restaurants, soda, tools and fulfillment in the air. Representatives from the US Forest Service walked around and mingled with the riders. The mission for the day was to add a new massive dirt jump to Lithium-one of the handful of trails in the National Forest dedicated and with a purpose: sustaining the tail systems for downhill mountain biking.

Jump back eight years, a small group of passionate riders meets at the top of Highway 22 the infamous Teton Pass under the cloak of darkness. They stand at the top of a trail, etched roughly into the side of a forty-degree slope. The trail is informally called Ritalin and is the epicenter of an ongoing battle between "the Fed's" and a rebel group of locals who are dedicated to experiencing the sport of freeriding. These trails are illegal and only the secret squirrel knows of their existence let alone how to navigate through the terrain. Conflicts between armor clad, gladiator "down-hillers," and other multi users including: cross-country mountain bikers, hikers and horseperson are commonplace.

The Freedom Riders craft their trails, when anyone who would otherwise object is unaware, at speeds that would make the average trails person shudder.

Freedom Riders Film World Premiere At

Sea Otter With IMBA

- New High-Definition Mountain Bike Film From KGB Productions And Gravnetic Captures Evolution Of Freeriding And The Struggle To Create Trails -

Media Contact/Questions: Keith Cozzens, [email protected] or 307.690.7411.

JACKSON HOLE, WY. (March 31, 2009) - Freedom. We all want it. We all deserve it - especially when it comes to riding our bikes.

Freedom Riders, the latest high-definition mountain biking film from Jackson, WY-based KGB Productions and Gravnetic, will hold its world premiere on Saturday April 18, 2009 at the Sea Otter Classic at the Embassy Suites in Seaside, CA. from 7-9pm. The premiere will be screened at the IMBA California Benefit Party with proceeds to benefit the biking advocacy organization. Tickets cost $10 at the door and there will be a huge raffle featuring loads of killer prizes. IMBA, who's mission is to create, enhance and protect great trail experiences for mountain bikers worldwide, is a partner for the Freedom Riders premiere, as well as the 50 venue nationwide tour that will commence after Sea Otter.

"We're super excited to have IMBA as a partner for the Freedom Riders project and given all the hard work and advocacy they put into furthering the sport of biking it's truly a natural fit," says KGB co-founder Sam Pope. "The film shows how important trails are to the mountain biking community and how a dedicated group of riders followed their passion to create history."

CysD8hjjaac[/MEDIA]]Freedom Riders is the Dogtown and Z Boys of mountain biking. The film artistically captures the evolution of freeriding from stealth trail building to forging a working relationship with the U.S. Forest Service to establish the first-ever downhill specific trail in Forest Service history in the Teton Pass area of Wyoming. The film showcases the freeriding subculture in North America from where it was to where it is now by highlighting how the sport has obtained its legitimacy in the public eye.

Freedom Riders provides a compelling story of a group of individuals who never let their passion die while looking at the rich culture and history behind the sport. From old-school footage of Tom Richey and Gary Fisher to the time, hours and sweat it takes to build a trail to hucking and ripping down singletrack, Freedom Riders isn't your typical bike porn film, it tells a story - an important one for any bike lover. The film with also feature an original soundtrack by Grammy Award nominee Luke Reynolds of Astral Kids.


For more information about the film, premiere and nationwide tour check and

About KGB Production and Gravnetic: Based in the outdoor mecca of Jackson Hole, WY, KGB Productions has been producing action sports films - and drinking beer - for more than a decade. From ski films to bike films to documentaries, KGB's films aim to artistically tell a story while entertaining with top-notch, high quality footage. KGB also handles corporate contracts and has been known to film everything from trade shows to hip-hop videos. For more info, CLICK HERE.

Gravnetic is a freelance cooperative of creative's producing promotional's, HD programming, web and motion interactive Web sites and applications. We can be found in the Idaho backcountry filming HD Fly Fishing and Biking. The narrative of Freedom Riders was a natural fit for the talents of the cooperative. For more info, CLICK HERE.

About IMBA: IMBA is a non-profit membership association that creates, enhances and preserves trail opportunities for mountain bikers worldwide. Since 1988, IMBA has been bringing out the best in mountain biking by encouraging low-impact riding, community participation, cooperation among different trail user groups and innovative, sustainable trail development programs. IMBA's work has touched more than 10,000 miles of trails over 20 years. IMBA's worldwide network includes 80,000+ individuals, 750 bicycle clubs, more than 150 corporate partners and 600 retail members. IMBA's members live in all 50 U.S. states, most Canadian provinces and in 30 other countries. Principal projects include the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew, the National Mountain Bike Patrol, IMBA Trailbuilding Schools, National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, Epics, Trail Solutions and a variety of educational and trailbuilding efforts that comprise international, national, regional, state and local efforts. Registration with IMBA is free, or you can join IMBA as a member.

For more information contact Keith Cozzens, [email protected] or 307.690.7411.

source: keith cozzens