Back in early September, we spent one glorious, and exhausting, day filming a short film about mountain biking here in the Gunnison Valley with a crew from Visit Colorado. The result of that day of shooting is now live (after the jump). The women of the Gunnison Valley stepped up as High Altitude Models (H.A.M.s) and Vital Films and Altitude Filmworks did an amazing job of capturing the beauty of our trails and communities.
Like most videos you see, the work started well in advance of our epic day of shooting. I have to give a mighty thanks to everyone who worked on this project. It was a pleasure working with the Crested Butte Land Trust, stewards of the Lower Loop network in CB, and the local office of the Bureau of Land Management, who manage the trails out at Hartman Rocks in Gunnison. Several folks helped craft the story and Derek Hartman came all the way from Edwards to direct the shoot for us.
I also have to give a shout-out to the ladies in the film. When I met up with Mia and Pip at the parking lot on Peanut Lake Road in the dark, it was below freezing. In spite of the cold, we smiled and laughed through the early morning shoot in our shorts and tall socks. If you’re wondering, the reason the grass sparkles in the shots of the Lower Loop is because we had a hard frost the night before the shoot.
It was also the second time Pip and I met up before the sun to ride the Lower Loop. I roped her into joining me for the scouting mission two weeks earlier. I owe that girl a tab at one of our local coffee shops!
I recruited Team Gunnison with the help of Cathie Pagano. Cathie and her husband Dan own Double Shot Cyclery in Gunnison. They’re very active in the local bike community organizing clinics and group rides. I knew she’d be connected enough to find a great group of Gunni women. Cathie recruited Colie and Jennifer. I had met Jen a few times before, but it was my first time getting to meet Colie.
While I have done some exploring at Hartman Rocks, I don’t know it like the back of my hand like those Gunni ladies do. When Colie met us at the base area, she promptly nixed my shooting plan and declared we were heading to the Ridge Trail. She couldn’t have picked a better spot for our sunset shoot. I took the evening off from riding, but I am looking forward to getting a rebate on my promised tour of Hartman’s in the next month.