We see a lot of great mountain bike videos on the web these days, but there are rare occasions when something really special comes along.
This is one of those occasions.
Filmed on location in the Northwest Highlands, the edit features none other than the world’s most successful downhill mountain bike racer and plain old legend Steve Peat riding solo in the mountains between Torridon and Loch Carron. And what a ride he has. Rarely can films capture the feeling of freedom you get from riding in such dramatic terrain: the “Big Country” feeling is often lost, but this evokes it perfectly. Now we’re obviously biased, but we can’t think of anywhere better to get away from it all and just ride.
But biker or not, we defy you to watch this and not be moved. So get a cuppa, press play and grab your bucket list, because after watching this Torridon is going to be right at the top of it.
We told you it was special
The story behind the scenes
The video was produced by US brand Santa Cruz bikes, who usually shoot their videos in their native California. But in this case they decided to try something different. Marketing man Will Ockleton was the brains behind the video. So why did they choose to shoot it in Scotland over anywhere else in the world?
“Scotland has an incredible mountain biking community that’s been pumping out epic images and stories of bike adventures over the past few years. Being California-based, Santa Cruz isn’t short of good biking trails, but with Scotland it literally is a case of the grass being greener! The owner of the company, Rob Roskopp, loves the place and is on his eighth consecutive riding trip there. This year, we sneaked into his luggage, alongside a raft of journalists from the US, Canada, Chile, Spain, Italy and the UK, to launch our three latest bikes and present the Go Solo video. From the riding to the events like TweedLove and Fort William World Cup, Scotland has a mountain biking scene that’s World class and we’re proud to be a part of it.”
Check out some images from the shoot in the gallery below, then start planning your own Scottish mountain bike adventure.