Paul Andrews

“Women of Dirt” showings shaping up

In Mountain Biking, Videos on January 17, 2010 at 3:31 am

The show schedule for “Women of Dirt,” the much-anticipated feature movie on downhill/freeride grrllzz, is starting to round out. The worldwide premiere will be Feb. 5th in Seattle, and Cyclelicio.us broke news that the film’s California premiere will be in Santa Cruz Feb. 28 at the Rio Theater on Soquel (Yokota promises more details, including the time, soon). Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz, a great advocacy and ride club, will host. Mark Brent, the film’s producer, promises other showings “around the world,” including Vancouver B.C., Florida, Bend and Edmonton. OK that’s North America. But we can see World Cup showings all over, especially in UK, Australia, France, Italy and elsewhere. Japan seems another likely market.

The trailer is tantalizing indeed, with clips from the Aptos Post Office jump park, Whistler mountain bike park, Tahoe, Vancouver Island’s Mount Washington and elsewhere. It’s cool to see pony-tailed riders in full armor skying launches and doubles. Will we be seeing a She Slopestyle event at Crankworx sometime soon? The way these women are amping the skillz, we wouldn’t be surprised.

The fem freerider is definitely here to stay. We noticed it most dramatically at Galbraith Mountain last summer. Any day of the week you could find fully geared women ripping the trails. Where were they all coming from? The presence of Western Washington U undoubtedly is a contributor, but the mtb culture is so generically ingrained in Bellingham that my sense is no single factor is at work. Women have been a mainstay on the GalbraithMt.com Web site for years. All it takes is a few to spread mtb love and you’ve got a revolution on your hands.

Here’s the showtimes for “Women of Dirt” as it stands now.

Related: MTBChick’s Mountain Biking Tips for Girls

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