Four women from Cairns, Australia, take a visitor on a journey to and through their favourite mountain bike trails in Tropical North Queensland: Smithfield Mountain Bike Park, home of the 2017 mountain bike world championships, Atherton, where they go for a day trip or a weekend away, Davies Creek, where there’s sunshine almost every day of the year, and a short, jungly pedal to the spectacular Windin Falls.
Beyond biking, these riders share their enjoyment of the food, leisure and lifestyle opportunities nearby. A quick swim at the top of a waterfall, a palm tree trunk climb challenge, a search for sea turtles and some time out to offer their thoughts on why they’re proud to call the region home.
“You know when people travel and everyone tells them the tourist things to do? When mountain bikers travel, they want to know what the locals do. So we decided to make a film about that.” – Tokyo Swim Team
In the tropical far north rainforests of Australia lies some of the countries best mountain bike trails. An Odyssey Through Paradise takes you on a journey through just one of these surreal tracks with riders Evan Winton and Samuel Fraser.
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After competing in the 25th anniversary of Australia’s biggest and longest running point-to-point MTB race, the RRR Challenge; Courtney Atkinson spent the next few days with local Evan Winton soaking in the incredible diversity of trails and terrain that make Far North Queensland the adventure capital of Australia, and the holy grail for the true, MTB experience.
“Shuttle Rewind” is a retrospective look at downhill MTB Culture in Tropical North Queensland, in particular the Kuranda Downhill Track. Generations of riders have cut their teeth on the track, including Michael Hannah who set the long standing record for the most runs in one day (70) and went on to becoming a world class downhill competitor.
The story follows Ryhlee Herd, an indigenous teen who has grown up in Kuranda and from the age of 12 started riding the Kuranda Downhill track.
Rhylee makes a special pilgrimage along the paths of his ancestors through traditional Djuabugandji land where he meets Ben Bramham, who was an instrumental figure in shaping downhill mountain biking in Cairns and the world when they re-opened the Kuranda Track in the late 80’s and started racing on the track in 1991. One of the first true downhill races in the world likened to any style of racing today. Shuttle Rewind pays homage to the traditional owners of the land as well the pioneers of mountain biking and the many waves of riders who have ridden the track for the last 2 Decades.
The boom box painting and reference through the film pays respects to the crew who created the legendary Mudcows series, planting the Cairns downhill mountain culture into the psyche of riders around the world.