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Go Back to the Birth of Freestyle Mountain Biking with ‘The Moment’

It's hard to imagine in today's era of freestyle mountain biking and seemingly limitless progression, but at one point, the concept of freestyle mountain biking was highly controversial. And the new film The Moment–out todayprofiles those early rebels who openly defied the mountain biking culture at the time and helped birth a new sport.

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With mountain biking by and large headed in the direction of racing, groups of renegade daredevils in the backwoods of British Columbia were experimenting with a groundbreaking concept: Actually riding the natural features of a mountain, downhill, with some amount of style. 

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Those early B.C. crews were anchored by freestyle legends like Wade Simmons, Richie Schley and Brett Tippe, pioneers of the movement who used their bodies as currency in advancing the sport. 

On bikes hardly recognizable by the high-tech standards of modern times, the early freestyle riders endured wild crashes, countless physical traumas and were at times ostracized for their devotion to the burgeoning sport.

On bikes that look like carrier bikes compared to the technological marvels of today, freestyle mountain biking was born from the devotion of its first wave. The Moment photo.

It wasn't always pretty–the tolls of advancing the sport ultimately claimed the life of Dave Swetland–but the early pioneers ultimately are responsible for the level of riding we enjoy today. Buy The Moment today to learn more about the early days of freestyle.

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Video: Gee Atherton’s Insane Redbull Hardline Winning Run
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Video: Gee Atherton’s Insane Redbull Hardline Winning Run

Video: Gee Atherton’s Insane Redbull Hardline Winning Run

As one of the more obscure races out there, RedBull Hardline certainly turns some heads. With absolutely enormous jumps and gaps, as well as rock gardens that seem to be cut straight out of hell, the track is among the gnarliest in the world. After a bit of a bummer of a season, Gee Atherton showed up strong and blew away the field on race day in his backyard. Halfway down his race run, and right before the biggest road gap on the track, Atherton clipped a rock at speed, losing both pedals,

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Adolf Silva’s Cali Roll from Audi Nines is Insane
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Adolf Silva’s Cali Roll from Audi Nines is Insane

Adolf Silva’s Cali Roll from Audi Nines is Insane

It's no wonder that Adolf Silva walked away with the best trick from this year's Audi Nines MTB competition, his Cali Roll blew everyone away.  RELATED: Is Audi Nines Europe's Answer to RedBull Rampage? Silva was relentless in his pursuit to land the trick on a big bike and he took more than his fair share of diggers. After attempting the trick for about the 300th time, Silva gave one last go and landed it. To say he was stoked was an understatement. 

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MTB Racing Meets Freeride: Check out Red Bull Hardline
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MTB Racing Meets Freeride: Check out Red Bull Hardline

MTB Racing Meets Freeride: Check out Red Bull Hardline

What happens when the world’s fastest racers decide that World Cup tracks aren’t gnarly enough? They flock to the Atherton’s backyard in Wales to ride the custom-built Red Bull Hardline track. It’s a combination of racing and freeriding, and man, is it gnarly. Think insane rock gardens littered with huge drops and jumps. Oh, and some of the loudest heckling around! Bernard Kerr takes us down the track during a practice run, floating the kickers and trying his hardest to stay off the brakes on