A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my viewing of the Levi Effect. The link to that movie was part of the SWAG from the 100 Miles of Nowhere. Well there was a second movie in the SWAG Bag and I want to talk about that one today. The second movie was Single Track High. Here is the trailer. Watch it. OK, back? Great! (You didn’t cheat and not watch the trailer did you? Come on its only a minute long.)
Single Track High is a documentary about the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) and the NorCal MTB League. It looks at a group of kids from different school, different backgrounds, different cultures who race mtb bikes. The movie starts at the beginning of their season and follows them through training and a series of races. It profiles each of the kids so that we learn how they got involved in cycling and why it is important to them. They don’t all get to stand on the podium, but for most of them that’s not the goal.
Here is what I liked about this movie:
1. The kids. Hands down the best part of this movie is the kids. They talk about how and why cycling is or has become important for them personally. They talk about how it has changed them and made them into better people. Each of the kids are different and face different challenges but the bike is a tool for them to discover themselves.
2. The adults. From police officers to parents to former pro mountain bikers these people give their time to affect in a positive way the lives of these kids.
3. The bikes. It really is all about the bike for these kids. They race for the right reasons. More than that, bikes are a way that these kids fit in and find their place. There are no limits to the sizes of the teams and so anyone who wants to participate can.
When I talked about the Levi Effect I talked about how it was hard to watch knowing how the story was going to turn out. Here we don’t know how the story will end, but this movie makes me hopeful.
If you get a chance to watch this movie do so, its well worth the time.