Experienced bike tourist Steve Langston and a film crew embark on a one-month journey from Whitehorse, Yukon to Yellowknife Northwest Territories. Along the way they encounter bike problems, wildlife, extreme weather conditions and giant flies that take huge bleeding chunks from their flesh. With hundreds of kilometers between services, food and water become scarce and road conditions deteriorate. They are left with no other choice but to put their heads down and grind it out inch by inch to Yellowknife.
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Producer: Steve Langston
Director/Editor: Chris & Ryan Mitchell
The concept for Riding North has been in the works for quite some time. A few years back an old friend of ours named Steve Langston, hopped on his bike and never looked back. Since then he has cycled thousands of kilometers in many countries, written two successful guidebooks (Canada by Bicycle, Manitoba by Bicycle) and most recently started producing bike touring videos. Langston kept in touch with us while he was on the road and we spoke about coming along to document his travels. It seemed every time Steve was planning a trip, we had prior engagements and could never join him. The concept never materialized. In the fall of 2009 we received a call from Langston and he told us about the latest installment to his cycling monopoly. He would bike from Whitehorse, Yukon to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories in June, 2010 and experience the summer solstice in Northern Canada. We immediately jumped on board and began developing our concept .
The biggest challenge we would face shooting this film, would be pulling our gear in a trailer behind our bike. It may not sound that bad but in addition to our clothing, our tent and other camping gear, we had to carry camera and sound equipment and computer gear. Read the rest of this page »