How Mountain Biking Saved a Dying Town

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This beautifully shot film chronicles the revival of Downieville, California, ‘from dying mining town to mountain-bike mecca.’

On its final legs, the compact town of Downieville was brought back to life by a group of rowdy mountain bikers. These devoted trail-builders have been determined to preserve their town from dying. So they got busy developing anything that would final for generations to come.

Complete of mountain history, lovable characters, and breathtaking scenery, this new film from Patagonia will have you dreaming of a MTB road trip. “Dirt Magic” chronicles how this group of dirt miners is altering the landscape, all whilst building a model for struggling communities across the nation.

And to feel it all began with a van, a chainsaw, and a handful of maxed out credit cards.

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Mallory Paige
By Mallory Paige

Gear Editor Mallory Paige credits a childhood exploring the Rocky Mountains for her adore of the outdoors. She lately spent a memorable year motorcycle camping across North America (with her dog!) and is now enjoying introducing her child girl to all manner of adventure.

Subjects: Biking, MTB

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