North of Nightfall isn’t just a sports documentary — though it may be one of the best in the genre. It’s also an urgent wake-up call to protect the landscapes that make mountain biking possible at all. The terrain had never been walked, let alone ridden by mountain bike. The population of Canada’s Axel Heiberg island, located just shy of the north pole, is zero. It’s not far from where Captain Sir John Franklin led a doomed expedition from England in 1845 aboard two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror — a locale fans of the Dan Simmons novel and the AMC show of the same name know well. Axel Heiberg is home to almost 2,000 glaciers and, as it turns out, some of the most irresistible big mountain lines in the world. How’s 2,700 feet sound? Sounds like three-to-four times the size of normal mountain biking lines. That’s how this remote island became the setting for Freeride Entertainment and Red Bull Media House’s new sports documentary North of Nightfall, a one-hour-and-change film chronicling the efforts of four professional riders — Darren “The Claw” Berrecloth, Cam Zink, Carson Storch and Tom van Steenbergen — as they set out to see just… Read full this story
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