The Line: Upcoming Film on Female Mountain Bikers

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We think relateable role models are an important part of opening up any sport or hobby to new audiences, implicitly telling other people who might otherwise feel excluded that they could have a future or feel welcome in a given field. Gender parity in mountain biking is, well, to put it mildly, not spectacular.

California film company Twelve One Productions are currently producing The Line, a documentary series on female athletes progressing in sports that tend toward the macho. The first episode will be MTB focussed, with a trailer coming soon, but for now here are three excerpts of the featured athletes McKenna Merten, Inga Beck, and Kat Sweet.


David started mountain biking in the 90’s, by which he means “Ineptly jumping a Saracen Kili Racer off anything available in a nearby industrial estate”. After growing up and living in some extremely flat places, David moved to Yorkshire specifically for the mountain biking. This felt like a horrible mistake at first, because the hills are so steep, but you get used to them pretty quickly. Previously, David trifled with road and BMX, but mountain bikes always won. He’s most at peace battering down a rough trail, quietly fixing everything that does to a bike, or trying to figure out if that one click of compression damping has made things marginally better or worse. The inept jumping continues to this day.

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