Evolution (FILM): Why E-bikes Changed the Game

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Andy McKenna of GoWhere Scotland and Stoked* On MS presents Evolution, a film produced with Shimano to share the pure joy of mountain biking. A follow-up to This Way Up (2017).

As a teenager Andy McKenna was swept along by the first wave of mountain biking in the 80s. It took over his life, relationships and career – until a life-changing diagnosis in 2007 truly opened his eyes to the healing power of the bicycle and flicked a switch on an evolution Andy could never have predicted in his lifetime.

Going higher, further, always escaping – like for many of us, bikes mean freedom to Andy. A Multiple Sclerosis (MS) diagnosis threatened to change all that. MS is a mountain biker’s worst nightmare: a progressive, incurable neuro-degenerative disease threatening to rob Andy of his sight, balance, grip and mobility. Never one to take life’s setbacks lying down, Andy figured out (and continues to figure out) ways to overcome the challenges that emerge. 

Despite the uncertainty of not knowing what tomorrow has in store, Andy’s passion for mountain biking remains strong. In fact – it’s not an exaggeration to say – Andy’s love of exploring and riding the world’s most technical terrain still drives him forward today. Andy recognises that he may never completely outrun the debilitating effects of MS, but as you’ll see in this short film – Evolution – they’ll have a pretty hard time overtaking him as he continues to evolve and adapt – riding, exploring and bikepacking his way through the remote, rugged terrain of his homeland, Scotland.

Finding new ways to ride, seeking support from friends and family when he needs it, and embracing every available technological opportunity means Andy can still reach the heights in new ways. Andy’s still having so much fun reaching the mountain tops on his EP8 equipped Santa Cruz Heckler, he hopes everyone will be enticed to experience and share the pure joy of mountain biking.

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Amanda Wishart

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Amanda is our resident pedaller, who loves the climbs as much as the descents. No genre of biking is turned down, though she is happiest when at the top of a mountain with a wild descent ahead of her. If you ever want a chat about concussion recovery, dealing with a Womb of Doom or how best to fuel an endurance XC race, she's the one to email.

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  • oldfart
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    Best film ever , just a bit of dust in my eye ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    Super little film, good to get a different perspective on eMTBs. And what stunning terrain.

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    Looking forward to seeing Andy and his film at our pal Keith’s shop in Killearn on Saturday.

    Think there are a handful of tickets left if anyone’s interested.

    Phone the shop – Country Cycles Killearn on 01360 550372.
    Ticket price gets you pizza and beer too I think…

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    No aliens or David Duchovny Goldblum ? Sheesh !

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    ‘Kin brilliant.

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    Great film. which Glenn is that filmed in? looks amazing

    Full Member

    What a lovely video.
    Very uplifting.

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    Fantastic film , Good luck to Andy and Aneela . Keep turning the assisted or Analogue cranks as long as your out there that is all that matters.

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    A great uplifting video!

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    loved that.

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    That’s bloody brilliant, it really has made my day.

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    Great to see Andy is still out & about!

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    “a film produced with Shimano”

    I’m sure it’s a good film and an uplifting story but I avoid adverts.

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    It is an advert. No mention of the £8K to get a bike like that. “Why wouldn’t ya?” Well, I haven’t got £8K burning a hole in my pocket!
    That said, my mate, who got me into mtbing back in the 90s, has got MS at a similar stage and we had our first ride recently with him on an ebike. He loved it too.
    Tip for Andy – lower the dropper post when you stop 😉

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    Love that. 🙂

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    So I recognise the stuff at the back of Killearn heading into the Campsies and the bigger mountain stuff looks like it is around Carn Bhac. Lovely to see familiar faces and trails in a different context. I really enjoyed that!



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