The Rider & The Wolf

GT_RW PosterThe Rider and The Wolf

The Rider and The Wolf is the story of Mike Rust, the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame cyclist who disappeared without a trace in 2009 in Colorado. Shot in Red Epic-X 4K with the assistance of Telluride Mountainfilm and Oskar Blues Brewery, this film tells the tale of another side of the great American West. Anticipated release date May 2015.

Director of Photography – Nathan Ward ♦ Editors – Claude DeMoss and Emmy Award Winner Lyman Smith ♦ Executive Producer – Carlin Walsh


Mike Rust pedaling one of his early handmade mountain bikes over Pearl Pass, Crested Butte Colorado. Circa 1981. Photo – Frank Staub

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Who Killed Mike the Bike? From an article that appeared in Mountain Flyer magazine.

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The Rolling Rust Brothers &  Don McClung built highwheel bikes at Colorado Cyclery. Salida, Colorado. Circa 1986. “They weren’t for lookin’, they were for ridin’ and damn Mike could ride one.”


Mike Rust and Don McClung turned Salida into the mountain bike town it is today. Scott Link flying old school. Salida, Colorado. Circa 2013.


Reward and missing sign in front of Mike Rust’s house in Saguache, Colorado. Mike went missing without a trace near here in 2009. a $25,000 reward remains.


The San Luis Valley is a beautiful land, a wild land. A land of dark night roads and secrets. The Great Sand Dunes in front of the Crestone peaks. Colorado.


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