The Rider & The Wolf

The Rider & The Wolf

The Rider and the Wolf is a feature documentary about the life and mysterious disappearance of Mountain Bike Hall of Fame cyclist Mike Rust. He helped form the sport of mountain biking in the USA with the stoke and technical innovations he put into action in the mountain towns of Crested Butte and Salida. He went missing without a trace in 2009 in remote part of Colorado. The mystery remains. Shot in Red Epic-X 4K , this film tells the tale of another side of the great American West.

Created with the support of Telluride Mountainfilm and Oskar Blues Brewery.

Director/Cinematography – Nathan Ward ♦ Editors – Emmy Award Winner Lyman Smith and Claude DeMoss ♦ Executive Producer – Carlin Walsh ♦ Running time 65 minutes.

Buy Tickets for Upcoming Showings

When Location Venue Tickets
Thursday, October 15 Colorado Springs, CO Colorado College – Armstrong Hall Buy Tickets
Friday, October 16 Edwards, CO Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association – CMC Edwards Buy Tickets
Saturday, October 17 Greeley, CO Turn Around Bikes Fundraiser Buy Tickets
TBD – October/November Salida, CO TBD Stay Tuned
Thursday, November 5 Cambridge, ON CA Grand River Film Festival
Friday, November 6 Canon City, CO Lower Arkansas Mountain Bike Association Fundraiser Buy Tickets
Tuesday, November 17 Saratoga, NY Industrious HiJinx – Saratoga County Arts Council Buy Tickets
December – TBA Denver, CO The Denver Film Festival Stay Tuned

Watch the trailer for The Rider & The Wolf here!

The Rider & The Wolf is also showing with the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, Denver Film Festival, Crested Butte Film Festival, Transatlantyk Music & Film Festival (Poland), Kendal Mountain Fest (UK), Rueda Festival Internacional de Cinema Ciclista (Spain).


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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