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. Winner of Best Feature at Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival & Judge’s Special Prize at Kendal Mountain Fest in the UK.

Director/Cinematography – Nathan Ward ♦ Editors – Emmy Award Winner Lyman Smith and Claude DeMoss ♦ Executive Producer – Carlin Walsh ♦ Running time 62 minutes.

Contact us to set up a screening for your club, team, shop, theater.

Buy Tickets for Upcoming Showings –

Many More Shows Coming in 2016

When Location Venue Tickets
Thursday, May 19 Santa Fe, New Mexico (Outside Bike & Brew Festival weekend), fundraiser for GUTS/Conservation Trust Jean Cocteau Cinema Buy Tickets Here!
May 20-22 (Date TBA) Dirt Rag’s Dirt Fest – Raystown Lake, Pennsylvania Raystown Lake, Pennsylvania
Saturday, May 21 Whistler Film Festival – Adventure Film Series, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada Maury Young Arts Centre Whistler Film Festival
May 26 Park City Film Series, Park City Utah – To raise awareness for the Mountain Trails Foundation Legacy Lodge, Park City Resort Free!
May 28 & 29 Ironhorse Bike Weekend – Durango, Colorado – fundraiser for Trees Are The Answer – planting trees with kids at Needham Elementary School Animas City Theatre Maria’s Bookshop (can preorder by phone), Durango Cyclery, Mountain Bike Specialists, San Juan Cycles or Animas City Theatre (ACT night of show only)
Saturday, June 4 Lyons Film Festival and Outdoor Games – Lyons, Colorado Red Fox Outdoor Equipment Lyons Film Festival
Monday, June 6 Fort Collins, Colorado The Artery Cinema TBA
Saturday, June 11 Zot Movie Festival, Africa Ile de la Reunion, Africa
Wednesday, June 22 Colorado Mountain Bike Association Fundraiser, Denver Colorado Oriental Theater, Denver Buy Tickets Here!
June 23-26 (Date TBA) Crested Butte Bike Week – Crested Butte, Colorado Majestic Theater TBA
Thursday, June 30 Greeley, CO – the night before BIKE SHOW 6 and Bicycle Art Show 3 at Madison & Main Gallery Kress Cinema & Lounge Buy Tickets Here, Madison & Main Gallery or at the door the night of the show.
Saturday, July 30  Cyclovia Topeka – Topeka, Kansas. 6pm. Historic Jayhawk Theatre TBA

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) and others.


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.


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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