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.

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