From Dying Mining Town to Mountain-Bike Mecca

A beautiful story describing the transformation of one of the best mountain bike areas in the world, Downieville. Brought to you by Patagonia, Teton Gravity Research and Freehub Magazine.

Patagonia presents “Dirt Magic,” a Teton Gravity Research and Freehub Magazine film documenting Downieville, CA’s journey from dying mining town to mountain-bike mecca. Inspired by a desire to save their home trails, shaped by a grassroot organization’s unintentional stewardship, and fueled by the sport’s rowdiest festival, Downieville’s newest dirt miners are using that reputation to create a model community for struggling mountain towns across the globe—and it all started with a van, a chainsaw, and a few maxed-out credit cards.