The Northern Forest Center and its Bike Borderlands partners debuted a series of short films on April 28 with a mostly virtual film festival that celebrated mountain biking and community life in nine Northern Forest towns.
Bike Borderlands is a collaboration among nine independent organizations working to improve and promote trails for community benefit in northern New Hampshire and adjacent parts of Maine, Vermont, and Quebec. The Center facilitates the initiative.
More than 200 people from across New England and eastern Canada attended the virtual film festival. Businesses from each Borderlands community donated generously to a prize drawing for each location, raising raising more than $6,000 for future Borderlands activities. “We are so grateful to the breweries, inns, bike shops and other local retailers who made it possible to offer a prize package for each location,” said Maura Adams, the Center’s director of community investment.
The films, shot by Three Peaks Media, were made in 2019 for release in spring 2020, but we held back distribution in deference to Covid travel restrictions. Now people are more eager than ever to explore new riding destinations. Learning about Borderlands trail networks – most of which are not well-known – is already getting riders excited about trails and towns to visit this summer.
Watch our introductory film of the whole Borderlands region and concept, as well as videos featuring each location:
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