How Mountain Biking Saved a Dying Town

This beautifully shot film chronicles the revival of Downieville, California, ‘from dying mining town to mountain-bike mecca.’

On its last legs, the small town of Downieville was brought back to life by a group of rowdy mountain bikers. These dedicated trail-builders were determined to keep their town from dying. So they got busy building something that would last for generations to come.

Full of mountain history, lovable characters, and breathtaking scenery, this new film from Patagonia will have you dreaming of a MTB road trip. “Dirt Magic” chronicles how this group of dirt miners is changing the landscape, all while creating a model for struggling communities across the country.

And to think it all started with a van, a chainsaw, and a few maxed out credit cards.

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Mallory Paige

Gear Editor Mallory Paige credits a childhood exploring the Rocky Mountains for her love of the outdoors. She recently spent a memorable year motorcycle camping across North America (with her dog!) and is now enjoying introducing her baby girl to all manner of adventure.

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