Ride ‘Out West’ With Kitsbow in the Steps of a Queer Stagecoach Driver

Film 2 of 10 in Kitsbow’s legendary ’36 Hours’ film series is out now.

Remember back when Kitsbow offered folks money to bike? The cycling brand chose six winners (six films) for its 2021 edition of the “36 Hours in Kitsbow” grant.

Specifically, 36 Hours in Kitsbow aims to highlight unique, short films that tell the story of a cycling adventure — any adventure — undertaken in just 36 hours. Each year, chosen recipients earn cash and gear from Kitsbow to help create their films.

The first feature film, “Finding Joy in Atlanta,premiered back in June. The second film is out now.

A Unique Narrative: About ‘Out West’ Film

Directed by Jay Melena, “Out West” follows four friends — Melena, Everett Ó Cillín, Silas Littlefield, and Scottie Junker — who retrace the route of an infamous stagecoach driver, Charley Parkhurst.

Parkhurst grew up an orphan and ran away out west to start a new life on their own terms. The stagecoach driver became an important historical figure during the California Gold Rush, running passengers and cargo from San Francisco to San Juan Batista.

Plot twist: Parkhurst was queer. Their identity is an example of a narrative often lost or undocumented in outdoor spaces.

“As more people discover cycling and the outdoors, it’s important to share inclusive stories of trans and non-binary riders,” said David Billstrom, CEO of Kitsbow, “and remove the stigma that can often be associated with adventure cycling.”

Learn more and find all the films at Kitsbow online.

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Mary Murphy

Mary is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and is based in GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has a background in both newspaper and magazine writing. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.

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