Festival director, James Hallett, saw the need to inspire the international mountain biking community through film and global sponsors Bike Hub, South Africa's leading online cycling destination, as well as innovative lighting and headlamp manufacture Ledlenser, jumped at the opportunity to come on board as festival partners.

To fully appreciate the immense stoke that this year’s festival will bring, watch the trailer below:

Since the announcement of the tour, the mountain biking community has responded enthusiastically, with over 13 screenings scheduled for 2017 already! And who could blame them with an awe-inspiring line-up of films on offer for hosts to screen – 11 of the finest to be exact – produced by the likes of some of the world’s top filmmakers.

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Bikepacking the Colorado Trail. Photo credit: Ben Gevalda.

From Flashes of the Altai, where childhood friends set out for a mountain biking and pack rafting adventure in far west Mongolia, to the vintage ‘80s compilation Freewheelin’ – believed to be one of the first mountain biking films ever made – there really is something for everyone.

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Fast Forward. Photo credit: Talweg Creative.

“The films that make up our official selection have been chosen because of their diversity and rich story line,” says Hallett. “We believe that all riders revere their own individual sense of adventure when it comes to venturing outdoors and riding bikes and the 2017 lineup of films truly encompasses this spirit of discovery and self-expression."

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Flashes of the Altai. Photo credit: Joey Schusler.

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Island of Thorns. Photo credit: Tom Malecha.