The Push - A Short Film From Salsa Cycles

In recognition of the 10th annual Arrowhead Ultra 135 race, which starts next Monday, we share a new short film from Salsa Cycles: The Push.

To all the hearty individuals taking part in this year's race, we wish you a safe and meaningful race. To those riding either our Beargrease or Mukluk fatbikes, we say 'Good luck and get after it!'.


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Mike Riemer

Mike Riemer

I love being outside. I prefer to ride on dirt. Or snow. If I was born a hundred years earlier I might have been a polar explorer. There's a great natural world out there to see, smell, taste, listen to, and experience. Life slows down out there and the distractions we've created will disappear if you let them. Give me a backpack and let me go.


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ArkyKenny | January 20th, 2014

Well done!  I love these little adventure movies you guys put up.  People struggle to understand “Why?” we do stuff like this.  You did a good job of capturing the longing need in my gut, and why I call “Fun” the need to attempt to do something that I might not be able to do.  Answering that question is not done with words, but it can be understood.  Keep the adventure short movies coming.

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Jim C | January 20th, 2014

Well done, Kid.  Thanks.

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Ellen Hart | January 20th, 2014

Thinking back to year one of the Arrowhead Ultra with the 7-10 participants and my introduction to the Woodburys after they had pushed their bikes 35 miles to what is now checkpoint #1 in about 14 hours and were calling for a ride. I was in awe of them, their determination, their support for each other, their love of the sport and the challenge and their internal drive to understand themselves and their capabilities.
Great depiction of what it is really like out there.

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Peterg | January 21st, 2014

Nicely done Kid, nicely done!

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Muziejai | January 23rd, 2014

Great event! You must have had great time despite it’s cold weather, I would love to join some activities like this.

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Tim H | January 23rd, 2014

That was really well done Kid, thank you for sharing. Such an epic yet humble event.

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Mark Susan | January 25th, 2014

Nice job, Mike. Because I shun the cold, there’s no way I’m pedaling—or pushing—my bike for 135 miles in the snow, but I think it’s great that you came back and got it done after the first time didn’t work out. Congrats and if you’re ever near the west coast, let’s meet up!

-Mark Susan

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Erv Berglund | January 31st, 2014

Capturing the coldness of I Falls and the soft monotone-like voice sets the stage nicely for what lies ahead.  Black (deep green) and white landscape, rocking trees, squeaky snow, and one’s breath circling about your face to help ward off frost bite was the venue.  Only thing missing was the drudgery of many hill pushes.  Great video!

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Pat | February 7th, 2014

We’ll done, Kid,  now I don’t need to come see it for myself.
Congrats to all who attempt it!

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | February 7th, 2014

Thanks everyone. Pat, I’d love to have you come see it for yourself, but after watching A Thin White Line the other night, I think you’d crush it! I hope you are well brother.

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Ding Cristobal | February 18th, 2014

Thanks for a great video Kid. What you shared gives great inspiration. I live in the Philippines and (needless to say) we do not have winters here. We have only two seasons - dry and wet. Some say wet and wetter. But we have our own set of challenges here. What you shared inspires me, and will inspire many others, to courageously face and overcome whatever challenge that will come our way. As a nation, we are still reeling from the devastation that was inflicted to us by typhoon Haiyan. The loss and destruction is extremely extensive as you might have seen in the news. But we as Filipinos exhibit a profound resiliency. And we, thankfully, are beginning to recover. It will take many more years, many obstacles, sometimes our own enemy will be ourselves. But, just like you and the other participants of the Arrowhead Ultra 135, we just keep on going on. We keep on pedalling, we overcome the cruelty of the weather, we overcome the “devils on our shoulders” saying that we need to give up and stop the insanity that we are subjecting ourselves to. But for some insane reason, it is the exact insanity of it all that keeps us going. As you pointed out at the conclusion of the video, it is the determination amidst the insanity that offers the shining opportunity to RE-DEFINE ourselves. (And re-definition is exactly what I, personally, need to do for myself right now). I have some epic rides planned for myself this year and what we battle here is the heat. I will surely pack with me the inspiration that you gave. Thanks Kid. God bless you and more power to you and Salsa. (By the way, I ride a Mamasita and I love it). Cheers.

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Josh Spice | February 21st, 2014

Nice, Miker. Great job. I hope to be in your lens next year.

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Jeff Reed | February 26th, 2014

Don’t have much to add after reading the previous posts. This small video captured the essence of this challenging ride. Thank you for putting it together. Keep those fat tires rolling!

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