“Blue is a testament to the inherent creativity, innovation and strength forged in women of the North.” - 5Point Film Fest
Filmed on location in Valdez, AK on Thompson Pass, Valdez Glacier Lake and other spectacular settings in and around Valdez during the annual Fat Bike Bash.
Produced by Lee Hart, Valdez Adventure Alliance
Directed by Aly Nicklas, Ursa Major
Cinematography: Aly Nicklas with Alisa Geiser
Drone Pilot: Jennie "Adrenajen" Milton
Photography: Freya Fennwood
Riders: Leigh Bowe, Liz Sampey, Jill Melland Simek, Amber Bethe, Berne Broudy, Abigale Nyland, Laurel Brady, Lee Hart, Patience Prieksat.
Safety & Snowmobile shuttle drivers: Jennie Milton, Sunny Hamilton, Kyle Sobek
Words: Berne Broudy
Lady Shredder. Enduro specialist; DH Mtb instructor, Keystone Bike Park; VIDA MTB Series Ambassador; ColoRowdies, board member; family nurse practitioner.
Jill Melland Simek
Anchorage crusher: DH Alaska Downhill Champ (2015, 2016, 2017); Enduro: Alaska Enduro Champ (2015, 2017); XC Soggy Bottom 100 Champ 2016; Fat Susitna 50 winner 2017, Homer Epic winner 2017; Bikepacking Kenai 250 and Tour Divide finisher. Well Integrity Engineer, Conoco Phillips.
All above photos by Freya Fennwood. Not pictured: riders Laurel Brady, Patience Prieksat; Kyle Sobek, shuttle & avalanche safety; Rich Loftin, course setter; Lanette Oliver, logistics; Prince William Sound College, The Fat Mermaid, and Teal Rogers, Mermaid of Stoke.
Multisport expedition instigator/leader: Guatemala, Peru, Iceland, Alaska, and Puerto Rico; US National Champ, Super DH; movement educator/full-time nomad.
Veteran racer Amber Bethe is a podium regular at some of Alaska’s toughest endurance races like the White Mountains 100, Soggy Bottom 100, Susitna 100, Soggy Bottom 100 and Frosty Bottom 50.
Berne Broudy, Ripping Outdoor/Adventure Journalist