Join SDMBA for a screening of Blood Road, some Mission Brewery beverages and a chance to win a Marin Bicycle with Bikepacking bags from Migration Bicycle Supply and some other cool prizes. Proceeds go to SDMBA to help keep our trails awesome!
Mountain bike champion Rebecca Rusch rides the 1,200 miles of Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh Trail in search of the spot where her father crashed and died during the war.
Although she’s used to pushing her body to the limit, nothing could prepare ultra-endurance mountain biker Rebecca Rusch for the emotional journey she took in 2015 when she pedaled 1,200 miles of the Ho Chi Minh Trail in search of the crash site that claimed the life of her father, a U.S. Air Force pilot shot down during the Vietnam War.
Rusch, affectionately known as “The Queen of Pain," is among the greatest female ultra-endurance mountain bikers in the world. Although she’s used to pushing her body to its limit, nothing could prepare her for the emotional journey she took in 2015 when she pedaled 1,200 miles of the Ho Chi Minh trail in search of the crash site that claimed the life of her father during the Vietnam War.
Blood Road is a journey of hope and discovery — a way for Rusch to begin a fresh relationship with the father she lost so long ago.
Joined by Vietnamese competitive biking champion Huyen Nguyen, Rusch travels through the dense jungles of Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. While Nguyen helps Rusch understand the cultural context of her quest, the women forge a deep bond triggered by a shared experience of war and loss.
As the pair tests the boundaries of their athletic abilities, occasionally reaching their breaking points, they learn how conflict connected their cultures, even as it tore their families apart. They also glean the tragic history of the "Blood Road," which leads them through the heart of darkness and into the light of local villages and Buddhist monasteries still marked by the painful relics of war, and populated by generous townspeople who share their stories.
Big thanks to MJ's Cyclery for their help in making this event happen!