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Mountain Biking in the UK’s Lake District Is Unreal

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In this short film from Sam Needham and Hope Technology we follow two riders, Rachel Walker and Julia Hobson, as they wake up before 5 a.m., grab their bikes, and ascend Helvellyn, the third highest mountain in the Lake District of the United Kingdom. About reaching the summit as the sun rose, Needham said, “No one else is witnessing what you are right now—not the shadows folding around the mountain ridges, or the lowlands fading into life—you don’t take it for granted.” You can follow Needham on Facebook here and on Instagram here.

Mountain Biking