For the past two and a half years we have been working on a feature length documentary about an amazing race that takes place in Mexico each spring. The race is known as the Ultra Marathon Caballo Blanco, a 50-mile foot-race designed to help promote and preserve the running culture of the Tarahumara Indians living in Mexico’s Copper Canyons. For centuries, running has been a part of their culture, but problems like draught, loss of their native lands and the drug war have affected them greatly and they don’t run as much as they used to. Micah True was an American ultra-runner from Boulder, CO who lived and ran with the Tarahumara and wanted to help them, so he created the race that bears his name. Each spring, hundredss of Tarahumara runners would compete with international runners from around the world in the small village of Urique, Chihuahua. Every finisher was awarded 500 pounds of corn. The race was featured in Christopher McDougall’s best selling (2009) book “Born to Run – A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen”. It has been our privilege to work with Micah True and all of the race participants on this project and we are very pleased to begin sharing our footage with the world in our upcoming documentary.
The AZBDR documentary provides an in-depth look into the creation and first expedition of the AZBDR. Follow a group of riders on adventure and dual-sport motorcycles including the Yamaha WR250R, KTM 990 Adventures, BMW F800GS’, and the 2013 R1200GS water-cooled, as they tackle some of the toughest terrain, and enjoy the stunning and varied landscapes of Arizona’s remote backcountry, including historic old west towns, remote deserts, pine-covered mountains, beautiful canyons and Native American landscapes.
The AZBDR is a scenic ride across the state of Arizona, beginning at the Mexico border and finishing at the Utah border. The route has been created specifically for dual-sport and adventure motorcyclists who are interested in exploring Arizona’s remote back-country. This 750-mile south-to-north route utilizes many remote dirt roads and leads riders through iconic locations including the Mogollon Rim, Sunset Crater National Monument, Grand Canyon and the Navajo Nation.
2011 Mexico International Film Festival Golden Palm Award
2011 Mountain Film Festival Sir Edmund Hillary Award Winner
2010 MarCom Awards Platinum Award
The AZBDR is a 750-mile scenic ride across the state of Arizona, beginning at the Mexico border and finishing at the Utah border. The route consists of mostly remote dirt roads, that pass through iconic locations including the Mogollon Rim, Sunset Crater National Monument, Grand Canyon and the Navajo Nation. The AZBDR documentary provides an in-depth look into the creation and first expedition of the AZBDR. Follow a group of riders on adventure motorcycles including the Yamaha WR250R, KTM 990 Adventures, BMW F800GS, and the 2013 R1200GS as they camp from their motorcycles, tackle tough terrain, and enjoy the stunning and varied landscapes of Arizona’s remote backcountry, including historic old west towns, remote deserts, pine-covered mountains, beautiful canyons and Native American lands.
Producer/Director – Sterling Noren
Camera – Sterling Noren, Shaun Brender
Editor – Sterling Noren
Sony EX3 video camera
Sony FS700 video camera
GoPro Hero HD3 helmet camera (helicopter camera)
Canon DSLR (helicopter camera)
2 remote control helicopters
1 camera rail slider
2009 KTM 990 Adventure
2013 KTM 1190 Adventure R
Here are some of the videos that resulted from this expedition:
The Arizona BDR is about to begin. As usual, we will be documenting the historic creation of this new off-pavement route across the state of Arizona. This is the fourth installment in the Backcountry Discovery Routes series. Our departure date is set for Wednesday, May 8th in Bisbee, AZ. We are giving ourselves eight days to ride north across the entire state, to the border of Utah. Following the completion of the BDR, several of the group will be attending the Overland Expo in Flagstaff, AZ.
Our team of riders includes:
Justin Bradsahw – Chief Cook, Butler Maps (KTM990R)
Tom Myers – The Fixer, Touratech (R1200 Water Boxer)
Rob Watt – Trailmaster, Trailmaster Adventure Gear (KTM 990R)
Paul Guillien – The Boss, Touratech (BMW F800 GS)
Sterling Noren – Mr. Director, Noren Films (BMW F800GS)
Jon Beck – Camera Jockey, Jon Beck Photography (R1200 Water Boxer)
Inna Thorn – BDR Babe, Backcountry Discovery Routes (Yamaha WR250)
We’re very excited to release the latest installment in the Backcountry Discovery Route series, the COBDR. We recently completed riding and filming the epic Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route. It was a wonderful motorcycle expedition and we’ve created a classic adventure ride. Viewers of the film will get a taste of what awaits them in Colorado — spectacular scenery, historic mining towns and exhilarating adventure riding on what is arguably one of the best rides in the country.Here’s the official movie trailer from the forthcoming documentary.