Join Missy Giove, Marla Streb, Jacquie Phelan, and other brave women in their natural environment: the dirt. Some of them, like Missy and Marla, take on the pro downhill mountain biking circuit - flying down steep, gnarly trails at 50+ mph on tricked out, custom bikes. When they're not racing, they endure the tedium of travel, training, hanging out... Meanwhile, the sport's earliest champion, Jacquie Phelan, teaches frightened novices new tricks, while a wise mechanic advises "it's not about the uphills and downhill, it's all about the transitions" - a philosophy these athletes apply to racing and life equally. HardiHood reveals the emotions of the stars - and unknowns - who ARE the sport.
Women are becoming a growing presence in the world of competitive mountain biking, and this documentary offers an in-depth look at ten of the leading women in this exciting and demanding sport. Hardihood features interviews with leading professional cyclists as well as top-ranked amateurs; subjects include Jacquie Phelan, a three-time national champion in the 1980s who was also well known as a tireless advocate of the sport, and Missy Giove and Marla Streb, two of the best riders on the circuit. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi