Fifty Years of Kicks sequel to be released this month


On April 28, the creators of Fifty Years of Kicks will release a follow-up short film, titled Checkpoints.

The original film was a collaboration between and Traction e-Rag. After their 2012 release proved very, very popular on YouTube (over 498,000 views to date), they decided to do a follow-up funded by Kickstarter (we told you about that here).

The new short film once again features riders Paul Rodden (age 75) and Larry Murray (age 65). It has a few new faces as well, including Red Bull Hard Enduro champ Graham Jarvis (age 40), FIM SuperEnduro champ Colton Haaker (age 25), and GNCC racer Jamie Baskerville (age 15). The documentary looks at the sacrifices necessary in becoming a world-class pro rider, and asks: Is it better to have a full-time job and just ride motorcycles for pure enjoyment? What steps are necessary to become a pro rider, and what do you have to give up to pursue that goal? How do you stay on the podium at age 40?

The documentary was filmed in Mattawa, Ontario, on the Voyageur Multi-Use Trail System. Along with their Kickstarter sponsorship, the filmmakers received help from Ontario Tourism, Husqvarna Motorcycles, Beta Motorcycles, What a Ride, Canada Rides, TekVest, and the Bytown Motorcycle Association.

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