We took a little trip down memory lane today, reminiscing about what we were up to 25 years ago, in 1988.
But first, let’s roll back a couple of years prior, to 1986, when principals Mark Schulze and Patty Mooney briefly “retired” from the video production business and drove around North America in a small camper for nine months. Highlights of the journey included a grizzly attack in the Yukon, river rafting down the glacier-fed Athabasca River in a two-man Sevylor raft they bought at a K-Mart, fishing for trout in Oregon, hiking in Nova Scotia and many other fantastic adventures. While in Alaska, they spotted someone riding a bicycle through a river; this sparked their curiosity about mountain biking and when they returned to San Diego, they immersed themselves fully into the sport, buying a couple of rudimentary hardtails and flinging themselves onto the local trails.
By 1988, the duo were so into mountain biking, they had produced the first-ever how-to mountain bike video called “The Great Mountain Biking Video” which met with so much success, that a second one was under production: “Ultimate Mountain Biking: Advanced Techniques and Winning Strategies.” Both of these titles earned much press, and many awards, and featured top pros who are now, 20 years later, considered “pioneers” of their sport, and were the recipients of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 “Micro Business Award for Most Innovative Business.”
Check out this promotional trailer on “Ultimate Mountain Biking:”
Schulze and Mooney still hit the trails every Saturday and feel grateful to be able to commune with Mother Nature on their mountain bikes that now boast full suspension and 24 gears. The couple who play together, stay together.