Produced by Grit and Thistle The Rider and The Wolf tells the story of Mountain Bike Hall of Fame cyclist Mike Rust who went missing without a trace in 2009. The film celebrates Rust’s life as a Colorado bicycle pioneer and delves into his disappearance in the San Luis Valley—an almost lawless part of Colorado’s Wild West—examining innovation, tradition, independence, irreverence, body hunting and what it’s like for a tight Irish family to lose a brother.
Who killed Mike the Bike? As our calendars clicks around to March 31, it marks the fifth year that Mountain Bike Hall of Fame cyclist Mike Rust has been missing after confronting thieves near his home in Saguache, Colorado. Local rumors run wild —some think the killers tossed his body down a mine shaft: others say he’s just one of 13 missing people in the San Luis Valley; a few believe that he ran off to Mexico — we hear many versions as people drop by our studio after learning that we are making this film: The Rider and The Wolf.