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In 2018, Sportful partnered with Justin Balog and Remi McManus as they attempted to establish the first north to south Trans-Icelandic bike route, beginning at the Arctic Circle and finishing at Iceland’s southernmost point, the black sands of Vik.
Even though planning a route on the other side of the world was no easy undertaking, Justin and Remi often explore roads less traveled and are always packing their spirit of adventure. What lies beyond the next bend in the road? That is what they seek to find out as they tell stories that connect people and their lands through shared understanding and human powered exploration.
The result of this project is an incredible film experience titled "Shared Territory - Iceland." We hope you enjoy the trailer's glimpse of Iceland's extraordinary landscape and of the adventure ahead for the riders. Be sure to check out our upcoming posts as we break down the gear, lodging, nutrition, and route planning that made this trip possible.
The online release of the complete film will be coming later this year, but this spring you can catch the film in select theaters in the US:
March 9th — Tucson, Arizona (MSA Annex)
March 14th — Denver, Colorado (Oriental Theatre)
March 21st — Portland, Oregon (Mission Theater)
More dates and locations coming soon!
Visit Shared Territory for additional information.
Justin is the principal director at Mixed Media Machine, which focuses on sharing human stories. He’s a National Geographic award-winning photographer, and his films appear in festivals around the world. Justin headed up the film's cinematography and production while trekking the required cameras across Iceland in the bags on his bike.
Remi McManus has worn many hats in the cycling and professional world. A serial entrepreneur, he was the owner/operator of a professional UCI Continental team, and is a former US National Champion. He was the proprietor of one of America’s top 100 restaurants, is now owner/operator of two bars, and is working with his team on a new restaurant, KIN. At this point, his cycling is strictly focused on adventure and giving back to the community. Remi headed up the expedition planning, logistics, and storytelling.
Photo Credit: Ian Matteson