Steve Winter technically died two times in 1997 in a tragic helicopter crash in the Chilean Andes. He was miraculously revived, but was left partially paralyzed from the accident.
Winter is the founder of Matchstick Productions (MSP). He’s been creating ski and mountain bike movies since the accident, but has been unable to participate in the sports due to his injuries.
Recently, thanks to modern pedal-assist E-bike technology, Winter has been rejoined the mountain biking community on the trail.
MSP created a short film telling Winter’s story, and advocating for pedal-assist E-bike access on mountain bike trails across the country. It’s a must-watch, and it dramatically changed my opinion on E-bikes.
Check it out below.
Call me naïve, but I never considered that pedal-assist E-bikes could make mountain biking more accessible for those with physical disabilities.
E-bikes have a lot of negative stereotypes, but I think we all need to reconsider how beneficial they could be to a new community of disabled mountain bike riders.
Well done to MSP, and Steven Winter. Keep riding man, you’re an inspiration to us all!