Originally broadcast on the Discovery Channel
This is the story of The Iditabike 1988 race in Alaska on the Iditarod Trail
©1988-2007 Mark Forman Productions, Corp.
Winner Interbike Bicycle Film Festival
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"Bicycles on Snow"
Video of the1988 event
The Story of “Iditabike 88” a 200 mile race in the Alaskan wilderness.
Shown on the DISCOVERY CHANNEL
and winner of best film at the INTERBIKE FILM FESTIVAL in1994
Original Budget was $55K
Money got back on the project was about $10-12K
About 1.5 million viewers on the Discovery Channel at the time when this sport was unknown.
Equipment Sponsors were Timberland Boots and The North Face
Shot in 16mm on Kodak Film with a crew of 4 with 2 cameras (no digital in those days and certainly no GoPros!)
Worst moment in the shoot was when the camera operator opened the take-up side of the film magazine exposing 10 minutes of interviews.
Second worst moment was when riding in a sled towed by a snow machine we dropped 10 vertical feet over an ice ridge and survived the drop and continued to follow the riders.
Early on in the race we were flying to Rabbit lake to catch the riders arriving. There was no GPS in those days and the pilot got lost in the overcast but we finally found the location. Whew!
The weather on the second day of the race was warmer than normal and locals told us that this was not the usual pattern for that time of the year. (This was the effect of Global Warming 25 years ago although at the time who would have thought about it)
Best moment - Realizing that I was alone miles away from anyone else as I ferried a Snow Machine on the Iditarod Trail.
We travelled well over a hundred miles on Snow machines and another 200 plus miles in airplanes to document the race.
As my first experience as an independent filmmaker it was invaluable.
Would I do it again? Yes with someone else’s money! The Tip Jar would need a lot on this one!
Edited at Sound One in NYC on a Steenbeck Flatbed
Finished at the Tape House in NYC
Three years later I created the Forman Camera Bicycles which received US Patent 5467906.