Ride of the Dead takes us into the world of the Mexican mountain bike culture during the famous annual celebration known as Dia De Los Muertos. This film follows Oaxacan-born-and-raised rider and trail builder Yefra Ram through some of Mexico’s best mountain bike trails as he honors the passing of loved ones and competes in the first annual Tran Sierra Norte race.
The Trans Sierra Norte is a multi-day enduro mountain bike race that rips through the Oaxacan highlands, offering more than 3,000 feet of elevation gain and loss. The trails are thousands of years old and were predominately used to connect local villages and exchange goods, further making the bike event a cultural rarity, especially since it finishes in Oaxaca City right about the time the fireworks are blasting off for the Day of the Dead fiesta.
Yefra Ram builds and maintains the trails nestled within Oaxaca’s backcountry and works with the local villages and the Tran Sierra Norte administration to develop a network of world-class trails once used as donkey-trodden trade routes.
This is one man’s journey to share his love of riding with the world.