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SIGHT UNSEEN: Guatemala with Brice Shirbach 2

Athlete and creator Brice Shirbach traveled to Central America to ride with Guatemalan women building local mountain biking culture and experience World Ride’s in-country women’s empowerment work.

SIGHT UNSEEN: Guatemala with Brice Shirbach

Launched in 2020, Sight Unseen celebrates discovery: each film captures the first run on a trail not previously ridden or scouted by the team, documenting in “one take,” the joy of exploring new terrain and getting outside your comfort zone. In this new film, Brice discovered not only new trails, but a new culture as well.

 

“Sight Unseen has been a very personal project for me, and Pivot has encouraged me to continue expanding the narrative in personally meaningful ways,” says Shirbach. “We were looking for destinations outside the U.S. when I learned about the brand’s broader partnership with World Ride. Quite frankly, Pivot welcomes male allies in their conversations about women’s advocacy in mountain biking. My wife and I recently welcomed our first daughter, so those conversations had new importance for me. Sight Unseen Guatemala with World Ride was a no-brainer. The destination took our concept to new levels.”

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Traveling from Antigua to the volcanoes of Guatemala’s western highlands, Brice discovered steep, rough hews, ancient trails, and connections with the alluring and generous Guatemalans with whom they shared the experience. Videographer Drew Bennett has anchored Shirbach’s Sight Unseen creative team since the launch in 2020. “Community and resources surrounding mountain biking is limited in Guatemala,” shared Bennett, “but people are so excited to ride. That type of pure passion is contagious and made an impact on the project.

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World Ride builds bike libraries for women in developing nations. These bike libraries provide a pathway to recreation, career, and competition for local women. World Ride supports first aid training, helps women get mountain bike guide and instructor certifications, coordinates destination trips that employ local female guides, and provides financial support to a select number of racers. “World Ride is committed to the long-term vision of helping create more opportunity for women,” says founder Julie Cornelius. In addition to Guatemala, World Ride runs programs in Nepal, Peru, and Lesotho.

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Brice Shirbach became a Pivot athlete in 2016 and now serves as Athlete Coordinator for Pearl Izumi. Previous Sight Unseen destinations include Durango, Colorado, the Oregon Coast, and the Tetons. Shirbach and Bennett were accompanied in Guatemala by photographer Kevin Horstmann. For more information about World Ride, please visit world-ride.com

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