Back on the Bike is a short film from Samantha Saskia Dugon chronicling a bikepacking trip through Wales with her mom, who hadn’t ridden a bike in more than 20 years.
It was in the autumn of 2020 that I had the idea to take my mum, who hadn’t ridden a bike in over 20 years, across the breadth of North Wales on a bikepacking and campervan adventure. Why you ask? I’ve been trying for a number of years to help get my mum back outside and exploring again. Having suffered multiple family grievances and battling Cancer all whilst bringing up teenage me as a single parent, it’s safe to say that her confidence along with her adventurous and inquisitive spirit had taken a hit.This trip was the opportunity to change that.
With the help of an eJimi electric mountain bike from Islabikes, we headed up to our starting point in Llangollen, what followed in the next few days has provided us stories for life, along with a new found confidence for my mum, both in herself and her abilities on and off the bike.