Trailblazer, survivor, and advocate, Eliza Sampey is the embodiment of grit and resilience. The 15-minute film “No Going Back” is an intimate exploration of her ambitious endeavor to be the first woman to traverse the 500-mile Colorado Trail through a combination of bikepacking and fastpacking. The film, is a testament to her determination and unwavering spirit.
Directed, filmed, and edited by Evan Wilson, “No Going Back” is an inspiring narrative of Sampey’s audacious challenge undertaken two years after a life-altering traumatic brain injury (TBI). The film delves into the nuances of her relationship with her body and mind, providing a unique perspective on how her personal journey has shaped her bond with cycling and running.
However, the film is more than just a chronicle of Sampey’s ambitious quest. It’s also a platform for raising awareness about the hidden yet palpable impact of TBIs within the cycling community. Sampey’s story aims to shed light on this often overlooked issue, and in doing so, support others who are navigating similar challenges.
The film serves a noble cause, benefiting LoveYourBrain, an organization dedicated to offering free resources and programs to individuals affected by TBIs and their caregivers. With a fundraising goal of $5,000 to support the organization, the film also invites viewers to contribute to the cause, and donations can be made [here].
“No Going Back” is more than a film; it’s an inspiration and a call to action. As Eliza Sampey blazes trails across the Colorado landscape, she is also blazing a trail of awareness and support for those grappling with TBIs. Her journey is a testament to resilience, the power of the human spirit, and the role each of us can play in making a difference.