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Date(s) - April 5, 2024
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The Lyric


Mountain Biking Takes Root on the Navajo Nation

Presented with thanks to Colorado Humanities, City of Fort Collins’ Office of Equity and Inclusion, Colorado State University’s Native American Cultural Center.

In-person guests: Franklin Cook (film participant), Lorenzo Manuelito (film participant), and Scott Nydam (film participant)

On Zoom guests: T.C. Johnstone (director) and Kristen Johnstone (producer)

IN THE DIRT is a documentary film about a group of passionate Native American cyclists who attempt to bring the sport of mountain biking to the Navajo Nation, where no bike shops exist.

In 2018, retired pro cyclist Scott Nydam and his family moved to Gallup, New Mexico to pursue a healthcare job for his wife. Soon after their arrival, Scott began meeting passionate mountain bikers across the 28,000-mile expanse of the Navajo Nation who loved the bike and wanted to bring the sport to their communities. The only problem is no bike shops existed. Through a grassroots native-led effort, this group of dedicated cyclists and their families have overcome countless odds to build a cycling culture that today has become the fastest-growing recreational sport on the Navajo Nation.


CSU’s Student Leadership Involvement and Community Engagement office (SLiCE) is sponsoring two free tickets for CSU students to attend ACT. Students must book with their Rams email and CSUID number, and use the discount code SLiCE24. These free student tickets are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Student IDs will be checked at the festival. CSU employees can take advantage of the Commitment to Campus discount to receive 20% off a festival pass or 20% off any individual tickets. Please log into the c2c site for the discount code.