The Trans Sierra Norte mountain bike race is a three-day ride across ancient Mexican paths that finishes at the Dia de los Muertos celebrations in Oaxaca City. The riders brave enough to tackle the challenging route on 1,000-year-old trails face a 3,000-foot elevation gain/loss, chilly nights, and stalking panthers in the Mexican jungle.

One of these riders, Yefra Ram, gave a Red Bull film crew the chance to learn more about both Dia de los Muertos and Mexico’s growing mountain bike scene. Dealing with the memories of a brother who died at a young age, Ram finds his own kind of meditation tearing across the countryside, remembering only when he is “in the entrance, and when I am in the finish of the trail.”