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12th annual travel film fest held

Pedal Through. / Photographer Alisa GeisereScene from 'Pedal Through.' /             Photographer Alisa Geisere

'Adventure is for Everyone' from Ciclismo Classico, Regent

Celebrate the end of a long winter and travel the world from your living room at the 12th annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival. The collection of bicycle travel films will warm you up and give you some perfect motivation for getting out on your bicycle this spring.

While Covid-19 keeps us from enjoying the films together in person, we’re excited to make the festival accessible to adventure-lovers anywhere in the world. This year’s festival takes viewers everywhere from Taiwan to India to the Canadian Rockies and the United States.

  • Live Stream with chat and door prizes: Thursday, March 18, 7 p.m. EDT (program is available for viewing up to 72 hours after conclusion of live event);
  • Tickets: $16 advance; $21 day-of-show; and
  • Ticket sales here >> (Part of the proceeds go to longtime beneficiary Adventure Cycling Association.).

Presented by Ciclismo Classico and the Regent Theatre, the 12th annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival is a celebration of travel and human-powered adventure on wheels, and it is the only event of its type in the world.

You don’t need to be a cyclist to enjoy these tales of adventure, Featured films include “Week a Year,” the story of a group getting together to ride a portion of the East Coast Greenway one week a year, making their way from Maine to Florida over the course of nine summers.

“Pedal Through” is about three women trying bikepacking for the first time.  True to the year that was 2020, there’s also “Lockdown Bicycle Tour,” featuring an adventurous cycle tour to the filmmaker’s backyard.

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The Regent Theatre, the longtime hosts, will be streaming the festival “live” for you to watch from the comfort of your own home.  There will be an active live-chat concurrent with the festival to enjoy the company of adventure-lovers around the world.

Additional support for the festival is provided by Gold Sponsor Wheelworks.  There will also be opportunities to make a donation to keep the lights on at the Regent Theatre until we can come back in person.

Film descriptions

Lockdown Bicycle Tour (Samuel Hollywood-Summers & Helen Eachus, United Kingdom, 15 min)

On the 9th of May, 2020, Helen and Sam set off on a bicycle tour with a difference. Following the UK's strict coronavirus lockdown rules, they embarked on their daily exercise ride fully loaded with luggage, equipped to spend the night camping in their own back garden, where they also enjoyed a barbecue. This is a small film about small adventures, and squeezing joy out of every opportunity in whatever circumstances you find yourself in.

Freedom Seat (Linus Herbig-Matten, Germany, 27 min)

In 2018 Naresh Kumar went on his biggest adventure to date. He cycles from Chennai, India to Hamburg, Germany on a tandem bike – with a seat left empty for a passenger. Along the way he invites people to help him pedal for a cause, to fight against modern-day slavery. On his 74-day journey, Naresh will cross 12 countries, cycling over 8,000km.

Week a Year (David Read, Topsfield, Massachusetts, USA, 13 min)

Not everyone has the time or inclination for a monthslong bicycle tour – but many people could spare a week a year!  Join David Read and a cheerful group of fellow cyclists as they tackle the growing East Coast Greenway network from Maine to Florida.  Over the course of 9 years, they will make lifelong friendships and see the densely-populated East Coast USA in a new light.

Only in Toledo (Dan Lior, Brooklyn, NY, USA; 3 min)

"Only in Toledo" was born out of a meme created to laugh and ridicule a young man fighting to provide for his family. This is the story of DeShawn Willis, a young man from Toledo, Ohio, who tried to open up a landscaping business. Shortly afterwards, his van broke down.  DeShawn came up with a creative way to get around, Inspiring people from all around the world with his grit & perseverance.

Growing on Two Wheels (Bertrand Lemeunier, Canada, 27 min)

Growing on Two Wheels is Vanessa’s love story for bike trips. Over time, the challenges become very different when cycling as a family. During her journey from ages 33 to 40, she will have learned to overcome her doubts and step out of her comfort zone.

Choosing To Live (Jeff Bartlett and Matthew Clark, Canada, 7 min)

While mourning her late husband, Sarah Hornby craved an opportunity to connect with him through his biggest passion. Her goal was simple. She would attempt all 10 routes he created while researching his Bikepacking in the Canadian Rockies guidebook, in a single year. As she pedaled, her story transformed. From sadness and loss to a profound celebration of both his life and her own unique journey, she was choosing to live.

Pedal Through (Analise Cleopatra and Aly Nicklas, Oregon, USA, 14 min)

Pedal Through invites us into the world of director-lead Analise Cleopatra as she discovers the healing and joy of mountain biking. Analise had never camped or ridden a bike off the pavement when she decided to plan a week-long mountain biking adventure with an all-Black female team: her best friend and fellow newcomer to the sport, DeJuanae Toliver, and professional mountain biker Brooklyn Bell. Together, they traverse the Oregon backcountry on an adventure full of exploration, curiosity, waterfalls, old growth forest, sparkling starscapes, and deep healing. 

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This news announcement was published Monday, March 8, 2021, Ticket link updated Marcj 18.



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