Inspired to Ride CTBA
The South West premiere of this inspiring documentary from director Mike Dion, which takes a look at the hardy souls competing in the 2014 inaugural Trans Am Bike Race across the breadth of America.
On June 7, 2014, forty-five cyclists from around the world set out on the inaugural Trans Am Bike Race, following the famed TransAmerica Trail. Their mission was to cover 4,233 miles in one enormous stage race, traversing through ten states in an endurance cycle adventure of epic proportions. Following closely the journey of a handful of these cyclists as they prepare and compete, it examines what riding 300 miles a day really feels like with only a few hours sleep. To make it even more tough, the riders are self-supported - no crew, no follow vehicles and no prize money waiting at the end - instead relying solely on fitness, meticulously chosen gear and some serious mental fortitude to get them to the finish.
Enduring agonising climbs in the Rockies, driving winds in the Great Plains and sawtooth switchbacks in the Appalachians - and all for a pat on the back and a cold beer when its all over - some are out to make history and set records, but others are, simply, trying to finish.
Screening as part of Bristol Cycle Festival
Love bike films? Cyclescreen: Bristol Bike Film Festival returns this summer with an exciting programme showcasing distinctive documentaries and engaging speakers, celebrating cycling culture in all its varied forms. Register here for programme updates when they are announced.