The Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival

The 8th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival


No hands, no brakes – a death-defying USA premiere at the 8th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Regent Theatre, Arlington, MA (tickets info here)

Social Hour: 6:00 – 7:00 pm; Films 7:00 – 9:30 pm

A benefit for Adventure Cycling Association and MassBike

Win a free trip to Italy!

 Thursday, June 15, 2017

Academy of Music, Northampton, MA (tickets info here)

 Friday, June 16, 2017

Danbury Palace, Danbury, CT (tickets info here)

You won’t believe your eyes when you see 48 Hairpin Bends By Night, the featured short film in this year’s 8th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival. You will absolutely laugh with disbelief at the exploits of the film’s protagonist, Giuliano Calore:

He’s 74 years old, and a multiple-time Guinness Book of World Records holder. 

He decides to surprise us with one last go for the record books… 

He wants to travel the twists and turns of the legendary Monte Stelvio Pass in the Italian Alps, with its 48 hairpin turns… 

While riding in the dark, with only moonlight and a small headlight to guide him…

 With no handlebars…

 …and no brakes!


 48 Hairpin Bends By Night is not just for cyclists. It’s for anyone who has ever been consumed by a crazy goal. It’s for anyone who refuses to believe he or she is too old for adventure.

Festival Director Karin Turer says, “I’ve been directing this festival since 2012 – it began in 2010 – and this is the most jaw-dropping of any of the hundreds of films I’ve reviewed over the years. When I first saw I clip I couldn’t believe my eyes – loyal festival fans and newcomers alike will be delighted! We are thrilled to host the USA premiere of this amazing film.”

The festival is a celebration of travel and adventure on two wheels, and it’s the only event of its type in the world. This year, travel lovers will have three locations to watch the Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival: Arlington, MA; Northampton, MA; or Danbury, CT. You don’t need to be a cyclist to enjoy these tales of adventure from Italy to India, from Norway to Colorado and beyond.  Ciclismo Classico, the longtime pioneer in creative bicycle vacations, is proud to present this one-of-a-kind event.

In addition to the fantastic films, Arlington’s festival begins with live music from Slow Boat Home and the famous Cookie Showcase, an all-cookie buffet featuring the best bakeries of Arlington and beyond.  Every attendee will be entered into a drawing to win a trip to Italy with Ciclismo Classico, and there will also be chances to win a beautiful bike jersey as part of our Great Jersey Giveaway. The Northampton festival will have a VIP tasting event, with drink samples from Artisan Beverage Coop of Greenfield as well as a selection of fine cheese and beverages to pair them with from Provisions in Northampton.

The Festival is a production of Ciclismo Classico, a community-minded Arlington company that has been a leader in active bicycle vacations since 1988. Ciclismo Classico C.E.B. (Chief Executive Biker) Lauren Hefferon says, “Since our start almost 30 years ago, we’ve always been very involved with the local community. From our annual holiday ‘Jingle Ride’ to the Bike Travel Film Festival, we welcome the opportunity to promote active lifestyles and get people dreaming about their next adventure.” Through the proceeds from these events, Ciclismo Classico has donated thousands of dollars to a variety of bicycle and other local charities. This year’s Film Festival will benefit Adventure Cycling Association and Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition.



The Festival’s mission is to inspire attendees to explore by bicycle.  Whether across the globe or a few towns away, there’s nothing that recharges and expands horizons like bicycle travel. The Festival will increase awareness and appreciation for bicycle travel by showcasing independent films that depict the adventure, humor, and growth inherent in two-wheeled journeys. The Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival is the ONLY film festival in the USA that focuses specifically on bicycle travel.



The Ciclismo Classico mission is to offer high-quality, educational, and dreamy itineraries that celebrate the diversity of native peoples and their landscapes. By combining legendary service and rare cultural experiences, the Ciclismo Classico philosophy continues to energize and transform each and every guest.

As a specialized “boutique” tour operator since 1988, Ciclismo Classico provides the most authentic, unique and exciting vacations in the adventure travel industry. Their well-crafted educational trips in Italy, France, Spain, Austria, and New England are active immersions into local art, language, music and delicious cuisine.

The Ciclismo Classico Bike Across France tour was recently honored as a National Geographic Traveler “Tour of a Lifetime.”


Want to see our 2016 Film Festival winners?

Audience Prize: UNBOLIVIABLE

Grand Jury Prize: Perceived Limits

Weekender Prize: The Cyclist



Submissions have now closed.

For submission regulations and more information, please click here.