The Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival
Join other Greater Boston adventure-lovers for the movie magic of socializing and enjoying inspiring films together.
Presented by Ciclismo Classico, the 14th 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 have to be a cyclist to enjoy these journeys featuring people young and old, in the USA and abroad! We’ll be sharing an evening of short films and good company that will delight and inspire any attendee.
- When: Monday, March 20, 2023 (first night of Spring!)
- Time: 6:00pm social hour. 7:00pm films begin.
- Where: (New Location) Somerville Theatre, Somerville, MA
- Ticket Price: Advance tickets: $24 (plus fees), day-of-show tickets: $29 (plus fees). Each ticket includes one free entry into our fantastic prize drawing of gift certificates, bike jerseys, and more!
- Buy Tickets Now! A portion of festival proceeds go to the nonprofit Adventure Cycling Association.
Additional festival dates to be announced in Salem, MA; and Portland, ME!
You asked, we listened!
Over the years we heard from many people that they hoped for a more MBTA-accessible venue. The historic Somerville Theatre is at the heart of Davis Square, with a Red Line station and 6 bus lines. If you are riding your bike, you can arrive via the Minuteman from points west, the Alewife spur from Belmont, or the brand-new (should be open by March 2023) GLX corridor from Lechmere, with connections to the Charles River bike paths! If you are arriving by car, there are several paid lots and meter parking.
Our 2023 Featured Films!
- Kanymda Kuniss (Jérémie Reuiller, France, 29 min) They say the biking is just a pretext. An excuse to open doors and open minds. Following Fred Horny through Kyrgyzstan from Bishkek to Lenin Peak, Kanymda Kumiss is more than a mountain bike movie. It’s an adventure. While descending rapid rivers in his pack raft, sharing times with nomads, and observing the 30th anniversary of Kyrgyz independence, Fred does much more than ride.
- The Mountains Do Not Care (Nate Northey, Massachusetts, 4 min) The story of two friends who turned a far-off dream into reality: to cycle the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. They hope this short film inspires you to go on an adventure, no matter how big or small. It’s not about comparing, it’s about experiencing it for yourself.
- The Film You Wanted Me To Make (Anja Masling, The Netherlands, 4 min) A short portrait of Konrad, an elderly man who suffers from Parkinson’s disease. Although the filmmaker wanted to make a film about his condition, he gets carried away by his love for cycling, realizing that this passion matters much more to him than talking about his disease.
- The Heart of Scotland (Rachel Sarah & Stephen Reid, United Kingdom, 24 min) This film gives an insight into Andrew Paddison’s life and his experiences both off and on the bike as we follow Andrew and his team as they tackle 1,000 miles in just 10 days around the Highlands of Scotland. With mechanicals, wrong turns, classic Scottish rain (it’s wetter than normal rain), and 60,000 feet of climbing, this challenge tests Andrew’s determination and his capacity for hard riding day after day.
- Annapurna: Not as Planned (Mick Turnbull, Australia, 13 min) GRAND JURY AWARD WINNER. In October 2022, Mick Turnbull and Danielle O’Hara set off to ride their bikes around the Annapurna Circuit in Central Nepal. But despite all the planning and preparation, things didn’t go according to plan!
- The Delight Alone (Hannah Griggs, Georgia, USA, 3 min) This expressive piece touches on the sense of vulnerability, aloneness, and delight that Hannah experiences while bikepacking in the woods of rural South Carolina with two friends.
- Generational Tales: A Daughter’s Father (Marvin Beranek, Germany, 22 min) Ulirch Wernsing hadn’t slept in a tent since his teenage years but was inspired to give bikepacking a try after hearing the adventures of his daughter Franzi’s extensive bicycle travels throughout the world. Lured by promises of pizza, wine, and ice cream along the way, Ulrich set off from the starting line with Franzi as his coach, full of nervous excitement.
- The Truth and Dignity Project (Will Truettner, California, USA, 7 min) On July 24th, Erick Cedeño, aka Bicycle Nomad, crossed into St. Louis, Missouri, after spending 41 days in the saddle: The 1900-mile journey born of a commitment to bring truth and dignity to an oft-forgotten part of history. Erick’s ride serves as not only an invitation to learn the story but also a means of paying homage to the Buffalo Soldiers’ 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps by reliving their history.
Since our first Festival in 2010, we have inspired thousands of 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 showcases independent films that depict the adventure, humor, and growth inherent in two-wheeled journeys. Our films portray a broad range of experiences – destinations ranging from small African villages to a campground 30 miles from home; solo travel or a family reunion on bicycles; an organized tour from inn to inn or a shoestring jaunt with tent and sleeping bag. Ours is the ONLY film festival in the USA that focuses specifically on bicycle travel.
About Ciclismo Classico
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. www.ciclismoclassico.com