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The 13th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival

Presented by Ciclismo Classico, the 13th 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.

A return to in-person viewing back in the Pioneer Valley!

  • When: Sunday, May 22, 2022. 
  • Time:  VIP Event at 5PM;  General Admission Doors at 5:30PM, Screening from 6-8PM
  • Where:  Bombyx Center for Arts and Equity, Florence, MA
  • Purchase Tickets: $30 VIP (in-person) Admission; $20 General Admission or Streaming
  • Every attendee gets a free raffle ticket (additional tickets available for purchase!) for our amazing giveaway of goodies, with all proceeds from the evening going to MassBike and World Bicycle Relief.

After a few years hiatus, local mobile bicycle shop Speed and Sprocket Cycle Works is bringing the Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival back to the Pioneer Valley! For those who’ve never attended, get ready for an entire evening of cycling inspiration that will make you want to quit your job (as if you need an excuse) and hit the open road. This year, the Pioneer Valley edition of the festival is moving from March to May, to coincide with Bay State Bike Month and to get you ready for the cycling season! We are also moving the venue to the amazing and newly opened Bombyx Center for Arts and Equity!  This event is made possible thanks to the River Valley Co-opProvisionsPedal 2 PintsCraig Della Penna Realtor, and the Sugar Maple Trailside Inn.

Two ways to enjoy the films:

  • The in-person festival will be held at the newly opened Bombyx Center for Arts and Equity in Florence.  Before the evening’s main event, there will be a VIP tasting and social hour sponsored by Provisions in Northampton, where attendees will get to taste a smorgasbord of fine food and drink while mingling with like minded new friends!  We will be following current guidelines regarding masking, but all attendees are encouraged to mask for their own comfort.  Don’t miss out on this special VIP treat!  For tickets for the live show (VIP or general admission), visit https://thirdrow.live/events/ciclismo-classico/
  • Online streaming option –  In addition to in-person, we’ll be offering streaming tickets to allow you to watch from the comfort of your own couch this year!  For tickets to the online show, please visit: https://xerb.tv/channel/biketravel2022/virtual-events/3075

Our Featured Films for 2022

  • Bikepacking the Sultanate of Oman (Ricard Calmet, Spain, 13 min) A bikepacking adventure that explores the mountainous heart of the Sultanate of Oman. Alba and Ricard embark on a 1000km journey that will take them through deep gorges and unusual mountains that rise between the sea and the desert. Water is scarce and climbs are steep, but they experience firsthand the warmth and hospitality of an ancestral culture.
  • It Has Become Beauty Again (Austin Smock, Utah, 4 min) Jon Yazzie was born on the Navajo reservation. He struggled to connect to his cultural identity for much of his life, leading him to make the wrong life choices and lack a sense of belonging. It wasn’t until he discovered bikepacking and made his way back to the Navajo reservation that he could regain that connection and feel at peace with himself.
  • Gaëlle on Tour: Whiteout (Gaëlle Bojko, France, 9 min) “In February 2020, I spent a month cycling across frozen Lake Baikal. The cold, the ice, and the snow drew me there. I can’t explain precisely why I enjoy being in these landscapes so much but I feel comfortable in these wintery places – despite the cold, the harshness, and the solitude. I love the silence, the muffled sounds, the light, the seeming steadiness that I find very soothing.”
  • 4 Countries, 4 Bikes, 1 Day (Frederick Joseph Garnerone, Italy, 15 min) A group of friends went on a quest to see how many countries they would be able to cross in one day only using bikes. Frederick Joseph Garnerone is a Canadian-Italian student who is our first-ever teenage director.
  • Bikepacking Munich Nice (Peter Baumeister, Germany, 32 min) Two friends are crossing the entire Alps bikepacking from Munich to Nice following the highest possible mountain passes. Will they make it to the Mediterranean Sea?
  • Mr. Sisyphus (Jedi Joongoo Kang, South Korea, 8 min) One man’s quest to find his meaning in life. Based on Albert Camus’s interpretation of the Greek myth of Sisyphus, a little bit of Moby Dick and a father’s recovery from his hip replacement and being able to ride his mountain bike again for the first time in 7 years.
  • All Bodies on Bikes (Zeppelin ZeeripUtah, USA, 13 min) Kailey Kornhauser and Marley Blonsky are on a mission – a mission to change the idea that people in larger bodies can’t ride bikes. The duo aims to make cycling more inclusive, beyond just inviting people of all sizes to ride bikes, but by changing the entire idea of what it means to be a cyclist — not just on screens, but on trails and in people’s minds.
  • Distant Dharma (Annemarie Hennes, California, USA, 16 min) In March of 2020, world-class endurance athlete Rebecca Rusch set out to ride a fat bike 350 miles across the frozen Alaskan wilderness. The Iditarod Trail Invitational promised the challenge of a lifetime but after an early mistake, Rebecca’s race takes on new meaning before she emerges from the trail into a global pandemic.
  • The Nomad (Brian Vernor, California, 5 min) “I’m not from here. I’m not from there. I’m from everywhere. And I belong there.” – Erick Cedeño

In-person showings for 2022

Stay tuned for an Arlington, MA-based showing in Fall 2022.

We are hoping to re-start the Festival in our satellite locations in 2022.  Check back here for shows in Keene, NH, and Portland, ME.

Calling All Filmmakers!

The 2023 Festival is OPEN for your bicycle travel submissions!

Our submission page can be found here: https://filmfreeway.com/CiclismoClassicoBikeTravelFilmFestival

Submitting a film is free.  Although films of up to 60 minutes are eligible, the vast majority of selected films are 3-20 minutes long.

Festival Mission

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.  We seek films that 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

Lauren Hefferon presenting at an event

 

 

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