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The 12th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival

We’re Online And Worldwide in 2021:
Travel the World from Your Living Room!

Celebrate the end of a long winter with Ciclismo Classico.  Our 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 our festival accessible to adventure-lovers anywhere in the world.

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.

There is truly something for everyone at this year’s festival, and you don’t need to be a cyclist to enjoy these tales of adventure! 

The Regent Theatre, our longtime hosts, will be streaming the festival “live” for you to watch from the comfort of your own home.  We are taking advantage of technology and will have feature virtual visits from some of our filmmakers, along with some of the commentary and door prizes you’ve come to expect from our festival.  There will be an active live-chat concurrent with the festival to enjoy the company of adventure-lovers around the world!

As a longtime pioneer in creative bicycle vacations, we are proud to present this one-of-a-kind event.  Additional support for the Festival is provided by Gold Sponsor Wheelworks.  A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales for the online show will still go to our longtime beneficiary, Adventure Cycling Association.  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 2021

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) GRAND JURY PRIZE WINNER 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.

Calling All Filmmakers!

The 2022 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.

Want to see our 2020 Winners?

Grand Jury Award: Journey to West Africa
Audience Award: Following the Lieutenant: The Buffalo Soldiers of the Bicycle Corps

Host a festival in your hometown!

When it is safe to do so, we are looking to expand our shows into new areas of the USA. If you’d like to bring the Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival to YOUR hometown, we want to hear from you!

We’ve been inspiring audiences in our home of Arlington, MA, since 2010, and we began our expansion to other communities in 2016. We’ve learned a lot about how to provide an excellent experience for our satellite theatres, and we’d love to see if the Festival is a fit for YOU!

Want to know more?  Contact Festival Director Karin Turer to get a copy of our interest form with more information on bringing the Festival to YOUR town!

Festival Mission

The Festival’s mission is to celebrate all kinds of bicycle travel and to inspire our audiences to hop on a bike and just go!  Whether you ride across the globe or on your local bike path, 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 personal growth that happens on two-wheeled journeys. We’ve featured films that portray a broad range of experiences and destinations ranging from small African villages to a campground 30 miles from home. We feature the solo bike traveler as well as family reunions 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

About Wheelworks

Wheelworks is pleased to support the Ciclismo Classico Bicycle Travel Film Festival. For over forty years, they’ve been part of New England cycling. They’ve seen and participated in the journey and look forward to where it is going next.

“This film festival exorcised my inner curmudgeon. After 40 years of riding I had become jaded and non-plussed by all things bicycle.  These films were like a defibrillator for my soul. Now I seek epic adventures – be they around my neighborhood or around my planet – to follow the courageous and curious who produce these films.”     Richard Fries, Director, Cycling Experience, Best Buddies Challenge

Please consider a donation on behalf of the future of the Film Festival at www.gofundme.com/f/support-the-regent-theatre-and-the-bike-film-fest. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Lauren Hefferon presenting at an event
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