The 11th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival

UPDATE: THANK YOU to everyone who enjoyed the 11th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival on Thursday, November 19.  People from all over the USA – even Alaska got together to enjoying the films and each other’s (virtual) company!

If you missed any of the films or want to watch some of the films again, you can catch the whole Festival through Sunday evening (November 22nd) at


Please consider a donation on behalf of the future of the Film Festival at Your support is greatly appreciated.  We already have some amazing films lined up for 2021!
Ciclismo Classico is thrilled to finally present the 11th Annual Bike Travel Film Festival WORLDWIDE on Thursday, November 19th, at 7:00 PM EST.


While the spread of 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.


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.  We’ll even share some cookie recipes to keep you in the spirit of our famous Cookie Showcase!


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.


Buy your tickets today and get ready to travel from Iowa to Scotland to Mt. Kilimanjaro without leaving home!


Stay safe and healthy, and we hope to “see” you on the 19th!


Note: All ticket-buyers for our postponed March show should have heard from the Regent about transferring their tickets.  Our shows in Keene, NH; Saratoga Springs, NY; Hayward, WI; Northampton, MA; and Portland, ME are postponed until further notice.


About the 2020 Festival:

The 11th 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.  Proceeds from the event benefit the Adventure Cycling Association.

You’ll enjoy 9 unique films from Africa to Alaska and everywhere in between, many of which will celebrate their USA or World premiere at our festival!  Featured films include:

  • Bike Across Italy (Ciclismo Classico, USA, 6 min) Come along for the ride on the original Ciclismo Classico adventure!  This iconic tour has been a calendar highlight ever since we began leading tours in 1989, and for good reason: the scenery, the food, the camaraderie, and the sense of accomplishment that comes from riding across an entire nation!
  • Grand Jury Prize Winner, Journey to West Africa (Bas Idsinga, Netherlands, 18 min)  Join Bas for a 6 month, 10,000 km long cycle journey from The Netherlands to Ivory Coast.  He passes through Europe and the Sahara Desert and amazing amounts of mud, but his good-natured attitude and cheerful storytelling remain intact through it all.
  • Riding Kibo (Haroon Habib, Pakistan, 15 min) A Pakistani woman is on the Africa’s highest mountain with her bicycle.  As she keeps her wheels moving to conquer the storms, calamities, and peaks, she is determined to become the first citizen of Pakistan to stand upon the “roof of Africa.”
  • Suilven: Escape the City and Explore (Alastair Humphreys, UK, 7 min) The summit of Suilven had been tempting British explorer Alastair Humhreys towards the Scottish Highlands for a while. So with filmmaker Tem, they headed off and this simple yet beautiful film is the result.  Alastair has a true love for bicycle adventures and this is the third time we’ve featured one of his films.
  • Following the Lieutenant: Buffalo Soldiers of the Bicycle Corps (Eric Westrom, Idaho, USA, 29 min) In 1897 Lt. James Moss and a group of African-American “Buffalo Soldiers” pioneered the use of the bicycle for the United States Army. This documentary follows their historic – and sadly forgotten – 1,900-mile journey from Fort Missoula, Montana to St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Ole (Rod Blackhurst, Tennessee, USA, 3 min) Ole Kassow decided years ago to live his life every day in a way that would make the world a better place, to do good, to help others – all in order to pass “the obituary test”. When asked what he meant by that, Ole explained, “What will they say about you and what you did when you’re gone?”
  • RAGBRAI-Bike Party Across Iowa (Ryan Van Duzer, Colorado, USA, 5 min) It’s a tour, it’s a party, it’s a chance to experience “Iowa Nice” for one hot week every summer.  There’s corn, there’s BBQ, and lots and lots of homemade pie.  Join Ryan as he eats and rides and slip ‘n’ slides his way through Iowa on the legendary RAGBRAI.
  • North Star Calling (Kelly Bryan and Tom Reitter, Washington, USA, 15 min) Bicycling across Western Canada and Alaska, you have to be ready for anything! Riding with no motor vehicle support for 2,700 miles (4,300 km) we pedal along with fourteen average, yet exceptional people from around the world on a definite “bucket list” journey tackling gravel roads through bear country. We may be hundreds of miles from a grocery store and a thousand miles from a bike shop, but we just keep going!
  • Bike to Bugs (Gretchen Leggitt, Washington, USA, 3 min) Bike to Bugs is a one-shot animation telling the journey of two women bikepacking across the Trans-Canada Trail to climb in Bugaboo Provincial Park. This animation is a continuous recording of one illustration that has been repeatedly erased and redrawn with zero post-production. The rapid pace and imperfections in this crude animation reflect the motivation, grit and perseverance to push on past the inevitable setbacks of any adventure.

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!  Ciclismo Classico, the longtime pioneer in creative bicycle vacations, is proud to present this one-of-a-kind event.  Additional support for the Festival is provided by Gold Sponsor Wheelworks.


2021 Film Festival Submissions

Submissions for the 2021 Festival are OPEN!  Our submission page can be found here:
Submitting a film is free.


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. Over the past 4 seasons we’ve learned more 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!

Adventure Cycling kids and man

*Photo provided by Adventure Cycling

Who can host a Festival?

Anyone who loves travel, bicycles, or both! So far we’ve had a wide array of hosts. We’ve had bike club leaders raising funds for their organization while providing a great activity for members (what a win-win!), bike shop owners, independent theatre owners, and occasionally people who just love bikes and travel – we have a high-level oncologist who hosts because he wants to work on something 100% joyful!

Where can my festival be?

Most festivals are hosted at local independent theatres – they are wonderful to work with, are an asset to their communities, and have the flexibility to offer non-corporate programming. But – we’ve also screened the festival at bike tours (on an outdoor screen), national park visitor centers, outdoor stores, college facilities, and a hospital auditorium. All that’s required is a high-quality DVD/BluRay projector and a sufficient sound system.

How much can I raise for my organization? How much does it cost to run the Festival?

What you raise for your organization is not just about ticket sales! You are welcome to get sponsorships from local businesses – this is a GREAT way to cover your costs and then some! – hold a raffle or silent auction at the event, or sell food or drink to attendees (check with your theatre host about this). Most groups who are reasonably well-connected can raise at least $1,000 for their charity in the first year. Our Portland, ME, partner raised almost $3,000 in their first screening! Plus, you are providing a memorable evening out that builds on its success in future years.

Ciclismo Classico charges a flat Operations Fee for satellite hosts, and then collects a small percentage of net ticket revenues. We have kept our Operations Fee intentionally low to keep the Festival to grassroots organizations.

In respect to our longtime nonprofit partner Adventure Cycling Association, we request that at least a token donation from the proceeds be made to them.

This all sounds great – but I’m a little nervous. How do you help me set up and market my festival?

Once you fill out the interest form, we’ll get in touch and answer any questions you have. Once we receive your deposit, we’ll add you to our calendar and you’ll receive our Marketing & Support toolkit for the Festival. This includes:

  • Our Operational Manual with our best practices, from working with sponsors to getting publicity and more
  • Poster and flyer templates
  • Sample sponsorship letter
  • Press release template
  • Event program text (includes capsule descriptions of each film)
  • Social media posts
  • Evaluation forms
  • 3 hi-res stills from included films
  • Day of event timeline and event script

Ready to begin? Contact the 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.

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

Stay tuned for more dates and locations!

Lauren Hefferon presenting at an event
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