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The 10th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival

Start off your springtime with two-wheeled adventures! Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival features 6 world premiere adventure films!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 – the first night of Spring!

Regent Theatre, Arlington, MA (buy tickets)

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Academy of Music, Northampton, MA (buy tickets)

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Pelham Picture House, Pelham, NY (tickets TBD)

Want to host your very own Bike Travel Film Festival  (hint, hint–its a blast), read on!

Adventure Cycling kids and man

*Photo provided by Adventure Cycling

About the Festival:

Do you like to be the first to see something exciting?  If so, wheel on over to the 10th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival this Spring: you can catch the world premiere of six different short films, and the USA premiere of two more!  The 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 and local charities.

From the frozen streams of the Himalayas to the sultry heat of Thailand, from a father and daughter sharing their first overnight outing to two Boomers finding love on an organized bike tour, there’s over a dozen films with something for everyone at this year’s festival.  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 is provided by Gold Sponsor Wheelworks.

The tour is in Arlington, MA, on March 20th; in Northampton, MA, on March 28th; and in Pelham, NY, on May 19th.  We also have shows on tap for Berkeley, CA, and Portland, ME, later in 2019.  The festivals start earlier in the year than usual: by starting on March 20th, we’ll be celebrating the first night of Spring and the unofficial beginning of the cycling season!

One highlighted World Premiere at the festival is Rocky Road Trip: A Himalayan Bike Adventure – it’s our first-ever film featuring teenage cyclists, on a monthlong family trip through some of the world’s most pristine scenery.  Viewers will enjoy the ups and downs of teens on the road without wifi!

Closer to home is the World Premiere of the film Not Quite Out of the Woods. It’s a story of a father and daughter overnight bike-packing trip in Western Massachusetts that celebrates adventure while detailing the family’s first year battling childhood leukemia. Eleanor’s smile and positive attitude proves that happiness is found in pushing limits and seeking new experiences.  As our best film submitted by a Massachusetts resident, this short film won the Bay State Prize.

One USA premiere of note is Riding Faith – The story of Roei Sadan.  American audiences may not be familiar with this extreme adventure athlete, but they will quickly get drawn into this film about his recovery from a life-threatening accident, and his return to cycling.  Despite its brevity (9 minutes) it packs an emotional punch and was chosen as the Grand Jury Prize winner for the event.

Locally notable is the quick and humorous film Making a Splash in Miami, by Greg Hum.  Local cyclists are familiar with Greg as one of the most visible members of the festive monthly Boston Bike Party events – he’s known for drumming while riding, and this film shows his drum-biking adventure in the Sunshine State!

In addition to the 16 fantastic short films on tap, Arlington’s festival features live music from Slow Boat Home, and also the famous Cookie Showcase – an all-cookie buffet featuring the best bakeries of Arlington and beyond.  Each 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 in Westchester County, NY, will feature a fundraising raffle with many great prizes, in support of Adventure Cycling Association, East Coast Greenway Alliance, and EcoPel–all entities that promote bicycle travel.

The Festival is a production of Ciclismo Classico, a community-minded Arlington company that has been a leader in active bicycle vacations since 1989.  Ciclismo Classico C.E.B. (Chief Executive Biker) Lauren Hefferon says, “Since our start 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.

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.

Want to host The Bike Travel Film Festival?

Do you have a bicycling cause you would like to raise money for? Are you a Bike Club program director seeking a great show for your Bike Club Audience? The Bike Travel Film Festival is an excellent, turn-key event that can easily raise money, awareness and guaranteed fun for audiences of all ages. One Longfellow Square, a small non-profit performing art and concert venue in Portland, Maine raised $3000 in one film festival showing.

We’ve already expanded our festival to Western Mass, the North Shore, NYC, Maine, and California and are seeking new hosts in communities with an active bicycling community. If you’d like to bring the Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival to your hometown, we can show you how.

To host our Festival, you should be able to:

Publicize the event to your community

We supply the press releases, photos and content about the festival, and you would get the word out, especially to the cycling community!

Find a theatre that will show the festival

The venue doesn’t have to be an “official” theatre – we have also seen the festival screened in a National Park Service Visitor Center, a small auditorium, a dinner club or at

Pay for any fees associated with the festival

Our fee of $250/$500 – the lower fee is if there is a charity beneficiary – and whatever theatre and miscellaneous fees are needed. With reasonable publicity and a venue with a capacity of 100+  festivals have repaid their fees and written a very generous check to their charity beneficiaries.

Interested? Please contact Festival Director Karin at Karin@tugboat23.com to hear more!

Satellite Locations

  • Portland, ME
  • Northampton, MA
  • Salem, MA
  • Pelham, NY
  • Berkeley, CA

Satellite Events

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Academy of Music, Northampton, MA
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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Pelham Picture House, Pelham, NY
Ticket sales coming soon!

Stay tuned for more dates and locations!

Lauren Hefferon presenting at an event
Film Festival cookies

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.

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.

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