Trailer for Trans Am Bike Race film — “Inspired to Ride”

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You might remember that last summer some 45 bicyclists took off from Oregon for the first-ever self-contained cross-country bicycle race — The Trans Am Bike Race. No drafting. No sag wagons. No support teams.

Inspired to Ride Teaser Trailer from Mike Dion on Vimeo.

Fortunately, a team of filmmakers followed some of them. Here’s a just-released trailer of their film, entitled “Inspired to Ride,” based on the race.

Co-producers Mike Dion and Hunter Weeks had previously accompanied riders on the grueling Tour Divide mountain bike race and created the celebrated film, “Ride the Divide.” They knew the Trans Am Bike Race cyclists would have a good story to tell as they battled the terrain, the weather and their own demons for 4,200 miles across the US.

If you like what you see, you’ll be happy to know that premieres are scheduled next month in Golden and Colorado Springs, Colo., Salt Lake City, Utah, Boise, Idaho, and Bend and Portland, Ore. Dates and locations are listed below. In addition, a special screening is scheduled for Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and more are sure to follow.

The film will be offered for sale later this summer at the Inspired to Ride store. In the meantime, you can fill out a form at the website to encourage theater-owners or clubs to host a showing.

Trans Am Bike Race 2015

Also, it appears that the Trans Am Bike Race might be a regular thing. After its successful inaugural run in 2014, cross country bicyclists are invited to show up for the 5 a.m., June 6, 2015, start in Astoria, Ore., again this year. Check out the rules at the website.

The race follows the Trans America Bicycle Route, created by Adventure Cycling Association.

Inspired to Ride Premieres (visit the website to find tickets and more info)

April 11 – 1 p.m. at American Mountaineering Museum, Golden, CO

April 14 – 7 p.m. at Stargazers Theater and Event Center, Colorado Springs, CO

April 15 – 7 p.m. at Brewvies Cinema Pub, Salt Lake City, UT

April 16 – 7 p.m. at The Flicks, Boise, ID

April 17 – 9 p.m. at McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Bend, OR

April 18 – 7 p.m. at McMenamins Mission Theater, Portland, OR


April 29 – 7:30 p.m. Saratoga Springs, NY, viewing party

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