Take a Seat to Go Along for the Ride: Bicycle Film Festival

November 30, 2009


TYPICALLY, WHEN A CYCLIST hears “bike” and “December,” visions of Lycra leggings and wind-resistant gloves dance in their heads. As the temperature continues to drop, so do the number of two-wheeled outings. Sigh. What is a stir-crazy bike fiend to do?

Head over to the United States Navy Memorial Theater (701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW), that’s what.

This Saturday at 5 p.m., join other gearheads when the ninth annual cross-country tour of the Bicycle Film Festival (Bicyclefilmfestival.com) rolls into town. Twenty bucks gets you in to see all three programs of cycling-centric flicks: everything from the documentary “Road to Roubaix” — which follows the trials and tribulations of pro pedalers at the esteemed 160-mile Paris-Roubaix race — to a 10-minute short on zany inventors who mounted stereo systems on their BMX bikes (“Made in Queens“).

Can’t make it for five hours of film? Not to worry — there are $8 individual screening tix up for grabs, too. Just make sure you stick around until 10 p.m. Considering the festival’s after-party remains “to be determined,” it would be a pity to have your bicycling brethren pedal off in search of PBRs without you.

Photo courtesy Bicycle Film Festival

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