Review: Life Cycles and Scott Napier’s talk

Although I might be slightly biased writing this review, having organised the iRIDE series so far, but last night was a great inspiration again. I have ridden thousands of miles on two wheels already but after coming out the filmhouse there was much excitement building up for the next trip again. So let’s start with the film first, Life Cycles. If there is one film that perfectly crosses the boundaries between a documentary and a film that simply shows people riding bikes, this is it. It tells the story of bikes, but more than that tells the story of the lives of people that ride them. Ever wondered how a 70 year old farmer can be an inspiration for one of the best stunt riders in the world? Watch it! Shot in a magic way with loads of attention to detail, it is the first mountain bike film I have ever seen that blends it all together: seasons, riders, bikes and the stories they have. It’s hard to describe it with words, go and watch it yourself.

The second highlight of the evening was Scott Napier, looking completely different than in his pictures. His talk was an inspiring insight into his world record-breaking trip through the Americas, told by someone who plainly loves riding bikes, works a lot to save for trips and sometimes breaks records. I could very much understand the high and lows he was talking about and his pictures on the screen complemented the pictures he painted in our heads listening to his stories really well. With the right sense of humour he made something really hard look very easy, although his trip was far away from that. The most important thing though was  the inspiration Scott left after he finished (two people even wanted autogramms). Another magic night, now it’s time to write the bike again, the weather is just too nice to stay inside.

Posted by Markus, macrobert’s marketing manager and resident bike buff. Check our Markus’ blog here


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