iRIDE: Pedal Driven and more delights on the big screen, not only for lovers of two wheels

Pedal DriveniRIDE has been going for a while at macrobert, and we have some good movies heading towards Stirling in the next months. The first one will be at macrobert’s filmhouse this Wednesday 19 October at 7.30pm. If you are a keen mountain biker like me, or even a freerider (I am not there yet), you might know the ongoing argument about who owns the forest. Pedal Driven is a bikumentary that digs deeper into the issue, following freeriders in Washington always on the lookout for rangers threatening their trails. The film will give a good insight into both sides and their arguments and take you behind this confrontation, trying to offer a solution how opposing fractions can find common ground in the defence of the beauty of hills and forests. Knowing from experience how difficult that or any consensus can be when it comes to mountain biking, I am interested in the answers the film might have, as the trailer ends with a pretty bold statement: more than a movie, a movement. I am keen to find out myself, and the take the mountain bike out for a ride! Read more of this post

Scottish Legends – iRIDE brings you some great films on two wheels

It’s been a while since our last iRIDE event Hell on Wheels, which truly inspired me to get back to get some miles in the legs on the road bike, with recently cycling 424km in one day from Edinburgh to Flodigarry on the Isle of Skye. The two upcoming films will inspire you, whatever bike you ride, to get out in this beautiful country. Filmed in Scotland, Home & Find capture the beauty and diversity of places like the Isle of Skye, Torridon and Lochaber, combined with some of the most skilled riders in the world : Danny MacAskill, Steve Peat, Hans Rey & Ruaridh Cunningham, just to name a few.

And we have more exciting things coming up soon, as I just hold a fresh copy of our cinema brochure in my hands. On 23 July we will have a very special screening of The Flying Scotsman and a panel discussion in our mainhouse, as part of the London Opening Weekend 2012. And with Klunkerz we bring you the history of the mountain bike on screen, featuring industry heavyweights like Gary Fisher, who was part of a group of cyclists that turned the bicycle world upside down. For all people that would rather be outdoors this time of the year, Going Carbon Neutral Stirling is hosting a Big Bike Fun Day on the 31st July 2011 on our doorstep, so mark the date for that as well, you are invited to get refreshments from our lovely bar. For more information please see www.cyclestirling.org.uk

And when we send our new season brochure to the printer in July, I will be heading off on another trip to cycle from Land’s End to John o’Groats on a singlespeed in six days, taking pictures of our brochure in the various parts of Britain I cross. More soon here!

Keep on riding,

Markus

Another interesting event for cyclists

Markus IrideiRIDE will be back at macrobert’s filmhouse on Wednesday 1 June at 7.30pm, and this time we are putting our focus on skinny tires. You might remember me from the first iRIDE event, talking about the experience to cycle in the middle of winter from Scotland‘s capital Edinburgh to my parent’s home in Germany, all in time for Christmas in 14 days. I did a talk on the adventure for the first iRIDE event, and it’s a pleasure to be back this again. I was inspired by the people who came to the first talk and traveled to Germany to talk about my experience in several places as well, including Ilmenau, the place where I studied for more than 6 years, where I had a full house. I loved the talks and the people who were fascinated by the story, so I came up with another idea: to take my road bike and repeat the journey back to Germany, but this time in a much shorter time frame and without anything that would slow me down. And on another route, as cycling the same roads twice is boring, even in different seasons. Indeed the idea for this trip was born right after the winter trip already, but unfortunately I decided to crash my bike on the West Highland Way not so long ago, which resulted in a very sore knee and a couple of weeks off the saddle. But with a family get-together planned for the end of May already, I had no other chance than to get fit and cycle down south again. It is a funny coincidence, but what I got myself into felt like the ‘Hell on Wheels’ sometimes, with torrential rain on day 3 cycling to Hamburg, and 2 broken tires and 4 punctured tubes as the result of cycling though one of Germany’s biggest cities. There have been good and bad times, but I ended up with almost 1000 miles in the end, and most of all, I had a great experience. Doing all that to raise funds for two charities that help African people to get on their bikes is a nice thing to do, and you are more than welcome to watch ‘Hell on Wheels’ tomorrow and come to the talk afterwards. I decided to do a free talk, but I would appreciate donations for the charities, you can find out more here. For all info on iRIDE and to subscribe to our mailing list for the events please go to www.macrobert.org/iride, tickets for the film are only £6, a bargain for one of the best documentaries about the Tour de France. And have a look at my blog and my pictures in the mean time, I am hoping to see you at macrobert tomorrow.

Cheers,

Markus

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