“Bicycle Dreams,” the award-winning feature-length documentary about the Race Across America, will premiere at the Varsity Theatre, 616 Second St. in Davis, at 7 p.m. Monday as part of the film’s ongoing nationwide winter tour.
The film “is an up-close look at what RAAM riders go through,” said Stephen Auerbach, the director and producer of “Bicycle Dreams.” “They deal with searing desert heat, agonizing mountain climbs, and endless stretches of open road. And they do it all while battling extreme exhaustion and sleep deprivation. It’s a great subject for a film.
“We are very excited to be able to bring ‘Bicycle Dreams’ to so many locations that have never had access to the film before,” Auerbach added. “Viewers will be overwhelmed by the amount of pain and suffering these riders go through.”
To capture the mammoth scope of the race, Auerbach worked around the clock with a complement of 18 cameras. Embedded camera operators traveled inside the racers’ support crew vehicles, gaining unprecedented access to the cyclists and their teams.
Their footage captured emotional and physical breakdowns, late-night strategy sessions, and great moments of personal triumph, all in intimate detail. Auerbach then took on the enormous task of editing hundreds of hours of material and forming it into a powerful and inspiring look inside the most difficult race on the planet.
“Bicycle Dreams” won awards at the Fallbrook and Breckenridge film festivals, as well as the Yosemite, Grand Rapids, Red Rock and All Sports Los Angeles film festivals, among many others.
Most recently the film added the Best Foreign Film trophy from the Krasnogorski International Festival of Sports Films in Moscow and also was invited to be included in the World Cinema Showcase in New Zealand as well as the Mountain Film Festival in Istanbul, Turkey.
Before that, it made its Australian debut at the Big Pond Film Festival in Adelaide.
“Bicycle Dreams” also has been named one of the top 10 adventure films of all time by both The Matador Network and Playground Magazine, calling it the best bicycle film since “Breaking Away.”
Tickets are $11 in advance and $15 at the door the night of the show. To purchase advance tickets, order online at www.imathlete.com/events/bicycledreams.