Adventure cycling documentary comes to the Chief Theater, Monday |

Adventure cycling documentary comes to the Chief Theater, Monday

On Monday, the "Inspired to Ride" adventure documentary will screen at the Chief Theater in Steamboat Springs, presenting the story about the inaugural TransAm Bike Race held in 2014.
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What: "Inspired to Ride" screening

When: 7 p.m. Monday, June 13

Where: Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.

— Early summer showers have subsided, temperatures are on the rise and dirt will soon begin to fly as mountain bikers and cycling enthusiasts flock to Steamboat Springs this week for annual Bike Week festivities.

Aside from the official event, there will be a screening of an adventure cycling documentary, “Inspired to Ride,” at 7 p.m. Monday at the Chief Theater.

“Routt County Riders and the Chief Theater are excited to present a gripping story of cyclists willing to test everything they have in an effort to ride, unsupported, across the continental U.S.,” said Alan Perkins, vice president of Routt County Riders, the organization sponsoring the screening. “This Mike Dion-directed ‘Inspired to Ride’ movie chronicles several riders on an epic journey. As the bicycle advocacy organization serving the greater Steamboat area, this event speaks to the power of bicycles and the people who ride them.”

The documentary details the inaugural Trans Am Bike Race that covered 4,233 miles in 10 states.

Tackling the TransAmerica Trail, which runs from the Pacific coast of Astoria, Oregon, to the Atlantic coast of Yorktown, Virginia, requires strategic planning and allows little sleep as the clock never stops running.

“You have to be pretty fluid and keep the camera at the ready, pretty much rolling constantly,” said Dion. “You can’t be like ‘Oh hey, can you stop and ride back up that hill?’”

After collecting close to 200 hours of footage, Dion and his crew needed eight months to complete the film.

“These men and women are doing 300 miles a day,” Dion said. “The athletes doing these events are mind blowing. But in watching the film, you realize these are real people, and hopefully, you can identify a little more with them.”

Garry Harrington, the documentary’s promoter, said he is always surprised by the turnout in Steamboat for such events.

“Steamboat loves these types of films,” Harrington said. “Cycling running, anything outdoors — you can pretty much expect Steamboat to step up.”

Based footage from the film, the Trans Am Bike Race is the ride of a lifetime. A wrong turn here or a tumble over the handlebars there have the potential to change the results of the race.

“I think through the power of editing there is enough story that everybody will see the film through their own unique filter or lens,” Dion said.

Tickets for the night’s screening are $12 in advance, available at or $15 at the door.

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