“Pedal-Driven: A Bike-Umentary”Media contact: Garry Harrington
“Pedal-Driven” is designed to advance this discussion as to where mountain biking belongs in the American landscape. The film expertly explores these long-standing conflicts between riders and the federal agencies charged with managing our public lands, as this exploding sport makes its way out of the woods and into the public eye.
“Our primary theme here revolves around sustainability,” said writer/director Jamie Howell of Howell at the Moon Productions. “Mountain biking is exploding around the world. We will have to find new, cooperative approaches that both allow it as a legitimate use and manage it in a way that prevents the destruction of our precious and limited natural spaces.”
The central story line of the film takes place in the small Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth, Washington, but shooting for the documentary occurred over an 18-month period in every Western state, including Colorado, and in Canada. “We searched far and wide to find powerful examples of solutions to these issues that are actually in place and working right now,” said executive producer Jeff Ostenson.
But “Pedal-Driven” is much more than a bike movie. It is a film about every American’s right to the lands that belong to all of us. The hope is to inspire and engage Americans in a dialogue about where mountain biking and other sports belong on the national landscape.
“Pedal-Driven” was created as a non-profit project in affiliation with the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and with the cooperation of the U.S. Forest Service. All net profits generated by the documentary are earmarked for future sustainable trail-building projects.
One of those projects is Medicine Wheel’s “Lake Moraine-Missing Link Trail” connector on the South Slope of Pikes Peak. The Missing Link Trail is a five-mile segment that will connect the Barr Trail on Pikes Peak to Jones Park and Cheyenne Canon, an area that has been closed to recreationists for more than 100 years. Proceeds from the “Pedal-Driven” screening will help fund this project. For more information on the Missing Link Trail, go to www.medwheel.org.
Tickets for “Pedal-Driven” are $9 in advance at www.imathlete.com/events/pedaldriven. Tickets will be $12 at the door the night of the show. Stargazers Theatre is located at 10 South Parkside Drive at Pikes Peak Avenue. For information about the film or to view the trailer, go to www.pedaldriven.org.
Media contact: Garry Harrington, Colorado Springs, 603-209-5010 firstname.lastname@example.org