We need volunteers! We are looking for people to be part of the festival by helping out with the following:
There will be a kick ass rock show on Thursday October 7th, an alleycat and roller races on Saturday October 9th, and afterparties following the screenings on Friday and Saturday. This is going to be an epic weekend.
More info and buy tickets to the festival at www.bicyclefilmfestival.com/seattle
Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
Kids and accompanying parents/volunteers should bring bike, helmet and water.
Saturday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Enter park through back gate, follow A-frame signs
Parking at LDS Church, 26529 SE Duthie Hill Road, Issaquah, 98029
Register with Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance.
9:30 a.m. Registration opens
10 a.m. Rides
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Barbeque
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Jump Jam
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Fat raffle
My family lived in Oakridge, OR when I was born. My first memory of riding a bike is when we lived there- riding up a hill with my dad and wanting to get off and walk. He just kept telling me “10 more feet, you’re almost there- don’t give up….” My dad was a millworker, and then the mill shut down. What used to be a logging town, is now a mecca for mountain biking- and IMBA is working on shaping Oakridge into one of it’s first “Ride Centers.” It’s been many years since I’ve returned to Oakridge, but this movie makes me want to return.
Pedal Driven documents the efforts behind building trails, with a focus on the Northwest. It has riding from in and around Seattle, not by big name pro riders, but by the people that are doing what they can to grow mountain biking as a sport and to increase trail building on public lands. Release date set for sometime in 2010.
Bands go on tour all the time. Usually playing gigs whenever they can- the road going by at a mile a minute- often the most memorable part of the drive from city to city is some odd cafe that had good bisquits and gravy or a truckstop that sells Michael Jackson decorated “tobacco grinders.”
Ben Sollee is doing it a little different. The tour is titled “Ditch the Van” and it is a self-supported music tour by bicycle. According to Ben, the tour aims to “re-humanize the pace of the road and hopefully find us more involved in the communities we’re traveling through.” He describes the tour route so far by saying “I’m riding with my cello and gear and the percussionist, Jordon Ellis, is hauling his full kit behind him. We started in San Diego on August 17th and, using some trains here and there, have made it out to Pennsylvania where we’ll complete a big loop through to DC. Then we head back to my homestate, Kentucky. We have a videographer traveling with us and he has been producing two videos a week while on the road and we’ve been keeping a blog as much as possible.”
They’ve experienced more than just the white line blurring as they drive all night. It’s the smell of the grass, the ocean, the strong headwinds on the coast of California, the ice cream shops in small towns, and the occasional aggressive driver…
According to Ben Sollee their blog is : “A journal of our music tours by bike. Here we document the places, people, communities and stories from our saddles and the stage.”