I’ll be headed to Las Vegas for Interbike next week, and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s going to be overwhelming I’m sure, but I’m looking forward to meeting the people that have supported our races in the paast, and hoping get to know more folks in the industry (maybe getting a job in the process?)
Anyway, if my legs can hang with it, this looks like a killer race. And it’s near my hotel.
For the whole Emerald Sprints thing, “Spin it to win it” has been my mantra.
It’s officially cross season. This weekend head out to Marymoor for FSA’s twilight cross race.
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The Bicycle Film Festival just swept through Seattle in it’s first visit here, and was a great success. The diversity of those that attended speaks volumes as to the diversity of Seattle’s bicycle community. Commuters, messengers, racers, randonneurs, bmx riders, polo players, bicycle historians, and weekend warriors came out to share in movies made from these camps, as well as others. It was really great to see all the people there, and the valet bike racks were full of 75+ bikes most of the time.
Friday Night brought the much anticipated Seattle premiere of “Where are you go”, and all that attended left with a strong feeling to, as one moviegoer put it-
“Do something epic.”
After Friday’s programs, the crowd picked up their bikes from the valet bike parking attendants (Thanks to Cascade Bicycle Club for supplying the bike parking racks), went to Flowers and packed the house to take part in Goldsprints. Many people hadn’t seen this bar room roller coaster, and once we got the wheels rolling people that were hesitant before had grins from ear to ear, and signed up to spin their legs faster than they’ve gone before. $3 42BELOW vodka specials kept people refreshed, and the shouting from the crowd kept their legs spinning fast.
Saturday was packed with movies, the first program starting at 1pm (a repeat of “Where are you go”), and finishing up at 11pm. The “Urban Bike Shorts” program consists of 14 short films, and encompasses more of the gritty films of the festival. Films that had people on the edge of their seats watching an alley cat race, or laughing at news reporters, or bobbing their heads to the sounds of the “Scraper Bike King”. The BFF team alley cat wore out the racers, not only because it was a race of over 30 miles, but the weather was quite warm… maybe a little too warm. The winning team walked away with $100, so they were well rewarded for their efforts. After the movies, we went back to Flowers for more party time, where we closed the bar with some good music, and made some good memories.
Also a big thank you goes to the volunteers that helped make the BFF go well. Many volunteers are needed for an event like the BFF. Ticket takers, the box office, the merchandise table, alley cat checkpoints, A/V techs, BFF promotion/street team, and valet bike parking (9 years, and never a bike stolen!) The BFF is largely volunteer run, and through the help and support of the local cycling community, it will continue to bring this broad range of movies to cities around the world. It’s through the efforts of these folks that events like the BFF run smoothly, and next year, we’ll be doing it all again.
Thanks to Chris, and Ortlieb USA for taking care of the volunteers as well. I hope you liked Road to Roubaix Chris!
If you have any photos of the Film Festival, please put keywords such as “BFF Seattle”, and post a link in the comments section. Thanks!
9/11 Sprints Results
- Pavel C 23.443
- Patrick M 24.799
- Kevin K. 25.756
- Ali M 30.779
- Monica G 32.021
9/12 BFF Race results:
- Daniel V and Ponch
- Tall Bryan and Felix
- Pavel and Kevin K
He’s at it again, this time on his morning commute to the office.
One more event to add on to the weekend. This may be the fullest weekend of the summer for bike events! Check it out. It’s a benefit for the Bikery!
I saw it on Bike Juju
I saw this movie a couple years after it came out. I hadn’t heard anything more of it, till I saw this clip. It’s based on the movie “Bicycle Thief”, with poorer acting and swear words. If you can find it, check it out. This one’s sad too.
As you well know, the Bicycle Film Festival will be making it’s first visit to Seattle in the festival’s 9 years of good times.
There are some fantastic films, from 11 countries around the world. Focusing on a range of topics, the common theme, of course, is the bicycle. There is something for everyone’s tastes at this festival, whether it be bmx, road, track, or well done independent film. Come support the Seattle cycling community, and enjoy some of the best cycling movies worldwide!
A few of the features include
Where are you go:
I love my bicycle- The story of FBM Bicycle Company:
The Six Day Bicycle Races:
Road to Roubaix:
There are also going to be lots of short films as well. Check it out, here is the program layout:
Friday September 11
Program 1 7pm: WHERE ARE YOU GO PREMIERE
- MADE IN QUEENS
- WHERE ARE YOU GO
Program 2 9pm: FUN BIKE SHORTS
- KIEST PARK
- BIKE RIDE
- THE BICYCLE: BERYL THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD
- THERE’S A FLOWER IN MY PEDAL
- A BICYCLE TRIP
- BAREND JAM
- WHAT’S A GIRL TO DO?
- SOME THINGS RIDE A BICYCLE
- SKI BOYS
- LUCAS BRUNELLE’S GREATEST HITS
- LE DERNIER VOYAGE OF MARYSE DE LUCAS
After the films on Friday, come over to Flowers Bar for Roller Racing, drink specials, and good times. Flowers Bar: 4247 University Way NE
Saturday September 12
Program 3 1pm: WHERE ARE YOU GO (rescreening of programs #1)
- MADE IN QUEENS
- WHERE ARE YOU GO
Program 4 3pm: THE SIX DAY BICYCLE RACES
- STANDING START
- PARIS VISION
- THE SIX-DAY BICYCLE RACES
Program 5 5pm: ROAD TO ROUBAIX
- RED HOOK CRITERIUM
- MILLAR’S TALE
- ROAD TO ROUBAIX
Program 6 7pm: I LOVE MY BICYCLE: THE STORY OF FBM BIKES
- I’M GOOD ON THAT ONE
- TRAIN TRIP
- I LOVE MY BICYCLE: THE STORY OF FBM BIKES
Program 6 9pm: URBAN BIKE SHORTS
- ONE LESS HORSE
- BIKE THIEF
- ON TIME
- SAFARI LONDON
- MADE IN QUEENS
- AN APOLOGY
- PIXEL GEAR BIKES!! RIDE SAFE, RIDE FAST, RIDE FREE
- WAFFLE BIKE
- BELLE EPOCH
- THE SCRAPER BIKE KING
- BROADWAY BOMBER/ BRIDGE BATTLE
- ANIMA D’ACCIAIO
To wrap up the festival, come back to Flowers for an after party and to get down with all your new found friends! 21+. Free entry. 42BELOW Drink Specials. Awesomeness will ensue.
Hopefully these ladies will be back up north for the Film Fest later in the day. Until then, they’ll be on this ride. I love seeing all the rides- keep it up!