Mars Hill College Cycling in conjunction with Citizen Pictures will show the epic documentary “Race Across the Sky” as a fundraising event for the team. This is your chance to see this visually stunning film on the big screen before the DVD release. The film was released very briefly on the big screen in large cities but never made it to Asheville.
Following RATS, we will show “A Ride with George Hincapie” to complete this double feature highlighting two of the USA’s most respected cyclists. Presented in conjunction with Plan A Films and Hincapie Sports. The film was directed by Chusy Jardine, the award winning director, whose film “Anywhere, USA” (based on and filmed in Asheville) won a prestigious Sundance award.
The event will be hosted by Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co. on Thursday, March 11th.
Tickets: $10 donation at the door. Ticket sales will start at 8:30pm, show at 9:30pm. Get there early as we expect to sell out the 150 seat theater.
Our silent auction this year will again feature gear, goodies, and gifts from local businesses. Items listed below.
For those unfamiliar with the Leadville 100, here’s what it’s all about:
At 10,000+ feet, against the misty backdrop of a former mining town, Leadville, Colorado, 1228 cyclists line the starting line. For many, it will be the most difficult race of their lives. For some, a bragging right to say they raced alongside the best in the world. Some imagine victory. Most hope only to finish. But everyone will count.
The race that started 25 years ago as a running race to drive tourism in Leadville has now grown to a lottery cap of 1000+ competitors, many of them the world’s most elite cyclists. But the Leadville Trail 100 “Race Across the Sky” Mountain Bike Race is not just a race of man against man: it’s man vs. man, man vs. self, man vs. elements, man vs. time. A clock set for 12 grueling hours slugs through 100 miles, over 14,000 vertical feet of climbing, some two miles above sea level, through extreme climate changes ranging from heat to hail, from rain to snow. To the racers, the risks of injury, fatigue and mechanical failure pale next to the chance that they will fall behind the 12 hour cut off mark and be eliminated.
Rivalries include six-time defending champion Dave Wiens vs. international star / seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. Inspirational stories of human triumph include a Leadville woman rider who was critically injured by a car while training for last year’s race, another who suffers from multiple sclerosis, and 45+ rider who has raced all 15 years.
Whether they’re international stars of the sport or everyday folks with the will to finish a race whose difficulty is on par with the Ironman, the grit to push to their own physical and emotional limits strikes an elegant symmetry between racer and environment and a struggling former mining town whose very existence now relies on the tourism generated by this race.
And here is the scoop on “A Ride With George Hincapie”:
Spanning his early years as a junior to the disappointment of 2009 Roubaix, this unadorned everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-the-guy portrait puts a microscope on the silent man of cycling, George Hincapie. Ride along with George as he shares his joys and inspirations, his fears and frustrations, his anger (or lack thereof), his hopes and dreams, his strengths and weaknesses, and his plans for the future as he gives us a unique peak into his private world. A Ride with George Hincapie is a feature-length film that provides an unprecedented look at the man behind the athlete.
SILENT AUCTION ITEMS:
4 autographed DVDs by George, “A Ride with George Hincapie.”
2 Mars Hill College “Green Team” Jerseys, 2010
1 Mars Hill College Team Kit from 2009, size men’s L
Gift Basket from The French Broad Food Coop
HydraPak from Hearn’s Cycling and Fitness
Box of Raw Revolution Energy Bars
T-shirt and Water Bottle from Bio-Wheels Bike Shop
$50 gift certificate to Youngblood Bicycles
A Bontrager Floor Pump from Liberty Bicycles
$25 Gift Certificate and Water Bottle from Ski Country Sports
$25 Gift Certificate from Rosetta’s Kitchen
Bike Lock and F/R Lights from Pro Bikes
2 pair Cycling Shorts and a Beanie from Carolina Fatz
4 $25 Gift Certificates from NEO Burrito
Lighweight camping hammock from Second Gear
And more… Thanks to those who donated thus far!
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