Bike film night returns to Timaru

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Icy adventures . . . From the mountains to the heartlands of Africa, the upcoming Big Bike Film Night covers a variety of styles and locations in praise of the humble bicycle. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by Greta Yeoman

It will be third time lucky for cycling film enthusiasts when the Big Bike Film Night returns to Timaru next month.

The national touring cycle film series will screen in Timaru on May 12, the third time the tour has been held in the town since 2017.

The treasure chest of bicycle-based cinema includes mountain-based cycling adventures, “water-skiing” on a bike, a pair of mountain bikers travelling horse trails of Africa and a profile of an Amsterdam-based woman who runs a bicycle training programme for migrant and refugee women.

Other films follow a fixie rider who commits a crime of passion and a New Zealander with a two-wheel love story, while another profiles five friends with disabilities who attempted a world-first – cycling 2150km in a human-powered ride from Kati Thanda (Lake Eyre) to Mount Kosciuszko in Australia.

The May 12 event will be held at Movie Max Timaru at 6pm.

The Big Bike Film Night aims to bring the best bike-based cinema to film and bike fans around the country.

Whether it is road cycling, fixed-gear, mountain-biking, downhill, BMX, unicycling, cargo bikes, bike-touring, bike-trekking, commuter-pedallers, cruiser, cycle-cross, penny-farthings, tricycles or tandem cycles, all forms of the humble bicycle are celebrated.

For more details on the Big Bike Film Night, visit www.bigbikefilmnight.nz.