Stories of Struggle, Triumph and Determination During 3,000-Mile Bike Race
OCEANSIDE, CA (June 3, 2015) – The world’s toughest bicycle race is about to be seen on the big screen through the eyes of three racers and their quest to become Race Across America (RAAM) finishers. RAAM has become an international event drawing racers from around the globe. Cyclists from diverse backgrounds are attracted to RAAM for many reasons. Whether they are testing personal limits or raising money for worthy causes, the drama that is RAAM will have a profound impact on its participants. While it’s unusual for most cycling events to have a movie made about them, in any given year RAAM has several. And this year is no different with three films screening in mid-June.
Kicking off the weekend before RAAM will be The Ataxian about racer Kyle Bryant. The film by Kevin Schlanser and Zach Bennett will hold their world premiere at the Dances With Films Film festival in Hollywood. The story follows Bryant’s life and his battle with Ataxia, a neuromuscular disorder and his bike team as they compete in one of the most grueling bicycle races in the world.
Saturday – June 6 – 7:15 pm
TCL Chinese 6 Theatre
6925 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
Second, Hornsby Films’ new documentary “The Hammer” is about rookie cyclist and renowned adventure-racer Jason “The Hammer” Lane’s attempt to win RAAM in 2012. The film will screen for the first time in Oceanside before the start of RAAM.
When The Hammer gets hit, run over, and dragged by a car on day three of the race, the film takes a turn no one anticipated. The film quite literally brings the viewer into the driver’s seat of a RAAM support crew vehicle. It exposes the friendships, conflicts, perseverance and humility that come with a 3,000-mile transcontinental bicycle race and getting one man, on a bike, across the country safely in less than 10 days.
Sunday – June 14 – 8:00 pm
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Surfside Tap Room
507 N Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054
Lastly, RAAM racer Maria Parker and her non-profit, 3000 Miles to a Cure will present HOPE, a documentary film that tells the parallel stories of two sisters taking on the impossible. The battle of one sister with brain cancer and the other her battle across America in support of her sister.
Sunday – June 14 – 5:30 pm
Museum of Photographic Arts
1549 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
More About RAAM
RAAM and SOUL EVENTS are world leaders in the sport of endurance bicycle racing. The team is responsible for the Race Across America (RAAM), the world’s premier ultra-endurance bicycle race, a 3000-mile coast-to-coast race across the USA, as well as the Race Across the West (RAW), an 860-mile race across the Western US, the RAAM Cycling Challenge Series, and the 6-12-24 Hour Endurance Time Trail World Championships. In addition, they offer seminars on endurance bicycle racing and sanction endurance races worldwide.