If you are in or around the Hope Valley on Sat 8th Feb and want to see a heap of great adventure films - some about riding bikes - then the 5th Hope Valley Film Festival may be just what you're looking for.
A full day of adventure films and various other activities as well all to raise funds for the local school - this year the guest speaker for the evening session is Andy Cave.
The two main bike films this year are:
The Road from Karakcol which was the Best ‘Mountain Adventure Film’ at Kendal Mountain Festival 2013:
In Summer 2011, alpinist Kyle Dempster set out across Kyrgyzstan's back roads on his bike. His goal - to ride across the country via old Soviet roads while climbing as many of the regions impressive peaks as possible. He was alone. He carried only a minimal ration of climbing gear. Ten Kyrgyz words rounded out his vocabulary. Part meditation on true spirit of adventure and part epic travelogue, The Road from Karakol is the story of a unique spirit who pedalled the roads and and decided to keep going.
Love on a Bike - Runner up ‘Mountain Adventure Film’ at Kendal Mountain Festival 2013:
23-year-old Englishman Tom Allen is all set for a successful career, but he finds himself wondering; isn't there more to life than this? Leaving it all behind, Tom sets off on the ultimate quest for freedom. For the next 12,000 miles, without maps or guidebooks, Tom films the unfolding of his dream as he cycles across three continents. But the journey takes an unlikely detour when he falls in love with an Iranian-Armenian girl. Struggling to keep his dream alive, Tom convinces Tenny to get on a bicycle and join him. But when things don't go to plan, Tom is forced to continue riding alone. His decisions lead him to the Sahara desert, where he catches a glimpse of the answer he set out to find. Filmed over four years, Janapar - named after the Armenian word for journey - is an honest and life-affirming tale of finding what you're looking for when you least expect it.
Watch adventure films on Saturday, have some beer and food, get inspired, and ride on Sunday - what could be better!!