Film screening Friday brings taste of epic bike race to Steamboat
June 7, 2012
Steamboat Springs — The memories — like the race itself — are good and bad, Steamboat Springs cyclist Katie Lindquist said. They are all powerful.
She last took part in the Race Across America, one of the most epic bicycle races, more than a decade ago, opting to drop out more than halfway across the United States, and a year after she'd completed the cross-country sprint with a partner on a tandem bike.
Even the description of the 3,000-mile trek isn't for the weak.
"We would ride 21 to 22 hours a day and try to sleep two hours," Lindquist said about her first ride. "Toward the end of the race, we went 48 hours without sleep trying to break a record."
The award-winning documentary "Bicycle Dreams" promises to give a taste of that race at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library.
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Doors open for the screening at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are available for $10 in advance at http://www.imathlete.com/events/bicycledreams or $12 cash at the door.
The event is a fundraiser for Routt County Riders.
"We're pretty lucky it's coming to Steamboat and it's making a stop," Routt County Riders Executive Director Shannon Casson said.
The Race Across America has stood as one of the premier endurance cycling events for three decades by challenging solo riders and cycling teams to race from one coast of the United States to the other. It's a race with cutoff times that must be met, not a ride with beer and tents.
The event was broadcast on network television in its early years, and while that's no longer the case, it still holds an allure for the toughest cyclists.
The "Bicycle Dreams" film made a 55-city tour of the nation. Several more stops were tacked on to the back end of that, including Steamboat Springs.
Viewers can expect to see all the pain and triumph Lindquist remembers.
"There's a lot of suffering going on in this film," promoter Garry Harrington said.
That doesn't come as any surprise to Lindquist, who said she's seen and enjoyed the film.
She wrapped up her brief Race Across America career more than a decade ago, but as she spoke about it, the memories flooded back as though it were yesterday.
"It's indescribable," she said. "Your emotions are all very raw, and there's a lot of weird issues. You can have extreme euphoria, but you're also fighting fatigue so badly you cry like a baby, and you can't hold your head up.
"I'm so glad I've done it because I never want to do it again. It was an important thing to me."
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