Last evening we put on Ride The Divide to a packed house of 533 enthusiastic cyclists/movie-goers at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis. What a fun night.
For me, it served as another reminder of what a great bicycle town Minneapolis is...towns really, as I should include the other half of the Twin Cities, St Paul as well. We have an uncanny ability to bring all sorts of cyclists from 'different' pursuits together.
Of course, a theater with most of the seats full doesn't make a film good. No worries there. I heartily endorse the film Ride The Divide. And I'm sure most of last night's audience would agree. It presents a delicate range of emotions and draws you into the lives of three racers, while also introducing the random cast of characters made up of those living along the route. Throw in spectacular scenery and a nice soundtrack to boot. Make sure you see Ride The Divide. You won't be disappointed. If you can, see it on the big screen so you can really soak in the big landscapes.
Special thanks go out to our Joe Meiser. Joe finished the 2009 Tour Divide race and was gracious enough to let us present his slideshow of the experience. It was a perfect warmup to the main event. Thank you Joe. It really added to the experience.
Special thanks also to Erik Mathy of One Gear, Once Cause who flew in for the event. We could only give Erik a few minutes to speak but he did a great job of quickly presenting his message that 'ordinary people can do extraordinary things and help make the world a better place'. Erik will be competing in the 2011 Tour Divide and you can follow his preparations on his website. He is also willing to help coach you if you have a passion and are interested in trying to help others. Contact him through his website.
And of course, thanks also to all who came out for the film last night. You helped raise just over $2300 for Erik's charity. Well done everyone. I hope you enjoyed the night.