Cycle To The Cinema – the Peak District film night series for cycling fans – kicks off its summer programme with the British premiere of the mountain bike film unREAL followed by a trio of road cycling classics: Slaying the Badger; The King:Alf Engers; and Breaking Away.
Cycle To The Cinema Programme Director, Matt Heason said: “The concept is simple– we put on great films about cycling and other adventure sports across the Peak District and you cycle to them. It’s exercise, entertainment and a social event, all in one go. It’s brilliant that as many as 80% of the audience arrive on two wheels, but we do of course still let you in if you don’t come by bike.”
About the Films
unREAL premieres at Sheffield University’s Student Union at 8pm on Thursday 25th June (£8/£6 students) and will take you to a place beyond the real world. Forget the 9 to 5 desk job, sit back and watch the world’s best mountain bikers ride with horses, witness Tom Van Steenberg make the biggest front flip in MTB history, not to mention riding snow and ice, hitting record speeds on downhill drift tracks and a dramatic night shoot.
Slaying The Badger (Bamford Village Institute, Saturday 4th July, FREE) is an incomparably detailed and highly revealing tale of cycling’s most extraordinary rivalry and the greatest ever Tour de France in 1986 when previous five times winner Bernard Hinault allegedly reneged on his gentleman’s agreement to support Greg Le Monde’s bid for the yellow jersey.
The King:Alf Engers (Eccleshall Saw Mill, Sheffield, Tuesday 14th July, £6). An unfamiliar name to most of today’s riders, Alf Engers was the Bradley Wiggins of his day, bringing rock and roll attitude to the 1970s’ time-trial scene. Alf wanted to achieve something unique, and he spent a decade chasing the dream of the 30mph time-trial, a dream that became reality in 1978. The King sold out its premiere at The Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley so grab the chance to see it on the big screen in Sheffield. Only 45 tickets available.
Breaking Away (Eccleshall Saw Mill, Sheffield, Tuesday 4th August). A rare screening of the 1979 Peter Yates classic. American teenager Dave Stoller dreams of escaping his small-town roots, obsessed with the Italian cycling team.