By Julie Pendray
IDYLLWILD, Calif. — Endurance cyclists and movie fans are invited to a screening of a new documentary, “Inspired to Ride,” on Saturday night. The movie follows several participants in the inaugural TransAm Bike Race from Oregon to Virginia in 2014. Along the way, 45 cyclists from around the world pass through stunning scenery in 10 states, riding 4,223 miles.
“Inspired to Ride” will show outdoors at Idyology restaurant after sunset, at about 6 p.m.
This is the latest release from the producers of “Ride the Divide” which was about the Tour Divide race. That movie features Idyllwild cyclist Mary Metcalf-Collier’s historic race in 2008 in which she became the first woman to complete a course from Banff, Canada to the Mexican border along the Continental Divide.
Mary and husband Brendan Collier, also an endurance cyclist, co-own Hub Cyclery, a bicycle sales and service store in Idyllwild. The couple founded an annual mountain bike race — Stagecoach 400 — from Idyllwild to San Diego and back, a route of about 400 miles. The course is considered a training event for the Continental Divide.
The Colliers will present the screening of “Inspired to Ride” at Idyology.
The documentary is produced by Hunter Weeks, Kia Kiso and Mike Dion. Dion was director. This is one of several inspiring documentaries he has produced. In a previous interview for SpecialsNotOnTheMenu.com he said he enjoys inspiring people to go beyond their comfort zone and get out into the great outdoors. In a post on Facebook during the “Inspired to Ride” release, he told his followers, “I can’t wait to see pictures of you doing this sort of thing.”
The race began at Astoria, OR and ended in Yorktown, VA. Cyclists raced day and night, riding solo, enduring “agonizing climbs in the Rockies, driving winds in the Great Plains and sawtooth switchbacks in the Appalachians all for a pat on the back, potential bragging rights and a cold beer when it’s all over,” according to the producers. “Some are out to make history and set records, while others are simply trying to finish.”
“Four cinematographers, cameras flying in the sky and GoPros galore will give the audience an incredibly immersive experience while these cyclists speed along the TransAm Trail revealing its varied landscapes, intriguing locals and captivating stories which dot this path of discovery,” according to Dion.
Idyology restaurant owner Windean Dahleen has a special interest in the “Inspired to Ride” screening. Growing up in Idyllwild, Dahleen became a mountain biker herself, doing three 24-hour “adrenaline races” including relays and cross-country. One was in Monterey and two were at Hurkey Creek near Lake Hemet, she said. She has also been a “Super D” downhill racer. Dahleen said the “Inspired to Ride” screening fits perfectly with her vision for her restaurant.
“Idyology represents the community consciousness,” she said. “It’s everyone’s place. The community wants it. I didn’t do this on my own. It isn’t mine per se,” she said on the eve of the restaurant’s first anniversary last week.
“Inspired to Ride” will be shown on the lower patio beside Strawberry Creek. The screening is free, though donations are welcome for Idyllwild School PTA smARTS project. Guests can enjoy dinner and drinks while viewing.
Weather on Saturday night is expected to be mostly clear, with an overnight low of 45 degrees, according to the National Weather Service, so dress warmly. The restaurant has blankets and an interior fireplace.
Idyology is at 54905 North Circle Drive. For more information, contact them at (951) 659-5962.
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