13 July 2010

BicyclingHub.com Proudly Sponsors “Chasing Legends” Film Screening July 22nd

“There’s no other sporting event on an annual basis that matches up to the Tour de France as an achievement.”--Phil Liggett

“I think suffering in cycling is basically the key to success.”--Rolf Aldag, professional cyclist

What makes cyclists pursue an event as challenging, as glorious, as treacherous and potentially dangerous as a three week stage race covering 3,642 kilometers in 21 stages across France and its European neighbors? With the Pyrenees and Alps jutting upward against the sky, presenting lung-bursting and leg-searing climbs to all those who attempt to summit; where skin-grafting and bone-crushing crashes are expected; and when and (quite literally) every second counts in a professional cyclist’s attempt to make history—or, at least, survive until they cross the finish line? And what keeps fans hooked to their televisions (or standing on small cobblestone steets or narrow mountain passes in Europe) for hours, desperate for more?

That’s what the independent film producers at Gripped Films sought to find out as they followed the HTC-Columbia Team through the 2009 Tour De France as they battle against teams such as Cervelo Test Team, Astana, and Saxo Bank. Gripped Films promises cycling fans a deeply personal and previously unseen glimpse into the world of professional cyclists during the world’s most elite bike race, with narration, commentary and interviews by current and past legends including Eddy Merckx, Phil Liggett, Paul Sherwen, Jens Voigt, Lance Armstrong, George Hincapie, Mark Cavendish and many others.

“It’s so hard and so demanding. It’s the pinnacle of the sport.”--George Hincapie

From the press release: “Chasing Legends highlights the greatest heroes in professional cycling with a dramatic show of teamwork and panache from Team HTC-Columbia through the 2009 Tour de France. The film takes viewers on an absolutely epic ride into the race action. Using a multitude of high tech, high def cameras mounted on bikes, motorcycles, helicopters and team cars, Gripped Films will also include historical race footage, artistic travelogue of the European countryside and villages with narration from the voice of cycling for the USA, Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen.”

BicyclingHub.com and Pedal Nation encourage all cycling fans to experience the passion, the pain and triumph of the Tour de France by joining us for a special airing of the film on Thursday, July 22nd at the Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., Portland, Oregon. Tickets are $10 each and can be pre-ordered online. Doors open at 6:30pm; film showing begins promptly at 7:00 P.M. We encourage you to come early and increase your chances to win great door prizes and bike schwag courtesy of BicyclingHub.com!

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