Autumn is approaching, and while we’re not great fans of the nights drawing in and temperatures getting cooler, that means we have the Bicycle Film Festival to look forward to, with London hosting its tenth annual edition of the global event from 3-6 October.
Founded in New York City in 2001, the Bicycle Film Festival now takes in 25 cities around the world – Richmond, Virginia, Turkey's biggest city, Istanbul, and Helsinki in Finland all play host to it this month – and each year showcases it some of the best bike-related films out there.
Highlights of this year’s season at London’s Barbican Centre include:
Moonrider (directed by Daniel Dencik)
“An honest and heart breaking picture of extreme and lonely life of a young championship rider”
Ciclo (directed by Andrea Martinez Crowther)
“Two brothers retrace their cross-continental bike journey 56 years later in an exploration of memory, the cycle of life and the steady passage of time”
Janapar (directed by James Newton and Tom Allen)
“A true story filmed over four years in thirty-two countries by one man on a bicycle”
Besides those feature-length films, there is a programme of short films from around the world – Ryokou follows Australian track cyclist Shane Perkins on the Keirin circuit in Japan, while Soigneur sees one-time up-and-coming Dutch rider Simon van Beneden return to the location he crashed at two decades ago.
Other events include the Bicycle Film Festival’s second annual Cycling Symposium, held in partnership with Transport for London, which will take place on Friday 4 October and which addresses issues surrounding the future of cycling in the capital.
Besides that, the Festival also hosts its annual bike polo tournament on Sunday 6 October, and the previous day will be partnering with VeloJam, the female-only track day at South London’s Herne Hill Velodrome.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.