A chance to celebrate the ways the bicycle contributes to people’s lives

Cyclescreen, Bristol’s first dedicated bike film festival, returns this August with an exciting programme of documentaries and talks from some of the leading filmmakers and authors from cycling culture.

Throughout the festival (20-23 August) there’ll be a chance to celebrate the ways the bicycle contributes to people’s lives and continues to establish itself in the hearts of the Great British public.

The festival will explore its evolution over the last century here in the UK and look at how Bristol and the South West has played its part in the story with the founding of the national cycle network.

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There will be a look back at the lives of two of the most inspiring women ever to take to two wheels and celebrate their remarkable achievements both on and off the bike - one became one the world’s foremost travel writers - the brilliant and fearless Dervla Murphy - and the other was the time trial sensation that was the magnificent Eileen Sheridan.

The festival will also relive some of the great dramas that the bike has provided us with through its rich history as a sport and explore how today’s filmmakers and authors are taking us closer into the sports history than ever before.

And organisers will be un-earthing the stories of how the bike has been used as a tool for adventure and creativity in the lives of normal everyday people.

Tickets range from £4.50 - £9.00 with day tickets available.

For more information about all the films on offer, click here.

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.