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.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.