Last year’s Race Across the Sky was a great mountain bike movie that seemed to have it all: star power (Lance Armstrong), an epic clash between an outsider and a local hero (Armstrong and Dave Wiens), and a beautiful and harsh natural backdrop (Colorado, 10,000 feet above sea level). To top it all off the movie was shown in movie theaters across the country to sold out crowds of mountain bikers. Rock on!
Despite having such a tough act to follow, the Citizen Pictures folks decided to make a movie about this year’s race. Armstrong has been replaced by his slightly-lesser-known teammate Levi Leipheimer while Dave Wiens, still a local hero and an amazing rider, no longer has a winning streak to defend. Of course the incredible scenery is back for 2010 and course records were set on both the men’s and women’s sides but it’s not obvious where the drama will come from, especially since the results have been known for months now. The website alludes to personal challenges faced by “citizen riders” but that almost sounds like a remake of “Spirit of the Marathon” which wasn’t that great.
In any event, Race Across the Sky 2010 will be shown in theaters November 4 with an encore scheduled for November 9. Tickets go on sale October 1 but IMBA members have the chance to purchase tickets now before the general release. Trailer is embedded above.