Race Across the Sky
Monday, February 22, 2010
Join the Connecticut Challenge as it hosts "Race Across the Sky, featuring Lance Armstrong, Friday night at the Community Theater. This extraordinary film will be in Fairfield for this one night only.
The film documents the tortuous 2009 Leadville Trail 100 bike race in Leadville, Colorado and showcases the exciting rematch between Lance Armstrong and five time Leadville champ, Dave Wiens.
Moviegoers can watch the film trailer and purchase tickets online at bike.ctchallenge.org All proceeds from the event support the Connecticut Challenge. After the movie enjoy a free reception and Q&A with racers from the Leadville 100.
Friday, February 26 at 7:30pm
This event is sponsored by: BMW of Bridgeport, People's Bank, The Brick Walk, The Community Theater Foundation, the Sound Cyclists bicycle club, 95.9 The FOX and SuzySaid.com.
About Race Across the Sky
At 10,000+ feet, against the misty backdrop of a former mining town, Leadville, Colorado, 1228 cyclists line the starting line. For many, it will be the most difficult race of their lives. For some, a bragging right to say they raced alongside the best in the world. Some imagine victory. Most hope only to finish.
The race that started 25 years ago as a running race to drive tourism in Leadville now hosts many of the world's most elite cyclists. But the Leadville Trail 100 "Race Across the Sky" Mountain Bike Race is not just a race of man against man: it's man vs. man, man vs. self, man vs. elements, man vs. time. A clock set for 12 grueling hour's slugs through 100 miles, over 14,000 vertical feet of climbing, some two miles above sea level, through extreme climate changes ranging from heat to hail, from rain to snow. To the racers, the risks of injury, fatigue and mechanical failure pale next to the chance that they will fall behind the 12 hour cut off mark and be eliminated.
Rivalries include six-time defending Leadville champion Dave Wiens vs. seven-time Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong. Inspirational stories of human triumph include a Leadville woman rider who was critically injured by a car while training for last year's race, another who suffers from multiple sclerosis, and a 45 year old rider who has raced all 15 years.
Whether they're international stars of the sport or everyday folks with the will to finish a race whose difficulty is on par with the Ironman, the grit to push to their own physical and emotional limits strikes an elegant symmetry between racer and environment and a struggling former mining town whose very existence now relies on the tourism generated by this race.
Race Across the Sky
Fairfield Community Theatre
1424 Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824