Bicycle Dreams, the award-winning feature-length documentary about the Race Across America (RAAM), will premiere in Wausau at the Marcus Cedar Creek Cinema in nearby Rothschild on Wednesday, January 18 at 7 p.m. as part of the film’s ongoing nationwide winter tour. The screening is presented as a benefit for the Wausau Wheelers Bicycle Club.
The film, which has won numerous awards at film festivals all over the world, “is an up-close look at what RAAM riders go through,” says Stephen Auerbach, the director and producer of Bicycle Dreams. “They deal with searing desert heat, agonizing mountain climbs, and endless stretches of open road. And they do it all while battling extreme exhaustion and sleep deprivation. It’s a great subject for a film.”
The film also has a local connection. Wausau native Paul Danhaus has competed in RAAM multiple times and was the winner amateur rider for is age class in 2009. Following the film, Danhaus will talk about his experiences competing in this amazing race.
“We are very excited to be able to bring Bicycle Dreams to so many locations along the route that have never had access to the film before,” says Auerbach. “Viewers will be overwhelmed by the amount of pain and suffering these riders go through.”
According to the Bicycle Dreams website:
To capture the mammoth scope of the race, Auerbach worked around the clock with a complement of 18 cameras. Embedded camera operators traveled inside the racers’ support crew vehicles, gaining unprecedented access to the cyclists and their teams. Their footage captured emotional and physical breakdowns, late-night strategy sessions, and great moments of personal triumph, all in intimate detail. Auerbach then took on the enormous task of editing hundreds of hours of material and forming it into a powerful and inspiring look inside the most difficult race on the planet.
Tickets will be $11 in advance and $15 at the door the night of the show. To purchase advance tickets, order online at www.imathlete.com/events/bicycledreams. The Marcus Cedar Creek Cinema is located at 10101 Market St. in Rothschild.