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Bicycle Film Festival comes to LTCC

Ty Polastri / Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition

This year’s Lake Tahoe Bicycle Film Festival expands into a three- presentation series at two Tahoe locations.

The first presentation of the series is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 10, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Duke Theater at Lake Tahoe Community College in South Lake Tahoe.

This presentation features three elements: action cycling films, the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition Achievement Awards ceremony, and a special guest presentation by South Shore photojournalist Rick Gunn, who cycled around the world.

The second presentation in the series is scheduled for Oct. 16 at the Sawtooth Ridge Cafe in North Lake Tahoe, at 877 North Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City. This presentation will begin with an early-bird dinner at the cafe, followed by the film festival at 6:30 p.m.

This presentation will feature a documentary, “Single Track Minds,” which looks at the conflict of trail use among hikers and cyclists on Marin County’s Mount Tamalpais.

The film has been selected because of its informed look at shared-use on mountain trails and may provide insight for local trail users and advocates. Additionally, there will be a state-of-the art cycling film called “Seasons” that is one of the best action and filmed mountain biking films of the year.

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Gunn will also appear at the North Shore event.

The third and last presentation in the series is scheduled for Nov. 1, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., and will return to the Duke Theater at LTCC. A major motion picture that features Hollywood celebrities and cycling will be presented.

All presentations have a $10 donation admission fee. All admission fees benefit the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition (LTBC), a bicycle advocacy organization working to promote safe and enjoyable bicycling for recreation and transportation in the Lake Tahoe region.

Sponsoring partners in the film fest include: Sierra Nevada Alliance, Tahoe Daily Tribune, Lake Tahoe Media Group, Pedal There Thursdays and Entersport Marketing.

For more information about the Film Festival or the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition, contact Ty Polastri at (415) 259-8577 or

After three years bicycling across three continents and 33 countries, award-winning photographer and journalist Rick Gunn will share his stories and images from his 25,000-mile journey during the Second Annual Lake Tahoe Bicycle Film Festival.

A San Francisco Bay Area native, Gunn combined his love for adventure and outdoors by moving to Lake Tahoe and pursuing a career as a photojournalist, writing and photographing his passions – cycling and nature. His skills were soon recognized by press associations in the West and received awards from the Nevada Press Association, California Newspaper Publishers Association and the Associated Press.

Gunn began his globe-trotting adventure by setting-out from San Francisco in 2005. He went on to cycle across America, Europe, Central Asia, China, Nepal, India and Bangladesh, finishing his tour through Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand.

Ultimately transformed by the scenes of poverty, oppression, and war he’d witnessed along the way, Gunn began volunteering, devoting his photographs and stories almost exclusively to those who were making sustainable differences on the planet.

Gunn’s presentation is an audio-visual recount of his journey, from the soaring Alps of Western Europe, and dust storms along the Central Tibetan Plateau, to bomb extraction in Southern Laos and AIDS Hospice work in Northeast Thailand,

Gunn is in the first stages of editing his journals and 50,000 photos from around the world into a book, then plans to launch a series of speaking engagements (multi-media shows) that will discuss his journey, cycle touring, as well as sustainable issues facing the planet.

Gunn will share his photos and experiences at the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Film Festival presented at two locations in Lake Tahoe. He’ll make a presentation at Lake Tahoe Community College on Oct. 10, and at Sawtooth Ridge Cafe in Tahoe City on Oct. 16. See the accompanying schedule for details.

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Friday, Oct. 10, 6 to 10 p.m.

Duke Theater, Lake Tahoe Community College

One College Drive, South Lake Tahoe

5:30 p.m.: Box Office open for ticket sales

6 p.m. Welcome and introduction

– Rick Gunn: The Man Who Cycled Around the World – special guest Presentation

– Lake Tahoe Bicycle Achievement Awards Ceremony. Four categories. Four winners.

– Seasons: Seven Riders. Four Seasons. One of this year’s best action & filmed mountain bike films.

Thursday, Oct. 16, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Sawtooth Ridge Cafe

877 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. (530) 583-2880

Early ticket sales at Alpen Glow Sport Shop

Early dinner and show (Call 530-583-2880 for reservations)

6:30: Welcome and Introduction

– “Single Track Minds”. A look at Mount Tamalpais trail conflict issues.

– Rick Gunn: The Man Who Cycled Around the World – Special Guest Presentation

– “Seasons: Seven Riders. Four Seasons.” One of this year’s best action mountain bike films.

Saturday, Nov. 1

7 to 9:30 p.m.

Duke Theater, Lake Tahoe Community College

– 6:30 p.m. Box office open for ticket sales

– 7 p.m. Welcome and Introduction

– Special program and feature motion picture TBA

– Admission is a $10 donation at each performance. All admission proceeds benefit the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition in its efforts to help Tahoe become more bicycle friendly and sustainable.