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The 9th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival

Posted by Diamond Coleman


The Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival is bigger than ever and will feature the USA premiere of Lowest to Highest.

It’s back and bigger than ever! You can now catch the 9th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival in four different New England locations! The festival is a celebration of travel and human-powered adventure on wheels, and it is the only event of its type in the world.  Event proceeds benefit the Adventure Cycling Association and local charities. See below for more info and to buy your tickets!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 – Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA: Buy Tickets

  • All-new films, including our 2018 Grand Jury Prize winner
  • A benefit for Adventure Cycling Association
  • Vote for the 2018 Audience Award
  • Featuring the famous Cookie Showcase and the Great Jersey Giveaway!
  • Win a trip to Italy!

Thursday, May 31, 2018 – Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA: Buy tickets

  • Ciclismo Classico 30th birthday extravaganza
  • Support the arts: proceeds go to the Arlington Center for the Arts
  • Best-of-the Fest – see the best festival films from 2010 and on, all in one unforgettable evening
  • Enjoy our giant birthday cake
  • Vote for the best-ever bicycle travel film

Thursday, June 7, 2018 – National Park Service Visitor Center in Salem MA: Buy tickets

  • All-new films, including our 2018 Grand Jury Prize winner
  • Vote for the 2018 Audience Award
  • Proceeds go to Adventure Cycling Association, East Coast Greenway, and Essex Heritage

Thursday, June 7, 2018 – Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, MA: Buy tickets

  • All-new films, including our 2018 Grand Jury Prize winner
  • Vote for the 2018 Audience Award
  • Proceeds go to Adventure Cycling Association and Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition
  • VIP tasting event features drink samples from Artisan Beverage Coop of Greenfield as well as a selection of fine cheese and beverages to pair them with from Provisions in Northampton.
  • Every attendee gets a raffle ticket for our giveaway of bicycle jerseys and other goodies
Friday, June 8, 2018 – The Palace Theater in Danbury, CT: Buy Tickets
  • At the historic Palace Danbury 
  • Proceeds go to Adventure Cycling Association and other local charities
  • Vote for the 2018 Audience Award


From the frozen tundra of Nunavut to the heat of the Australian outback, from a father and son sharing their first overnight outing to women on multi-year adventures with no end date, there’s something for everyone at this year’s festival. You don’t need to be a cyclist to enjoy these tales of adventure! Ciclismo Classico, the longtime pioneer in creative bicycle vacations, is proud to present this one-of-a-kind event.  Additional financial support is provided by Gold Sponsor Wheelworks.

The tour is in Arlington, MA, on May 30th; in Salem and Northampton, MA, on June 7th; and in Danbury, CT, on June 8th. We’ve added a “Best-of-the-Fest” show in Arlington, MA, for May 31st, to share the audience favorites from the first 8 years.

This year’s Festival features the USA premiere of a stunning film from Australia called Lowest to Highest. Through the boundless landscape of Australia, five friends attempt to be the first to cycle from the continent’s lowest point, Kati Thanda - Lake Eyre, a vast salt lake in the desert at 15 meters below sea level, to the highest point, the snow-capped summit of Mount Kosciuszko. The 1,300+ mile journey would be hard enough for anyone, but Duncan is blind, Walter can’t breathe, Daniel can’t walk, Conrad can’t bend, and half of Paul’s body doesn’t work. What could possibly go wrong?

Summit image for credits

Festival Director Karin Turer says of the 27-minute film, “I think audiences will be inspired not only by the members of the group but by the wild vastness of the Australian continent – the film made me both laugh and cry.”

In addition to the 9 fantastic short films on tap, Arlington’s May 30th festival features the famous Cookie Showcase, an all-cookie buffet featuring the best bakeries of Arlington and beyond.  Each attendee will be entered into a drawing to win a trip to Italy with Ciclismo Classico, and there will also be chances to win a beautiful bike jersey as part of our Great Jersey Giveaway.  The “Best of the Fest” on May 31st begins with live music from Slow Boat Home and includes a giant birthday cake to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Ciclismo Classico. The Northampton festival will have a VIP tasting event, with drink samples from Artisan Beverage Coop of Greenfield as well as a selection of fine cheese and beverages to pair them with from Provisions in Northampton.

The Festival is a production of Ciclismo Classico, a community-minded Arlington company that has been a leader in active bicycle vacations since 1988. Ciclismo Classico founder Lauren Hefferon says, “Since our start 30 years ago, we’ve always been very involved with the local community. From our annual holiday ‘Jingle Ride’ to the Bike Travel Film Festival, we welcome the opportunity to promote active lifestyles and get people dreaming about their next adventure.”  Through the proceeds from these events, Ciclismo Classico has donated thousands of dollars to a variety of bicycle and other local charities.

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The Festival’s mission is to inspire attendees to explore by bicycle.  Whether across the globe or a few towns away, there’s nothing that recharges and expands horizons like bicycle travel.  The Festival will increase awareness and appreciation for bicycle travel by showcasing independent films that depict the adventure, humor, and growth inherent in human-powered journeys. The Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival is the ONLY film festival in the USA that focuses specifically on bicycle travel.


The Ciclismo Classico mission is to offer high-quality, educational, and dreamy itineraries that celebrate the diversity of native peoples and their landscapes.  By combining legendary service and rare cultural experiences, the Ciclismo Classico philosophy continues to energize and transform each and every guest.

As a specialized "boutique" tour operator since 1988, Ciclismo Classico provides the most authentic, unique and exciting vacations in the adventure travel industry. Their well-crafted educational trips in Italy, France, Spain, Austria, and New England are active immersions into local art, language, music and delicious cuisine.  


As part of the New England cycling community, Wheelworks is pleased to support Ciclismo Classico Bicycle Travel Film Festival.  For over forty years we have been part of New England cycling  - we have seen and participated in the journey and look forward to where it is going next.  Visit their locations in Belmont and Somerville for friendly service and a second-to-none selection of quality bicycles and accessories. www.wheelworks.com

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