Cycling has reached saturation point in our capital of late: the Tour of Britain finished with a few laps around the Royal Parks this weekend and the city's capability for large-scale cycling events has been called into question after a bit of a fumble during the race. Still, you've followed the race, you've bought the cheeky replica yellow jersey, you've smelt the sweaty lycra... now see the film!.
Or indeeed, see the sixth annual Bicycle Film Festival, taking place at the Cochrane Theatre from tomorrow, Wednesday 6 September to Saturday 9 September. This two-wheeled cinematic event has toured New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Chicago, San Francisco, Sydney, Tokyo and Milan and boasts an impressive line-up of artists and bicycle-based topics.
The tone is celebratory and the aim is to bring together all aspects of bicycling "to advocate its ability to transport us in many ways." Films cover subject areas as diverse as
tall-bike jousting, track bikes, BMX, Alleycats, Critical Mass, Bike Polo, Cycling to Recumbents
(jousting? polo? recumbents? can someone explain what the hell these things mean on bikes?) and the festival first night is a party in Clerkenwell going under the apt name Bikes Rock!
The Sixth Annual Bicycle Film Festival, Wednesday 6 September to Saturday 9 September, Cochrane Theatre. For the full programme and booking information, go to the festival website here.