On November 7th, bicycle users, film lovers and adventure seekers are invited to Rotondes for B:loft Film Night, the only such an event dedicated to bicycle films in Luxembourg.
The public will be treated to a selection of short bicycle films standing out for their great storytelling, captivating images and thought provoking plot. The film line-up features a premiere of “The New Woman: Annie “Londonderry” Kopchovsky”, the story of a young woman 23yrs old Jewish Immigrant and mother of three who changed the world for women by attempting to be the first female to circle the globe on bicycle. Next in the film line-up is the movie rewarded during prestigious adventure film festivals like BANFF: “The Frozen Road“. This is an honest reflection on Ben Page’s solo trip in the Canadian Arctic: the wonder, terror and frustration he experienced when riding through the unforgiving emptiness of one of the world’s ‘last great wildernesses’. In the similar spirit, yet warmer than minus 30 celsius degrees, will be “Road from Karakol” about athlete Kyle Dempster who took off on his bike across Kyrgyzstan with a couple mostly-accurate maps, a trailer full of climbing gear, and a vocabulary of 10 Kyrgyz words. He spent two months pedaling and pushing the bike more than 1200 km on roads of variable states of neglect, wading through wild rivers and soloing a handful of unclimbed alpine rock and mixed routes. The last movie “Ascend” poignantly articulates the reasons why so many of us love to ride mountain bikes.
Throughout the night, our collaborator Kay will be running Bike Repair Cafe. Bring your bikes for a check-up, minor repairs and get some advice and a good chat.
The event will be concluded with a B:Night Ride. You are bound to be amazed by Luxembourg city by night while cruising by bike with our guide Tristan. No reservation required. Make sure you have lights and adequate clothes.
The New Woman: Annie “Londonderry” Kopchovsky | dir. Gillian William | 27’|
The Frozen Road | dir. Ben Page |24’|
The Road from Karakol | dir. Kyle Dempster | 24’|
Ascend | dir. Simon Perkins | 6’|
A guided short ride (less than 6 km) within the city to show you an alternative way to get from the train station area to the city centre. We will ride in the park, enjoy a brilliant view from the glass elevator, then we will make a short ‘hook’ through the centre, pass by Grand Duke’s palace, Plateau du Saint Esprit and we’ll finish at Gëlle Fra.
Flat terrain, the route is safe in all weather conditions.
Please make sure that your bike is fitted with lights and good brakes and bring clothes that suit the weather. Rain or (moon)shine we will bike on.
Disclaimer: Ride at your own responsibility.
Photo exhibition "Cycling Life" by Tristan Schmurr
Since Tristan Schmurr moved to Luxembourg from Strasbourg in 2000 cycling has become his primary means of transport, his lifestyle and philosophy. From 2009 he started riding 12 km to work every day, regardless of the weather as to him “beating the elements is rewarding”. However, on the way home Tristan began to take different and interesting routes, sometimes reaching over 100 km. This is the “Tristan syndrome” – instead of taking the shortest route he takes a long detour to explore the country, shake off the fatigue and stress from work, stay fit and earn a good night’s sleep.
The bicycle has become an essential element of Tristan’s personal philosophy, which is “to slow down and to free himself from the fast pace of a Western lifestyle”.
Tristan has recently finished a grand project to cover every square kilometre of Luxembourg by bike or on foot. It took him 6 years to complete nearly 90 000 km in total! During his explorations he never ceased to be amazed by the variety of landscapes in Luxembourg: the forests, fields, lakes and hills that make up this beautiful country.
His favourite places? An old railway tunnel near Eischen/Beckerich in the west, a picnic spot in Mamer called Drepps, and a hill between Garnich and Kahler.
This exposition is designed to ignite your passion for exploring and to motivate you to cycle along Luxembourg’s vast network of national and regional cycling paths. It does not take much to leave the congested capital city behind and enjoy the tranquility of the Luxembourgish countryside.
As Ernest Hemingway so eloquently said: “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.”