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Queenstown connection: A screen shot from a short film, Future Ground, featuring a women’s mountain bike camp in Queenstown

By PHILIP CHANDLER

Twelve ‘‘quirky, uplifting, adventurous, inspiring stories’’ about bikes and those who ride
them feature in The Big Bike Film Night at the Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall tomorrow night.

This collection of the world’s best short cycling films, being shown around New Zealand, has once again been curated by Taupo-based ‘film pedlar’ Brett Cotter.

They range from two minutes to 27 minutes long, with two having particular relevance to a local audience.

The first, Future Ground, features 10 female mountain bike riders who participated in a four-day ‘progression camp’ in Queenstown conducted by world-class mentors and coaches last year.

The other one, which is Cotter’s favourite, The Freedom Seat, centres on a tandem bike ride from India to Germany by humanitarian Naresh Kumar, who was based in Queenstown for five years.

Kumar, who grew up in a slum in India, undertook the 8646km ride, over 74 days, to raise awareness about sex trafficking and fundraise for Tearfund.

He called his bike ‘Kindness’ and invited friends and strangers to take up the rear seat so he could tell them about his cause.

Cotter says his eighth collection has something for everyone.

‘‘Above all, this collection is a great reminder of why we love to ride with films that celebrate the fun, the adventure and inspiration that cycling enables.’’

Arrowtown’s film night kicks off 7pm; for tickets, visit bigbikefilmnight.nz

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