On Thursday, Oct. 22nd, you can follow the most intense cyclists -- including seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong in Race Across the Sky - Leadville Trail 100, as they compete in one of the world's most challenging mountain bike races.
The Leadville Trail 100 began as a running race 27 years ago to draw tourism to Leadville, Colo., a former mining town. The mountain bike race was added in 1994 and has become a competition with more than 1,000 entries each year hoping to get a chance to compete. Riders race on dirt trails, mining roads and Forest Service roads through the mountains, hoping to cross the finish line in 12 hours or less.
During the 2009 race this past August, cameras followed cyclists from start to finish and the100 miles in between in the making of Race Across the Sky, which captures the drama of a race played out on a course that includes 14,000 vertical feet of climbing and often severe weather changes ranging from heat to hail and from rain to snow.
"The Leadville Trail 100 is one of those events...Like the New York City Marathon or the Ironman, where people say, one day I want to do that," said Armstrong. "It's the purest level of passion that you can get."
Playing just one night, this special in-theater event also features a panel discussion with Armstrong, his coach Chris Carmichael, six-time defending Leadville Trail 100 (LT100) champion Dave Wiens, as well as other elite and amateur cyclists. Panelists will discuss tips on training and conditioning during the cycling off-season as well as stories of overcoming their own personal challenges in this year's race, including Armstrong's battle with a flat tire in the final 10 miles of the race.
The movie plays in over 400 theaters around the country on Thursday, Oct. 22nd at 8:00 p.m. eastern - 7:00 p.m. central - 6:00 p.m. mountain - and 8:00 p.m. Pacific. Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com, where you can find a complete list of locations showing the movie.