Join Better Bike for a ride down memory lane this coming Wednesday (2/12) for a screening of perennial bike-film favorite, Breaking Away. It’s a fundraiser: your attendance will help to support Operation Firefly, the the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition‘s education and bike light distribution program. Tickets are a very affordable $11 thanks to corporate sponsor Laemmle, so it won’t break the bank. Better Bike will lead a moderately-challenging evening ride to depart at 6pm from the main Beverly Hills library entrance. Please join us!
About the film: Grey-in-the-beard riders will remember this town-versus-gown tale of a small pack of scrubby Bloomington, Indiana ‘cutters’ (as in quarry workers) who chase top prize in a local pro bike race. And youngsters, too, will thrill to this late-70s time capsule, which is newly relevant in our era of DIY bike co-ops. Breaking Away will screen on Wednesday, February 12th at 7:30 pm at partner Laemmle’s NoHo 7 theater in North Hollywood (5240 Lankershim Blvd.). Read more about the event on the event page.
About the ride: The 10-mile ride will take us up Cahuenga. Hill-climbing legs are a plus, though we’ll take it at an intermediate pace. No doubt the enthusiasm of the Breaking Away crowd will provide some tailwind, so our nighttime return lap will be faster-paced (and the downhill topography won’t slow us down). You needn’t commit to both directions; you can take Metro’s Take the Red Line or Orange Line there or back. The bonus: for the first mile you’ll be reacquainted with the bike-bucking pleasure that is today’s Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills.
Our route will take us across Santa Monica with a jog up to Fountain to Highland. There we’ll take the right lane up through the Cahuenga pass:
Please RSVP so we know whom to expect. And note that this ride is adult-only given the urban conditions and rush-hour departure. Be sure to bring your required-by-law headlamp! If you encounter a problem on the way please call 310-661-1861 for Mark, the ride leader.