So in case you were unaware this week in Wellington there is a festival celebrating 25 years of Mountain Biking in New Zealand. It started with the National Champs on Friday and will finish with the the Skyline Screamer (a three-up downhill eliminator on Wainui's steep fire roads) on Sunday. But on Tuesday night, that's tomorrow, Spoke is hosting the New Zealand premiere of Brian Vernor (Pure Sweet Hell and We Just Work Here) and Benny Zenga's latest work, Where Are You Go. Where Are You Go documents the Tour De Afrique, a 12,000 km stage race from Cairo to Capetown. The film garnered rave reviews at this year's Bicycle Film Festival and this will be your only chance to see it locally.
Four months on a bicycle between Cairo, Egypt and Cape Town South Africa is not your typical African safari.
En route with the Tour d' Afrique, the world's longest bicycle race and expedition, the Zenga Bros. (CAN) and Brian Vernor (USA) make light of this physically daunting trip by sharing a universal love of the bicycle with Africa's roadside mechanics, sporting racers, and innumerable curious strangers.
Traveling more than 70 miles per day, 50 racers and expedition riders experienced the boundless Nubian desert of Sudan, the great majesty of Victoria Falls, and finally the cold rush of the Atlantic Ocean.
Where Are You Go captures the 7,000 mile expedition as a constant adventure full of playfulness and mysterious beauty, and is a testament to the endurance of human curiosity.
We will also be screening Billy Savage's film Klunkers, which traces the history of the modern mountain bike from its inception. There's some amazing archival MTB footage and a bunch of insightful (as well as cringeworthy) interviews with some inspirational MTB figures.
Where: Upstairs at Chicago, No.1 Queens Wharf, Wellington When: 7.30pm Tuesday 2nd March