‘Bicycle Dreams’ @ Village 8 Theaters

Monday, March 12

Village 8 Theaters
4014 Dutchmans Lane
Imathlete.com
$11 adv., $15 door; 7 p.m.

A documentary that’s been winning prizes around the world will soon roll into town for its local premiere. “Bicycle Dreams” covers what is said to be the toughest sporting event on the planet: The Race Across America (RAAM.) In this contest, cyclists have just 10 days to pedal from Oceanside, Calif., to Annapolis, Md. The tight schedule and 3,000-mile course motivates some to pedal for as much as 40 hours without sleep or solid foods. Injuries, hallucinations and early tap-outs are not uncommon. Says Stephen Auerbach, the film’s director, “They deal with searing desert heat, agonizing mountain climbs and endless stretches of road. And they do it while battling extreme exhaustion.” I bet. It once took me 10 days to drive cross-country, and I’m still groggy. —J. Christian Walsh

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