If you like off road riding in San Francisco,

by dcrites on May 3, 2009

then you probably like off road riding in Marin.  Shoot, when you really need some time on trails, some uninterupted and blissful ribbons of winding singletrack through hills of golden grass and fern and redwood filled groves, you likely go to Tamarancho, the Headlands, or China Camp.  Well, Marin has their own groups like SFUR, fighting for more trail access.  Fighting to actually let us ride the trails that the Mountain Bike was first pioneered upon.  One such group is access4bikes.

And just like this last weekend at Ales to Trails, what better way to support local advocate efforts than to have some delicious beers, meet some good people, and this time, leave the clipless shoes and chamois at home, bring your comfortable and stylish movie watching threads, because it’s time for (drumroll please…)

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3rd Annual A4B Mountain Bike Film Festival and Party- a fundraiser for access4bikes
Sunday, May 17, 6:30-9:00 PM (happy hour begins at 5:00)

Join Access4Bikes and the Bicycle Trails Council of Marin at the San Rafael Community Center on for an exciting night of food, drink, live music and movies provided by independent filmmakers and bike enthusiasts.

The evening will feature the Marin premier of Freedom Riders, about “a core group of riders who evolved from covertly building rogue and unsustainable trails, to creating a precedent setting relationship with the Forest Service and creating some of the best Freeride trails in the country.” I was lucky enough to catch the 1st screening of this film during the Sea Otter.  I can not stress enough what a great film this is.  It has the ‘totally rad’ full suspension bike action that has become a mtb movie cliche, but interwoven with the rad is an empowering story of like minded mountain bikers getting together to change their world for the better.   Something we all should remember as we butt our heads against the obstacles keeping us from gaining more access to more trails.

There will also be screenings of many local, international and student shorts, including Bridge to Forest City, Girl Meets Bicycle and Sixer at Six will be shown.

Tickets are a $25.00 donation and proceeds from the event will benefit non-profit Access4Bikes, a Marin County IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) affiliate organization that is working to establish equitable access for bikes on the public trails of Marin. Access4Bikes and IMBA are working with California State Parks and the Marin County Open Space District to expand Marin’s trail network for mountain bikers.

  • When: Sunday May 17, 2009
  • Where: San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael, CA 94960
  • Films begin: 6:30 pm -­ 9 pm
  • Happy Hour: 5:00 – 6:30 with beer from our finest local breweries – Broken Drum, Lagunitas and Iron Springs, buffet dinner and live music by Red Paint
  • Cost: $25.00 donation includes everything! Dinner, beer, live music (Red Paint) and films!
  • Valet Bike Parking provided by Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC)

Info: www.access4bikes.com 415-686-1526  access4bikes at gmail.com

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