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It will also be shown at National Geographic's newly restored Grosvenor Auditorium as part of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour on March 7th.
The critically acclaimed film has been winning over even non-cyclists, some saying it's the "Best Sports Documentary Ever Made!" In a male-dominated genre, Off Road breaks the norm by telling not only the exciting men's competition for 2 available Olympic slots on the US Mountain Bike Team headed to the 2004 games in Athens, but also follows the heart-breaking women's chase for a sole position beside the men.
250 Word Synopsis:
Off Road to Athens is a documentary covering the tumultuous path taken by 8 athletes hoping to make the US Mountain Biking Team headed to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. The film is fueled by the high-energy, high-stress world of Professional Mountain Biking but also covers the personal struggles and sacrifices of 4 men and 4 women who are vying for only 3 available positions. The viewer is taken on a ride from the jungles of Ecuador to the Highlands of Scotland, from historic Belgium to scenic Canada and many places in between. The movie culminates with a dramatic finish that no one could have predicted.
Off Road To Athens has a soundtrack made by D.C. composer, Haik Naltchyan. The music reflects the cultural diversity and excitement of each location visited and is unlike any high-energy sports documentary made.
Viewers will get a very personal glimpse of each athlete and hear how the US Cycling Federation made a mistake in their selection process causing a dramatic end to the story. The film will appeal to a broad audience that finds excitement not only in the race, but the travelling, stress of performance, stress on relationships, exhilaration of making the team and gut-wrenching defeat of not making it.