Bicycle Dreams & Race Across America DVD 2 Pack


8 Reviews

Winner of 17 Film Festival Awards, Bicycle Dreams is one of the most celebrated cycling films of all time. They are seekers, madmen, and angels hell-bent on riding across America on a bicycle in less than ten days. But what begins as the adventure of a lifetime is transformed in an instant when tragedy strikes the race. These voyagers discover what is truly at stake as they pedal on, praying for the deliverance only the finish line can bring. By journey's end, some are saved, others are lost, but all learn that the fuel that takes a soul toward its own true destiny is desire.

Race Across America, Auerbach's first cycling documentary, captures all the drama and emotion of the race, showing the riders' most difficult moments as well as their greatest triumphs. From the controversial battle for first place on the podium to the constant struggle to overcome injuries and fatigue, all aspects of the race are covered in intimate detail.  Race Across America is an inspirational testament to the power of the human spirit.

“Somewhere in the darkness of a person's existence they confront what scares them, what unnerves them, what makes them wonder about their very next step. This is what the film Race Across America captures by its essence. Whether you ride long distances or not, heck, even if you haven't ridden a bike in 20 years, buy this film. It embodies the deeper struggle of our human existence as we strive, struggle and learn from our failures.” In this film we see ourselves in the personalities (riders and crew) as they endeavor to persevere in something so engaging that it tips the scales of common sense into the abyss.” Cyclist Daily

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BICYCLE DREAMS is one of the most celebrated cycling films of all time. Winner of 17 Film Festivals (Best Documentary at Grand Rapids Film Festival, Las Vegas Film Festival, Yosemite Film Festival, Red Rock Film Festival, Moscow Film Festival, Lake Arrowhead Film Festival, Breckenridge Film Festival, Los Angeles Sports Film Festival, and many more.) BICYCLE DREAMS is the powerful true story of the Race Across America, a 3000-mile bicycle race that challenges riders to cross the country in just ten days.  Reviews have been magnificent: “An astonishing documentary. Bicycle Dreams is a ride of many stark contrasts; when it ended I felt both shattered and triumphant. I realized I was experiencing its genius.” (Pez Cycling). “I imagine every cyclist who has seen this movie has ridden a little bit further or harder ever since.” (Bike Rumor) “Bicycle Dreams captures the human condition like few other films. This movie is not for those who want to shy away from the tragic side of human experience. Bicycle Dreams moves us to break through the barrier of the fear of death. I have seldom found a film that captures this ‘life drama’ as powerfully as does Bicycle Dreams.” (Cycling Review) ” This is a movie about conquering the status quo. It was a kick in the gut. By the end of the movie, I felt drained. Trampled. Ridden over. Spit out. This is not a movie about bikes. It’s about ambition, and the fear most people have of it.”(Drunk Cyclist)

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“If you’ve ever dreamt of challenging yourself and/or pushing yourself to a place far beyond what you previously thought possible, Bicycle Dreams is a film you must see. It’s beautiful, thought provoking, exciting, emotional, and scary. And like the riders who take part in this race, the experience of watching the film will leave you with a new perspective on life that will most certain remain with you for a very long time to come.”
– Bicycle Touring Pro

“This is a truly gripping film, with more drama in 8 days than an entire Tour De France. Bicycle Dreams is riveting, possibly because it's less about bikes and more about people. It's a dramatic saga with bikes simply and literally being the vehicles for hope, pain, disillusionment, despair, happiness, and as the title suggests, dreams. It's an impressive and deeply inspirational film.”
– road.cc

“Bicycle Dreams is a heartfelt and intriguing look into the incredible physical, mental and spiritual demands that the most grueling sporting event in the world delivers by the truck load. From start to finish this film gets it grip on you and does not let go.”
– www.bicycle.net

“You know a DVD is good when you immediately hit “play” as soon as the end credits are rolling. That's exactly what I did with Bicycle Dreams. The footage and editing are brilliant, providing a unique view into the minds and souls of those crazy enough to try and ride 3,000 miles across the US in 12 days. I think it's interesting to any athlete, but for endurance athletes this movie is a “must see”. I've watched it three times now, and it just keeps getting better.”
– runtrails.blogspot.com

“They ride while sobbing. They hallucinate. Beyond the usual definition of exhaustion, they attempt to sleep, and fail. Then they get back on their bikes—often with assistance because their bodies are so trashed—and keep riding. It doesn’t make sense. But it makes for a great film.”
– alaskabikeblog.blogspot.com

“Stephen Auerbach was kind enough to send me a copy of his movie “Bicycle Dreams.” What I did not realize is just what a wonderful gift it would be. His film is a captivating story of the human experience. It was literally an emotional roller-coaster ride for me. I would easily put this movie on the same level as “The Flying Scotsman” or “American Flyers.” Do yourself a favor and see this Movie.”
– hughsbicycle.blogspot.com

“Capturing emotional and physical breakdowns, personal triumphs and ultimate tragedy, Auerbach portrays these athletes wonderfully. Do they have to be a little crazy to compete in the RAAM? Probably. But they also have to be admired. “Bicycle Dreams” is a great film that captures the heart of this odyssey.”
– www.bicyclepaper.com

“Good cycling movies are hard to come by. Bicycle Dreams is as good as it gets, and it's about a lot more than cycling, which is what sets it apart.”
– jimlangley.blogspot.com

“I’ve been a cyclist for years and have never found a cycling related film that I found engrossing. I watch the Tour de France but completely understand why the majority of people think it’s boring. “Bicycle Dreams”, on the other hand, is something I think every athlete, and everyone looking for athletic inspiration, should watch. By the end of the movie you feel close to the riders, inspired to push yourself, and if nothing else, sheer awe at the physical strength and mental determination of these riders.”
– www.wickedphilanthropy.org

“The movie, which some might suggest would be more appropriately named “Bicycle Nightmares,” is an amazing study in energy management. The competitors tap every energy source: physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual. It is both brutally inspirational and startlingly instructive. On one hand, it makes the challenges that we mere mortals face seem almost trivial by comparison. On the other hand, as we watch the competitors barter their sanity, money, health and even lives for an insignificant prize, it forces us to ask ourselves the same question the producers repeatedly ask the racers: Why?”
– blog.growth5.com

“How much drama can you extract from a lone cyclist pedaling an empty road beneath a huge sky? Plenty. This 105-minute DVD about the 2005 RAAM offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of ultra-marathon cycling. It's painful — yet weirdly inspiring — to watch the riders gradually break down as the miles mount. They hallucinate. They weep. They bicker with their crew. They collapse. But they keep going. It's about challenging your limits, one says. It's a spiritual journey, explains another. It's ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things, adds a third.As one commentator says, “There's no way these people are normal.” And this is no ordinary cycling movie.”
– www.roadbikerider.com

“Stephen Auerbach has captured the very heart of the race, resisting the desire to make just another documentary: there's not a chance this could be split into episodes and shown on the Discovery Channel over the course of a few weeks – it's far too engrossing for that. Generally, reviewing movies involves having pen and paper sitting nearby to make notes; I was too involved to write anything. I can't say that I understand why anyone would actually want to put themselves through such purgatory on a bicycle, but on the other hand, maybe I do. It's a very strange world out there, and Lance Armstrong may be right: sometimes it really isn't about the bike.”
– www.thewashingmachinepost.net

“I can't say enough about this excellent documentary about the Race Across America (RAAM), Bicycle Dreams. The documentary chronicles several racers experiencing both the ups and downs of racing this majestic race, while simultaneously making profound personal discoveries along the way. Again, I can't help but praise this film as it elegantly documents cycling and its intersection with human drama Do watch it.”
– ilcyclingissimo.blogspot.com

“This film will put a new perspective on your own riding and the reasons you ride. I highly recommend you get a copy of this DVD and place it within easy reach of your indoor trainer. It belongs in your video library to be pulled out whenever you need a healthy dose of inspiration. Thank you Mr. Auerbach for your passion and commitment to telling the stories that inspire us all.”
– www.veloist.com

“Bicycle Dreams, a documentary about the RAAM (Race Across America), is a heck of a film. There are things in this movie that reward you for watching it, then watching it again later. This is a brilliant story of pain, strength, tears, and glory. As a viewer of the movie from the comfort of a couch, I found myself thinking many times, “is this real?” Amazing! I imagine every cyclist who has seen this movie has ridden a little bit further or harder ever since. Bicycle Dreams is an incredibly inspirational movie.”
– www.bikerumor.com

Winner of the following Film Festivals:
Best Documentary Grand Rapids Film Festival
Best Documentary Las Vegas Film Festival
Best Documentary Lake Arrowhead Film Festival
Best Documentary Red Rock Film Festival
Best Documentary Breckenridge Film Festival
Best Documentary Los Angeles Sports Film Festival
Best Documentary Solstice Film Festival (Minnesota)
Best Sports Documentary Tiburon Film Festival
Best Foreign Film Moscow Film Festival
Best Director Yosemite Film Festival
Royal Reel Award – Canada International Film Festival
Best Editing Solstice Film Festival (Minnesota)
Best Soundtrack Solstice Film Festival (Minnesota)
Audience Award Findlay Film Festival Ohio
Audience Award Breckenridge Film Festival (Colorado)

“Race Across America,” is award winning filmmaker Stephen Auerbach's first documentary to focus upon the world of cycling. This exciting film won the Boulder International Film Festival. It is the story of a great American adventure and spectacular endurance event that invites cyclists to race against one another from the West Coast to the East Coast of the United States. The event is non-stop and the winner makes this incredible journey in less than 10 days. They ride across the continent, facing monumental challenges (physical, mental, geographical) while trying to ride for up to 48 hours at a time without taking a sleep break. With a multitude of colorful characters (including Ultracycling legend Jure Robic) facing superhuman challenges, the film attempts to answer the question: Why Race Across America on a bicycle with no sleep for no prize money!” The answer is found in the hearts of these Average Joe warriors and non-professional cyclists. This makes for an unforgettable film that will expand your sense of what is possible.

“Somewhere in the darkness of a person's existence they confront what scares them, what unnerves them, what makes them wonder about their very next step. This is what the film Race Across America captures by its essence. Whether you ride long distances or not, heck, even if you haven't ridden a bike in 20 years, buy this film. It embodies the deeper struggle of our human existence as we strive, struggle and learn from our failures.” In this film we see ourselves in the personalities (riders and crew) as they endeavor to persevere in something so engaging that it tips the scales of common sense into the abyss.”
Cyclist Daily

“A handful of grueling, yet distinctly human moments grace Auerbach's film. These scenes encapsulate the soul of one of the cycling world's toughest and most misunderstood events.”

“If you're a cyclist – you MUST see this movie. A race, or ride, like this is for only a special few but… all cyclists will appreciate the unbelievable dedication and effort these riders make and will find the movie extremely interesting and totally enjoyable.  But even non-cyclists, even completley sedentary folks, will find the sacrifice, endurance and sheer cussidness of these riders enthralling. They literally ride 'til they win or drop trying.  Watch this film while riding on your trainer.  The time and miles will fly by as you become intimately connected with the riders involved, as if you are a part of the team. Not only is the story extremely compelling but the film is beautiful to watch.  The filmmakers do a magnificent job of bringing out the drama and human-interest behind this ride and the amazing people that do it.”

8 reviews for Bicycle Dreams & Race Across America DVD 2 Pack

  1. Kermit Cain
    5 out of 5



    Perhaps “Race Across America” does outline and describe the RAAM but “Bicycle Dreams” is more about setting a goal for yourself that’s beyond reach and yet, and yet obtaining that goal. Is the human body even capable of averaging over 15 mph for nine days straight? Apparently so yet it really isn’t – and it’s not the Tour in which the entire world watches with fame and fortune soon following – it’s about doing the impossible and making it possible, the bicycle is just the medium used, it’s not the ride, the cycling – it’s this special breed of human that tosses the marker further than they can reach and surpasses that marker. The closest I could come to referring to another group of people would be the Navy SEAL Team members of which I observed and worked with (I was NOT a member) at NAB Coronado and in ‘nam in the early ’70’s in a TACRON. People that can do the impossible to serve to make the rest of us realize that out there somewhere waits the unobtainable that we also could achieve.

  2. Captain Sue
    5 out of 5


    Gift For My Husband

    Very inspiring movie – bought for my spouse, but the whole family has enjoyed. Strongly recommend for anyone who is an avid bicyclist.

  3. mmseismic
    5 out of 5


    I bought these movies on the back of reading a book on RAAM and was after more information, I’m thinking about doing the race in one guise or another.

    Both movies/documentaries are excellent!

    Bicycle Dreams is the most recent and visually the best, it deserves the plaudits that you see on the side of the cover.

    The second movie, Race Across America, follows the race a year earlier. It’s a little rougher but you still feel the emotion, pain, suffering and heartache as the riders go through hell.

    I’ve watched a few movies/documentaries on cycling and these are the best. They are informative, emotional, they have good continuity and leave you with an urge to get your backside on a bike!

    Both documentaries would be ideal for any aspiring sportsmen to watch and learn from. There’s no finer display of what it takes to succeed, how to compartmentalize pain and how, when you think you have reached the depths of your reserves, that there’s always more within you!

  4. kerryinperry
    4 out of 5


    It is hard to imagine that anyone could ride nonstop for 8+ days (without much sleep). These folks are insane – but dedicated to cycling. I enjoyed this movie and have already watched it twice.

  5. Dave Kinne
    5 out of 5


    If anyone has ever done any long distance riding, racing or not, then you’ve got to see these DVDs. Unbelievable commitment, pain, exhaustion and FOCUS. Made me think ‘why do I ride’?? Although I don’t think I”ve got the stamina to go 3000 miles in a race focused event I would love to ride the route for pleasure. Can that be done? Watch it….you’ll be glad you did.

  6. Israel Sevilla
    5 out of 5


    If you ever needed some motivation, then this video is for you. Have heard before about RAAM, but once you seen this, is like you been there (of course with out the deligths of all the sacrifices done by the actual participants). Excelent job by the film makers.

  7. RJ Kerr
    4 out of 5


    What a great watch,i viewed it three times while riding my indoor ES9.0 upright bike I am tired of college and pro sports. This works!

  8. Rae
    5 out of 5


    I purchased this dvd as a Christmas gift. I also watched this dvd and Ioved it. I enjoy cycling. And I enjoyed the way this race was covered. And I liked hearing from the cyclist themselves how they got involved and participated in this race. It was a great documentary that I would suggest to any and all cyclists regardless of their level of cycling to watch.

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