“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.”
“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.”