The Tour of Ara, named for the Southern Hemisphere constellation of Ara, was a prestige race ridden mostly on South African-built steel racing bicycles in the proud tradition of the early Italian multi-day stage races. For it's five year duration, the Tour followed a tough dirt-road route over six days through the beautiful but harsh semi-desert South African Karoo each year. It was as much a race as it was an exploration and celebration of this unique landscape and the people that live there. This 34 minute documentary follows 40 racers as they experience life-changing situations, meet locals, and face some serious race challenges - soft sand, corrugated roads, loose stones, sharp tyre-shredding rocks, rain and mud.
The film was directed by Rick Wall, produced by Word Africa, and beautifully filmed by photographer Adriaan Louw.
"Music For Free" is a musical celebration of wild people and places on the Great Divide from Canada to Mexico. After half a decade of musical tours powered by a bicycle, musician and poet Ben Weaver will ride 2700 self-supported miles from Banff Canada to the US Mexico border carrying his banjo and guitar giving free concerts to the communities along the way. Following the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route on its 20th anniversary year the objective of this journey, aptly titled Music for Free, was to celebrate the people who have supported this iconic route and its riders while dissecting the question "What is wildness?".
Edited, Directed and Filmed by Keenan DesPlanques: keenandesplanques.com
(This film was filmed completely from the power of Keenan's legs, he rode the entire length of the route with Ben)