Have you heard of the Icy Bike Winter Commuting Challenge? It launched in 2013 and filmmaker and avid cyclist Mike Prendergast captured the inaugural challenge in his documentary, “A Winter of Cyclists”.
The film follows 12 cyclists in Colorado as they attempt to bicycle commute during the cold, dark and snowy winter months. A surprising camaraderie forms as nearly 200 like-minded riders from across the U.S., Canada and other countries join in the Challenge.
“For those who cycle in the winter, this film is a tribute to you,” says Prendergast. “And for those who are considering it, catch a memorable glimpse of what could await you [particularly if you sign up for the 2014 Challenge].”
A year-round bicycle commuter in Colorado—on a cyclocross bike in winter—Prendergast was constantly thinking of ways to express the joys and rewarding challenges of bicycle commuting to others in ways they could comprehend. “I thought if people could see and understand how much gratification can be derived from it, they might try it,” he shares. So he decided to make his documentary.
When asked what is the best thing about winter biking, Prendergast says, “Getting outside and traveling by human power always makes me feel better than not exercising or working out indoors. Plus you gain some serious cred from co-workers.”
And the worst? “The interesting thing about worst days on the bike is that once you realize that you can get through the deep snow, over the icy bike path or home in the strong headwind, it becomes one of the really good days and something you are proud of.”
“A Winter of Cyclists” is available on DVD, Blu ray and streaming online. Details about the film, the movie trailer and purchase options are at ChainRingFilms.com.
Mike’s Top 3 Winter Riding Tips
1. Unlike summer rides, it isn’t going to get warmer as you ride to work in the morning (most times it gets colder in the predawn hours). Dress a little heavier to account for this. If you live in a cold climate, you already have the clothing you need.
2. Get winter tires for your bike and you won’t have to worry about the snowy or icy conditions.
3. Seek out help from others already riding in the winter. Join the Icy Bike Winter Commuter Challenge. To date, there are 600 members!