This still from “Inspired to Ride” captures Mike Hall—eventual winner of the 2014 Trans Am Bike Race—as he enters Colorado, one of 10 states competitors crossed during the grueling 4,233-mile endurance cycling race. (Photo: Eddie Clark Media/Inspired to Ride).
This still from “Inspired to Ride” captures Mike Hall—eventual winner of the 2014 Trans Am Bike Race—as he enters Colorado, one of 10 states competitors crossed during the grueling 4,233-mile endurance cycling race. (Photo: Eddie Clark Media/Inspired to Ride).

On June 7, 2014, 45 cyclists gathered in Astoria, Oregon, to embark on the inaugural Trans Am Bike Race, an endurance cycling competition traversing the 10-state, 4,233-mile TransAmerica Trail. 

The race provided no support vehicles, no special jerseys and not a penny in prize money. It did, however, draw the attention of a trio of experienced filmmakers—Mike Dion, Hunter Weeks, and Kia Kiso, producers of the award-winning film “Ride the Divide.”

The documentary they created of the grueling cycling competition—“Inspired to Ride”—will screen free of charge Sunday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. at T-Bock’s Upstairs, 206 West Water Street, Decorah. 

Mike Dion, the film’s director, will be on hand to discuss the making of the film. 

The event is being sponsored by Decorah Bicycles and the Decorah Hatchery.

Using footage shot by GoPros (in addition to more traditional movie-making equipment), “Inspired to Ride” follows a handful of competitors—including eventual champion Mike Hall—as they conquer agonizing climbs in the Rockies, driving winds in the Great Plains, and sawtooth switchbacks in the Appalachians with little more than sheer determination and mental fortitude. 

Audience members will find themselves immersed in the dramatic landscapes of the TransAmerica Trail and the adventure of racing solo, day and night, against a continuous clock and dozens of exceptional athletes.