Race Across the Sky – The Leadville Trail 100 documentary film [update] now available on DVD and Blueray

Finally, the DVD/Blueray disc is available for pre order!Click here for details or to purchase.

Race Across the Sky –documentary film in theatres October 22nd, 2009

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to actually be aracer in arguably the world’s toughest single day mountain bikerace? Well, you no longer need to as filmmaker Frank Matson takesus on a near first person assault of the The Leadville Trail 100with his latest project, “Race Across theSky”.

TheLeadville Trail 100 is an annual up and back mountain bikerace, which starts and finishes in Leadville, CO with a halfwaypoint of the Columbine Mine Aid Station at 12,600 feet. In fact,this epic feat of both amateur and professional riding together,NEVER dips below 9,000 feet for all 100 grueling miles!

Dave Wiens, consecutive six-time winner of TheLeadville Trail 100, hammered it out with one Mr. Lance Armstrong,for the second consecutive year. Unlike Dave’s 2008 victory, 2009saw his good friend Lance, finish first in another epic battle. Itwas this fight among friends along with dozens of amateur andprofessional riders alike, that “Race Across the Sky” captures inamazing detail.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Frank to talk about thefilm.

First, for a bit of history, Frank was the creative force behindthe television show, “Fat Traxx” on the former Outdoor Life Network(now Versus), having produced 80 episodes. He was also the creatorof the Emmy™ nominated Discovery Channel show, “Chasing Lance”.

To his credit, Frank has also completed The Leadville Trail 100,three times and owns a coveted finishers’ belt buckle for eachfinish! The winners, in case your are wondering, get replica orecarts!

Earlier this year, Frank received a phone call from Lance’spersonal trainer, Chris Carmichael, who explained that Armstrongwas perhaps the fittest he had ever been and was planning on comingback to try to win The 2009 Leadville Trail 100. Frank and hiscompany, Citizen Pictures, took the invitation and turned itinto the Race Across the Sky documentary film which will be intheatres for ONE DAY ONLY: Thursday, October 22nd, 2009.

The footage contained in this one hour plus movie will raise thehair on the back of your neck! Matson used video cameras mounted toa helicopter and motos to grab some of the most incrediblehigh-definition motion images you will ever see. Imagine theColorado Rockies as the venue with the world’s greatest mountainbike riders ripping through rising clouds as they attempt to tamesome of the most technical and exposed terrain imaginable. If youare fortunate enough to live within reasonable distance of one ofthe theaters presenting Race Across the Sky, you best not missit!

To buy your ticket: http://www.fathomevents.com/raceacrosstheskyFor those unable to get to a theatre, Citizen Pictures will beoffer a DVD later this year for purchase.

Written by Jeff Helfand

  • louplummer

    My max heart rate is 174 based on a field test that seemed lethal. My LT, once again based on a field test is 158, using the Chris Carmichael method. Do two eight minute time trials, 10 minutes apart and take the higher average heart rate from the two tests. I base my training on LT more than MHR. I occasionally take caffeine before rides and it really lowers my perceived rate of exertion in the first couple of hours. I’ve learned not to take more than 75mg an hour after the initial dose (350mg) or I start getting a rapid heart rate not related to exertion. I also get cardiac drift on long rides even without caffeine. My heart rate will continually rise throughout the ride while my speed and perceived exertion stay the same. Hy heart rate graphs look like long slopes. You can look at the Garmin results I posted in the blog entry to see what I am referring to.