By Press release
Boulder, Colorado – Tuesday, February 8, at Boulder’s Flatirons Theater, Boulder-based cyclists star in “Pro: The Movie”. “Pro” is a feature-length film shot at the 2004 US Professional Road Cycling Championships in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Boulder riders Scott Moninger, Chris Wherry, Dan Schmatz, Michael Barry, Will Frischkorn, Mike Jones, Greg Henderson, Alex Candelario and Jonas Carney play substantial roles in a movie that offers an insider’s view of the biggest cycling event in North America. Racing legends Andy Hampsten (winner of the 1988 Tour of Italy), Nelson Vails (silver medalist in the ’84 Olympic Games) and Thomas Prehn (road star of the ’70s and ‘80s) will be on hand to talk about the movie and the role cycling plays in their lives.
“I want to make sure everyone knows that these Boulder guys are in the film, that they’re locals. ‘Pro’ is a great peek into the lives they live on the road all year. It’s just an awesome look at the professional racing scene here in the US,” says Dave Towle, event organizer. Towle will emcee the premiere, lending his decades of cycling knowledge and experience as a professional race announcer to the event.
“It’s gonna be great. Bicycle Village is stepping up big, Clif Bar will be on hand, and VeloPress will be selling copies of ‘Pro’ on DVD. Ten percent of their sales will benefit The Family Learning Center. During intermission I’ll be giving away a huge array of prizes including pros’ jerseys and other stuff I can’t mention just yet,” explains Towle.
All revenues from the box-office sales will benefit The Family Learning Center, a Boulder-based non-profit devoted to helping kids from low-income families grow academically and socially. FLC launched an after-school cycling program in 2003, getting more than 30 kids out on mountain bike rides once a week. FLC staffers hope to raise enough money from the premiere of “Pro” to send a group of 40 kids on a week-long cycling camp in June, 2005, and continue their ongoing bike program.
Tickets are available at any Bicycle Village outlet (www.bicyclevillage.com); at University Bikes in Boulder (located at 9th and Pearl); at the venue, The Flatirons Theater (flatironstheater.com, 303/245-9068); at 13th and College on The Hill, in Boulder; and on active.com. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the film rolls at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Flatirons Theater or Dave Towle at the above-listed e-mail or phone. To learn more about The Family Learning Center, or to get involved, contact them at 303/442-8979 or visit their Web site at FLCBoulder.org.