Submissions up more than 80 percent over 2013 levels
Missoula, Montana, August 14, 2014 — The winners have been chosen for Adventure Cycling Association’s 2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest on Vimeo, which celebrates the beauty and spirit of bicycle travel through videos shot around the world by amateur videographers traveling by bike.
Videos entered in the contest fell within one of three categories: Best Long Distance Tour Video (weeklong or longer), Best Short Tour Video (one to six nights long), and Best Portrait of a Traveling Cyclist. Additionally, the judges voted for their picks to receive the honorary Bicycle Travel Spirit Award.
“We were pleased to receive 51 submissions in this, our second annual video competition,” said Adventure Cycling media specialist Michael McCoy. “By comparison, in our inaugural contest in 2013 we received just 28 submissions.”
In a tight match in the category of Best Long Distance Tour Video, Ride Your Dream by Pooyan Shadpoor of Rasht, Iran, narrowly edged out A Nomad’s Life, created by Stefan Boehm of Bad Krozingen, Germany. (Boehm was the winner of this category and also of the Bicycle Travel Spirit Award in 2013, with his submission Northern Europe by Bike.) Third place goes to Alive in Southeast Asia by Florian Schmale of Arnsberg, Germany.
In the category of Best Short Tour Video, Last Ride to Crimea? by Ryan Anderson of College Station, Texas, won first place, while Through the Oberland by Joe Baur of Cleveland, Ohio, took second, and Sweet Ride by John Stuart Carlisle of Vancouver, B.C., took third (note that Carlisle supports the video with his own recent release of a great tune titled “Sweet Success”).
The winner of the Best Portrait of a Traveling Cyclist category, Mi Vieja Bicicleta, was created by Juan Sisto of Madrid, Spain. Sisto’s entry, at just one minute and 49 seconds in duration, proves that a video needn’t be lengthy to provide a huge impact. He also takes home the Bicycle Travel Spirit Award. Second and third places in the category go to Panamerican Childhood by the “Family Pedaleros” of Berlin, Germany, and Portrait of a Cyclist by Sarah and Donald Butcher of Stafford, Va. Interestingly, both of these videos are presented from the perspective of a toddler on tour with her parents.
The winning videos will be highlighted on Adventure Cycling’s blog and social-media channels, and announced in Adventure Cyclist magazine. The winner in each of the three submission categories receives a two-year membership with Adventure Cycling and a $500 gift certificate for the Cyclosource store.
“The overall quality of this year’s submissions is impressive,” McCoy said, “as is the international aspect. We received entries from cycling videographers living in Slovakia, Iran, France, Czech Republic, Canada, the Philippines, Poland, Nepal, Belgium, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Japan, Turkey, and the United States.”
To watch any or all of the entries from the 2014 and 2013 contests, visit the Bicycle Travel Video Contest on Vimeo. To view the winners of last year’s contest, visit this blog post.
Alison Riley, Digital Media Coordinator
Direct: (406) 532-2772 / Twitter: @advcyclingassoc
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Adventure Cycling Association inspires and empowers people to travel by bicycle. It is the premier bicycle-travel organization in North America with more than 46,700 members. Adventure Cycling produces cycling routes and maps for North America, organizes more than 80 tours annually, and publishes the best bicycle-travel information anywhere, including Adventure Cyclist magazine. With 42,180 meticulously mapped miles in the Adventure Cycling Route Network, Adventure Cycling gives cyclists the tools and confidence to create their own bike-travel adventures. Contact the office at (800) 755-BIKE (2453), email@example.com, or visit www.adventurecycling.org.
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