Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival to feature short film by Adventure cyclist exploring the ‘inner journey’ of cycling
National walking and cycling charity, Sustrans has teamed up with Adventure Syndicate co-founder, Lee Craigie to launch a short film that explores the inner journey of what it means to cycle. The film showcases one of Scotland’s most stunning cycle trails, NCN78 the Caledonia Way. Ms Craigie will be attending the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival this weekend to launch the short film, called ‘Escape’.
Filmed in locations along the route from Oban on Scotland’s West Coast to Inverness to the east, the film features Lee Craigie as she talks about her journey from awkward teenager to champion adventure cyclist, as she gained independence and self-confidence through cycling.
Lee Craigie said: “I was inspired to make this film with Sustrans because I’m reminded daily of the positive, emotion regulating effects that cycling and outdoor exercise can have on the mind. It’s so easy to forget that the simple action of riding a bike in the fresh air can make you feel better about almost anything – at least temporarily – and that’s something I want for everyone. I’ve faced many challenges over the years, both emotional and physical, and cycling has provided me with a continuity – an escape from the everyday pressures of life”.
“My hope is that people watching this film will think ‘that’s the freedom I want’ or ‘I remember those feelings that bikes can bring’ and be inspired to get outside and start their own adventure.
In supporting this short film, Sustrans Scotland wants to encourage people to enjoy cycling, and to realise the mental as well as physical health and well-being benefits that cycling can bring. The Caledonia Way was chosen as the location for the film to emphasise the beauty that can be enjoyed ‘up close’ when travelling by bike, and to showcase a stunning new route on the National Cycle Network.
Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival Director, Stevie Christie said ‘We are delighted that the premiere of ‘Escape’, a new cycling film by Lee Craigie and Sustrans, can be part of the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival 2017. The film gives a real insight into how cycling has influenced and shaped Lee’s journey through life, and showcases some of the stunning scenery that can be enjoyed along the Caledonia Way cycle trail. It’s inspiring and accessible message is a perfect fit for our family-friendly film session which runs from 11am on Sunday 5th February.’
A short edit of the film can be viewed at www.sustrans.org.uk/escape