“Half The Road” trailer from kevin tokstad on Vimeo.

The Bicycle Film Festival Womens Program at the 2014 Los Angeles stop of their tour had only two films: a short by local racer and former BFF producer, Jen Whalen, and the documentary ‘Half the Road.’  There seems to be a lack of women focused or directed films about biking out there, so perhaps it isn’t a surprise that the major take away is: gender bias in cycling is freakishly bad and geared towards silent acceptance. With 10+ years of riding, racing, organizing and advocating for bikes behind me, I was thrilled to see so many legendary female racers open up about their personal stories, lives and how the shameful lack of respect for women in professional cycling is unnecessary.

When the the film reviews for ‘Half the Road’ started getting published online, I agreed and felt defensive. Was it too long? Yes. Did it take an aggressive name calling stance towards the evil UCI officials/henchmen keeping women from opportunities or respect?  Yup. The cinematography and production values could have been better too, but seriously? In telling the movie going audience that a movie is too long and negative, you’ve just killed off the audience that will be the most impressed by this movie: the ones who are not already super familiar with these issues and are more likely to have that “ah-ha” moment watching it.

For those of us tired of hearing how things are broken, it was actually really awesome to watch director Kathyrn Bertine point fingers at specific UCI officials, name names, cite specific discriminatory rules and respond to dismissals with epic stories of a forgotten women’s TdF, massive endurance events and the incredibly moving first hand story of Kristin Armstrong’s latest olympic gold medal. Bertine points out exactly how things can change. Is it biased? Absolutely. Now, it’s up to the audience to act on it and thankfully ‘Half the Road’ provides that roadmap.

Go see ‘Half the Road.’ Bring a snack and get a coffee afterward. Then start a revolution where you are.

FRI APR 25 in SAN FRANCISCO, CA at Bicycle Film Festival
SUN APR 27 in NEWPORT BEACH, CA at the Newport Beach Film Festival 11:30am
MON APR 28 in NEW HAVEN, CT at Rave North Haven 12 at 7:30p
WED APR 30 in NEWPORT BEACH, CA at the Newport Beach Film Festival 8:15pm
WED APR 30 in GRAND JUNCTION, CO at Carmike Seven at 7:30pm
SAT MAY 3 in SILVER CITY, NM at the TOUR OF THE GILA / Besse-Forward campus auditorium, 7pm
TUE MAY 6 in BALTIMORE, MD at the Landmark Harbor East at 7:30pm
WED MAY 7 in BOISE, ID at Northgate Reel Theater at 7pm
WED MAY 7 in SEATTLE, WA at Landmark Harvard Exit Theatre at 7:30pm
THUR MAY 8 in MEQUON, WI at Marcus North Shore Cinema at 7:30pm
TUE MAY 13 in BOULDER, CO at Century Boulder 16 at 7:30pm
CANADIAN PREMIERE! TUE MAY 13 in SASKATOON, SASK. at Broadway Theater
THUR MAY 15 in NANTUCKET, MA at Nantucket Dreamland
FRI MAY 16 in DENVER, CO at the SIE Film Center
MON MAY 19 in BOCA RATON, FL at Cinemark Palace 20 7:30pm
AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE! MON MAY 19 PERTH, AUSTRALIA Windsor Theater, 6:30pm
THUR MAY 22 in CHATTANOOGA, TN at Carmkike Majestik 12 6:30pm
SUN MAY 25 in PORTLAND, OR at Hollywood Theater 7pm
SUN-TUE JUNE 1-3 in ALBUQUERQUE, NM at the Guild Theater
TUE JUNE 3rd in CHICAGO, IL at AMC River East 7:30pm
SCOTLAND PREMIERE! MON JUNE 12 in EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND at Edinburgh Festival of Bicycles 
TUE JULY 15 in SALT LAKE CITY, UT at the Utah Film Center
THUR JULY 24-27 in ST. LUCIA, CARIBBEAN info Here
SUN OCT 5 in BLOOMINGTON, IN at Buskirk-Chumley Theater
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