Columbia Center for the Arts presents a unique film viewing opportunity of "Race Across the Sky" the story of the Leadville 100 bike race on April 28.

There will be a reception at 6:45 p.m. featuring representatives from the cycling community with the film beginning at 7:30.

At 10,000 plus feet, against the misty backdrop of a former mining town, Leadville, Colo., 1228 cyclists line up to begin their adventure. For many, it will be the most difficult race of their lives. For some, a bragging right to say they raced alongside the best in the world. Some imagine victory. Most hope only to finish. But everyone will count.

The race that started 25 years ago as a running race to drive tourism in Leadville has now grown to a lottery cap of 1000 plus competitors, many of them the world's most elite cyclists. But the Leadville Trail 100 "Race Across the Sky" Mountain Bike Race is not just a race of man against man: it's man vs. man, man vs. self, man vs. elements, man vs. time over 14,000 vertical feet of climbing, some two miles above sea level, through extreme climate changes ranging from heat to hail, from rain to snow.

To the racers, the risks of injury, fatigue and mechanical failure pale next to the chance that they will fall behind the 12 hour cut off mark and be eliminated.

Rivalries include six-time defending champion Dave Wiens vs. international star/seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.

Inspirational stories of human triumph include a Leadville woman rider who was critically injured by a car while training for last year's race, another who suffers from multiple sclerosis, and 45 plus rider who has raced all 15 years.

Tickets are $5 and will be available in advance for this show at Columbia Arts, 215 Cascade Ave, Hood River and online for $7 at www.columbiaarts.org.

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