Because Adventure (Film)
In “Because Adventure,” a new film presented by Salsa Cycles and directed by Adam Pawlikiewicz, four friends set out on a redemption ride in Colorado after an Iowa gravel race turned the tables on them. Find the film, a collection of photos by Abigail Lafleur, and a map of the 345-mile route that starts and ends in Denver here…
Photos by Abigail Lafleur (@abi.lafleur)
In April 2021, Leonardo Brasil, Brendan Heineg, David Sedelnick, and TJ Windsor lined up at the starting line of the 340-mile Iowa Wind and Rock gravel race. None of them finished the race. After that event, they all felt a sense of defeat, and they wanted redemption. So, Leonardo created a self-supported route in Colorado that would echo the distance of the Iowa route. Their hope was that riding it would be way to redeem themselves… without having to go back to Iowa. Because Adventure, follows the crew on the ride from their pre-dawn start. Watch how it ends below, then scroll down for a gallery of images from the trip and more about Leo’s route.
“Adventure is figuring out along the way how you get to where you want to be.”
“Bike touring and these big rides make you feel that there’s a lot of good in the world and a lot of beautiful places.”
The route Leonardo Brasil created for the redemption ride starts in downtown Denver, Colorado, and racks up 345 miles with 25,000 feet of climbing before arriving at the same spot via Colorado Springs. Here’s the map:
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