This Saturday, 4 August, Dendy Cinema in Canberra, Australia hosts the official Australian launch of 24-Solo, the film about last year's 24 Hours of Adrenaline World Solo Mountain Bike Championships. The event will double as a fund-raiser to help with the medical expenses of the winner, Australian mountain biker Craig "Gordo" Gordon, who put himself in hospital with the effort of victory.
The film was supposed to follow American Chris Eatough on the way to his seventh consecutive victory, but someone forgot to send Craig Gordon a copy of the script. The Australian treated the endurance event like a cross-country race and shattered Eatough's win record, but in the process did so much damage to his body he had to spend two days on dialysis afterward.
The drama turns what would otherwise have been a good run-of-the-mill documentary into a thoroughly entertaining account of an unexpected battle, glorious but agonizing victory and painful defeat.
Film-maker Gripped Films have agreed to waive their screening fee for the evening, and all profits will go to help with Gordon's medical bills.
There will also be a raffle for a chance to win a framed, signed 2006 World Champs Jersey. Tickets will be for $10 and the raffle will be drawn at the Scott Australian 24Hr MTB Champs at Mt Stromlo on October 14, with winners notified by email and phone.
The showing starts at 18:45 at Dendy Theatre in Civic, Canberra, Saturday 4 August. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased in advance from Dendy Cinemas on 02 6221 8900.
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