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Get ready for a cycling holiday... by watching top bike films

From the film North Shore Betty. Credit Travis Rummel

If you are looking forward to a cycling holiday in Scotland this year, the chances are you’ll enjoy a bike-focused movie or two at one of the world's best-known mountain film festivals.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour returns to the Uk for 2023 and offers a host of action and adventure big screen films, including two inspiring cycling movies.

Be inspired by North Shore Betty. Credit Travis Rummel

What is Banff Mountain Film Festival Tour?

Banff tour films are chosen from hundreds of entries into the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, which is held annually in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

The UK and Ireland tour will visit more than 50 locations in spring and autumn 2023.

She might be in her mid-70s but the star of North Shore Betty still rides hard. Credit Travis Rummel

Banff Mountain Film Festival Tour cycle film highlights

There are 14 films across two programmes, blue and red. Two films that will appeal to cyclists include:

Keep in riding: Betty Birrell. Credit Travis Rummel

North Shore Betty

The misty forests of British Columbia are hallowed ground for mountain bikers. They have influenced every aspect of the sport and they are also where Betty Birrell, then 45, picked up mountain biking after a career as a mountaineer and professional windsurfer.

Three decades later, the single mother is a role model for her son, her friends and anyone she’s met along the way. She's also proof that you’re never too old to shred the trails.

The family that feature in The Nine Wheels film.

Taking every day at a time in The Nine Wheels film.

The Nine Wheels

This is a story of choosing to live life to the fullest in the face of adversity. The Schneeberger family includes mountain bike stars of the future, 10-year-old Emric and Raoul, 13, plus their parents Toni and Laetitia.

Packed with emotion, soul and high-power riding scenes, this film explores what it is like to live with a disability, brotherly love, the devotion of parents and living life one day at a time.

Scottish tour dates

  • 11/02/23, 2pm: PITLOCHRY, Festival Theatre

  • 11/02/23, 7pm: PITLOCHRY, Festival Theatre

  • 13/02/23, 7:30pm: STIRLING, Macrobert Arts Centre

  • 11/09/23, 7:30pm: INVERNESS, Eden Court

  • 12/09/23, 7:30pm: INVERNESS, Eden Court

  • 13/09/23, 7:30pm: ABERDEEN, Music Hall

  • 16/09/23, 2:30pm: EDINBURGH, Festival Theatre

  • 16/09/23, 7:30pm: EDINBURGH, Festival Theatre.

For more information and to book tickets, see

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