Movie premiere hoping to boost bike riding in Kitsap County

In an effort to promote bicycling on the Kitsap Peninsula, a local mountain bike alliance will host a movie premiere and fundraiser tonight, March 28, in downtown Port Orchard.

The Port Orchard Pavilion, 701 Bay St., is the site for the Pacific Northwest premiere of a full-length movie about legendary downhill mountain bike racer Steve Peat.

“Won’t Back Down” will start at 7 p.m. and is hosted by the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance’s West Sound Chapter, Visit Kitsap and the City of Port Orchard. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $15 per person and $10 for Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance members. All proceeds will help the West Sound Chapter maintain bike trails on the Kitsap Peninsula, according to Peggy Best, marketing coordinator for the event.

“We are really excited about the movie premiere and having it in Port Orchard,” Best said. “They are expecting to bring a lot of people from out-of-town.”

The Comfort Inn on the Bay also is participating and offering a special lodging rate to encourage guests to spend the night and tour Port Orchard the next day.

“We decided to take a three-hour event and turn it into a two-day event,” Best said. “They may decide to have a bike ride on Green Mountain.”

More than 150 people are expected for the premiere.

Patricia Graf-Hoke, executive director of Visit Kitsap, said Visit Kitsap Peninsula is delighted the West Sound Chapter of Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance is hosting this movie premier and fundraiser in Port Orchard to support maintenance of trails on the Kitsap Peninsula.

“Visit Kitsap Peninsula is delighted the West Sound Chapter of Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance (EMBA) is hosting this movie premier and fundraiser in Port Orchard to support maintenance of trails on the Kitsap Peninsula.

“It’s another example of Kitsap’s growing popularity among large recreation groups that view the Kitsap Peninsula as prime destination for cycling and other outdoor activities,” said Graf-Hoke.

According to Brian Kirkpatrick, chair of the West Sound Chapter, the EMBA has a network of more than 5,000 riders from around the region.

“We expect the film event will attract local and out-of-area riders; many who will be visiting Port Orchard for the first time,” said Kirkpatrick.

The movie, a Clay Porter and John Lawlor film presented by Santa Cruz Bicycles, is about the life and times of Peat. It’s a movie about the journey of highs and lows, and includes old film footage from various sources, including Eurosport, professional filmographers, amateur handy cams and photos.

There also are interviews from some of the biggest names in the sport — Rob Warner, Nigel Page, Rob Roskopp, Will Longden, Pete Tompkins, Andy Kyffin and Shaun Palmer.

Peat, who resides in Sheffield, England, is a three-time World Cup Champion (2002, 2004, 2006) and the 2009 UCI Downhill World Champion.

The 6-foot-3, 39-year-old downhill mountain bike racer has competed in more than 100 World Cup races, appeared on World Cup podiums 52 times and has 17 World Cup wins. He also is a nine-time British Champion and two-time European Champion.

Best said the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance is the largest in the state and the West Sound Chapter is headed by Brian Kilpatrick.

She said one of the alliance’s major interests is the Green Mountain Trail above Lake Tahuya. Green Mountain is the second-highest peak on the Kitsap Peninsula.

Best said that there are lots of great biking activities on the Kitsap Peninsula, but the alliance is looking for activities that promote biking in South Kitsap.

“Green Mountain can attract bikers on a year-round basis,” Best said. “Mountain bikers don’t care about the weather.”

Green Mountain is accessed by several well-maintained trails and is surrounded by more than 6,000 acres of state forest.

During the all-ages event, there will be food and drinks, and a chance to win a Santa Cruz Superlight mountain bike.

Best said Slaughter County Brewing Co. will provide local beverages.

Visit Kitsap and Port Orchard Tourism Coalition will host a table at the event to provide information about Port Orchard and the Kitsap Peninsula region.

Graf-Hoke noted that the Cascade Bike Club, the largest bike club in the USA with 10,000 members, hosts two of its largest bike rides of the year in Kitsap County — the Chilly Hilly in February on Bainbridge Island and the Kitsap Color Classic in September.

She said last year, Northwest Epic Adventures hosted the Port Gamble Stottlemeyer 30/60, which attracted 450 riders and 600 family and friends, making it the largest mountain bike race in the state.

“The Fred Hutchinson Fundraiser, Obliteride, added a 50-mile route on the Kitsap Peninsula to its 2014 annual ride, added Graf-Hoke.

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