The cycling world is reeling today as word spreads of a tragic collision that claimed the lives of a UK-based couple that was touring the world by bicycle together. Peter Root and Mary Thompson were riding their bikes in Thailand when someone driving a pick-up truck drove into their path. The couple had been on global biking adventure that started in July 2011.
Peter and Mary had also just recently learned that a film based on their biking adventures was chosen for the 2013 Filmed by Bike festival slated for Portland this April.
Festival Director Ayleen Crotty confirmed today that the couple’s film, Cycling Central Asia, was chosen by a panel of judges to be part of the event. Crotty said this morning that they plan to do a video tribute to Peter and Mary when their film is shown. “Filmed by Bike is producing a short piece to honor the love Peter and Mary had for each other and the adventures they shared.”
Here’s more from a statement made by Crotty about the tragedy this morning:
“In the last two years, Filmed by Bike has seen a huge surge in travel-by-bike movies. I don’t know if more people are adventuring by bike, or it is just that more people are bringing cameras along for the ride. These submissions are a fantastic glimpse into the very special experiences of the cyclists. Perhaps something about that made it extra sad to learn of Peter and Mary’s passing. As previewers of their piece, we saw how happy they were adventuring, and that is what they were doing when they passed away.”
Ayleen also shared an email sent to her from Peter and Mary upon learning their film had been chosen. “Greetings from Cambodia,” it read, “Thanks for the great news! We’re over the moon that our film was chosen.”
Below is a clip of the film they had uploaded to Vimeo:
The 11th annual Filmed by Bike will be held in Portland on April 20-23rd.