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Volcano Peaks and Bicycles


Ring of Fire Multimedia Presentation Focuses on Landscapes of the World

What: Cycling the Ring Of Fire

Where: Myrtle Philip school, May 4, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Howe Sound Brew Pub, May 6, 7:30 p.m.

Worldwide zooms on bikes.

The team of Janick Lemieux and Pierre Bouchard bring their presentation, Cycling the Pacific Ring of Fire, to Whistler on May 4.

The pair came up with the concept of cycling and shooting the world while Lemieux was extremely ill in Tibet.

"We were in -15 weather up high in the hills of Tibet, on the Siberia to India crossing on our bikes. It was winter time, which we like to avoid, and while freezing our butts off out on the plateau we came up with the idea," says Bouchard.

"We said if we make it out of here alive, as Janick was sick with giardia, and road conditions were tough, we would do the show."

The couple has been travelling on their bikes for over 12 years. They’ve been to Whistler to do shows a few times over the years.

The two adventurers have visited 40 countries and covered 100,000 kilometres since 1990, as part of their quest for "the people and landscapes of the planet."

The show is a multimedia presentation with 1,000 images of their 25-month journey from Vancouver to Santiago, Chile.

The two photojournalists will present their "slidodocumentary" twice in the Sea to Sky corridor. They invite audiences who are "astonished and amazed by our crazy and beautiful world" to come view the show.

A shot from Valle de la Luna, in the Atacama desert of Northern Chile, hints at the fantastic eye candy all over the world. Bouchard is seated on his bike, a gigantic volcano peak capped with fresh snow rising in the background. The bike is laden with camping gear and a rucksack.

In June the pair head for the second leg of their Ring of Fire trip. They will be submitting articles to Pedal and Outside magazine as they travel with laptop, camera, and videocamera, and toothbrush.

"Travel is about learning things about ourselves, our fellow humans and our environments," adds Bouchard.

The Ring of Fire show is presented on May 4 at the Whistler Community Centre, in the gym at Myrtle Philip Elementary School.

The show is also being presented on May 6 at the Howe Sound Brew Pub and May 9 at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre in Vancouver at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 in advance from Escape Route, $12 at the door.