SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—Nearly 600 of the world's best endurance athletes, sports filmmakers and their fans were in attendance as Klunkerz won the 2009 Cycling Film of the Year award at the 17th Annual Competitor Magazine Endurance Sports Awards.
The film chronicles the birth of the off-road bicycle in the 1960s and 1970s, and the unique athletes and artisans credited with inventing the world-wide phenomenon.
The black-tie gala was held on Saturday night in the Nautilus Pavilion at Sea World in San Diego. This was the inaugural year for the Competitor Film Festival, which played in conjunction with the ESAs.
Cycling legends and subjects of the film, Gary Fisher and Charlie Kelly, were on hand to support the film's writer/producer/director, Billy Savage, who accepted the award. The award was presented by Dennis Christopher, star of the groundbreaking 1979 cycling film "Breaking Away."
The slightly underdressed Savage was overhead saying, "I'm honored and humbled to be the recipient of this award. This award is for all of us, the cycling pioneers who trusted me to tell their story, and for my amazing crew who worked so hard on this film."