Rebecca Rusch’s Blood Road Film Premiere
Please join us at the Lincoln Grand Cinema for an exclusive screening of Rebecca Rusch’s Blood Road in support of Nebraska’s International Mountain Biking Chapter, Trails Have Our Respect.
Affectionately known as The Queen of Pain, Rebecca is among the greatest female ultra-endurance mountain bikers in the world. While she’s used to pushing her body to the limit, nothing could prepare her for the emotional journey she took in 2015 when she pedaled 1,200 miles of the Ho Chi Minh trail in search of the crash site that claimed the life of her father during the Vietnam War. Blood Road is a journey of hope and discovery—a way for Rebecca to begin a fresh relationship with the father she lost so long ago.
Joined by Vietnamese competitive biking champion Huyen Nguyen, Rebecca travels through the dense jungles of Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. While Nguyen helps Rebecca understand the cultural context of her quest, the women forge a deep bond triggered by a shared experience of war and loss. As the pair test the boundaries of their athletic abilities, occasionally reaching their breaking points, they learn how conflict connected their cultures even as it tore their families apart. They also learn about the tragic history of the ‘Blood Road,’ which leads them through the heart of darkness and into the light of local villages and Buddhist monasteries that are still marked by the painful relics of war and populated by generous townspeople who share their stories. These experiences create a rich backdrop leading to the poignant moment when Rebecca and Nguyen finally arrive at the crash site that marks the end of one story and the beginning of another. Throughout her journey, Rebecca continues to synthesize how her family’s story flows into the river of history that continues to define the lives of generations of Southeast Asian people.
Your tax-deductible contributions will support THOR’s mission as a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to developing and maintaining sustainable off-road recreational trails in Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa by providing expertise, manpower, and resources.
About Rebecca Rusch
Rebecca Rusch is an American endurance athlete whose career has spanned across numerous sports including climbing, adventure racing, whitewater rafting, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking. Rusch has 7 World Championship titles to her name, was a member of the US National whitewater rafting team, and captained the XXX Team on multiple expeditions on the Emmy winning Discovery Channel program Eco-Challenge.
Rusch’s experience expands beyond athletics as well; she is also the event producer behind Rebecca’s Private Idaho, author of Rusch to Glory, advocates and motivational speaker. She has been named the active.com’s #6 World’s Top 100 Athletes, singletrack.com’s Mountain Biker of the Year, Sports Illustrated Adventure Racing Team of the Year, and Outside Magazine’s Top 20 Female Athletes of the Year.
Smoke’N’Fire 400 women’s record holder (2015)
4x Leadville 100 winner and women’s record holder (2009,2010,2011, 2012)
3 x Dirty Kanza 200 Women’s Champion (2012, 2013, 2014)
Kokopelli Trail Women’s Record Holder (2013)
24 Hours of Moab solo mountain bike race, 2nd (2007)
Mountain X-Games Adventure Race, 1st Women’s Team (2007)
24 Hours of Moab Women’s team, 1st (2005)
2 x National XC Single-speed Champion (2011, 2013)
24 Hour Team Mountain Bike National Champion (2008, 2009,2011)
24 Hour Solo Mountain Bike National Champion (2006)
USAC National Singlespeed Champion: Sun Valley (2011)
USA National Marathon Championships, 4th (2008)
USA Cycling Ultra Endurance Series Winner (2006, 2007. 2009)
24 Hour Solo Mountain Bike National Championships, 2nd (2007)
24 Hour Orienteering National Champion (2006)
US Whitewater Rafting National Champion Team (2001 and 2002)
Idaho Short Track State Champion (2008 and 2009)
Idaho Cyclocross State Champion (2009)
Gravel Bike Racing World Champion (2015)
World Master’s XC Champion (2010)
3-Time 24 Hour Solo Mountain Bike World Champion (2007, 2008, 2009)
Masters Cross Country Skiing World Champion (2008)
Eco Challenge Adventure Races (1997-2002)
Primal Quest Expedition Races (2002-2006)
Raid Gauloises Expedition Races (2000, 2002, 2003)
Raid Gauloises Adventure Racing World Championships, 1st (2003)
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