thursday 2 march

Leeds Carriageworks

TICKETS: £15 | Under 16s £7.50  
DOORS: 7pm | START: 7.30pm


Ex-pro mountain biker, long distance bike packer, one of the founders of The Adventure Syndicate, founder of Cycletherapy, Lee Craigie, inspires all with her epic feats of endurance.

Since quitting his life as a couch potato in 2005 Dave Cornthwaite got busy, so far completing eleven non-motorised journeys each over 1000 miles, including skateboarding across Australia, paddleboarding the Mississippi and swimming the Lower Missouri.

As well as hearing from Dave and Lee, we'll also be showing a selection of the best adventure films from around the world: be amazed by watching Johanna, the Finnish freediver who dives under the ice, and Tom Seipp, the fearless young cyclist with an incredible enthusiasm for long journeys on his bike, plus more of our favourite films from Kendal Mountain Festival 2016!!


Lee Craigie

Sarah Outen

Lee Craigie became the British Mountain Bike Champion in 2013 and represented Scotland at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, but the secret to her sporting success lay in her love of exploring big mountains by bike.

Fascinated by the places we can take ourselves emotionally by pushing our perceived limits, Lee's tales of adventure explore more than just the terrain she passes through. Join her for an insight into the euphoria and the darkness that can be found on a 500 mile non stop, self supported individual mountain bike time trial; The 2016 Highland Trail 550.

Lee became the UK 24 Hour Mountain Biking Champion in October 2016:

Before and after

Before and after

It was over. I’d ridden 23 laps in 24 hours. Approximately 245km and 8350m of climbing, 15 toilet stops, 2 packets of jelly babies, one pair of shorts, 20 litres of Ribena, 4 pork pies, the equivalent weight of a small child in banana flapjack, half a tub of Happy Bottom Bum Butter, one new favourite word (houfin’), countless new friends and title of UK 24 hour Mountain Bike Champion 2016”
— Lee Craigie

Dave Cornthwaite

Ash Dykes

Dave Cornthwaite is an British adventurer, writer and filmmaker. One of Dave’s earliest exploits was to become the first person to skateboard from John O'Groats to Lands End, 896 miles in 34 days.

However Dave is best known for his Expedition1000 project, a plan to undertake 25 separate journeys of 1000 miles or more, each using a different form of non-motorised transport.

Since 2011 his adventures have included a 2,340-mile Guinness World Record-setting journey down the Mississippi River from source to sea on a stand up paddleboard, and swimming 1,001 miles down the Missouri River. His most recent 1000 mile trip took him across Japan on a scooter.

A natural speaker and story-teller. Inspirational, candid and comical in equal measures. He is the perfect example of someone who turns ideas and dreams into realities.”
— Rob Symington, Founder, Escape The City


Leeds Carriageworks

The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 3AD