Ride the Andes: A Story of Endurance & Spirit
A Documentary Short Film
Running Time: 25min
Directed by Luke Michael Williams
After an 8-year hiatus from competitive sports, a visually impaired athlete returns to the Andes Mountains with 15 other special needs cyclists; battling his physical limitations and natural elements he must find the will to complete the 200 km course from Chile to Argentina through the Andes’ Paso Pehuenche.
This heartwarming and inspiring documentary follows Nicolás Cornejo, blind from birth, as he trains for his return to the world of competitive mountain biking.. We meet his family, friends and coaches along the way, as they create a portrait of this determined young man. After months of tireless training, Nico is prepared for the biggest challenge of his life; the Andes’ Paso Pehuenche.
Despite almost a full year of preparation, this ride through the Andes surpasses all their expectations. Ascending and descending over 6000 feet of elevation, they battle; time, fatigue and the natural elements. With 200 km in front of them Nico and his companions must dig deep to find out what they are capable of. Fighting for his dream is hard and will require an iron will if he is to meet the challenge.
This documentary shows Nico and a group of 15 other special needs athletes, their disabilities ranging from; visual, mental to physical. All of them accompanied by their coach Alejandro Dávila, a group of friends and friends who support this dream to fulfill.
Elevating the philosophy of the human spirit, this film shows what is achievable when one chooses to follow their will power over their physical limitations.