Wednesday March 06, 2013 | 08:27 AM

The Lewiston Auburn Film Festival (April 4-7) may seem like a long ways off, but cyclists - and cancer survivors - need to put the event in their Google calendars now.

The major event of the festival is the world premiere of "The Peloton Project" on Friday, April 5. The 7 p.m. screening at Lyceum Gallery (49 Lisbon St., Lewiston) features pre-event ceremonies and a post-film reception and is highly likely to sell out.

Get $35 tickets to the screening here.

The big draw, besides it just being a great film combining cycling with the fight against cancer, is that Maine's most famous actor/doctor, Patrick Dempsey, is the executive producer. Ramsey Tripp, owner of Trademark R Productions in Lewiston, is the director. He lost his mother to cancer and he's doing what he can to fight the disease.

Here's a clip from the movie:

Tripp's documentary follows 40 cyclists in the 2012 Cancervive Peleton Project, which rolled from Alberta, Canada to Lewiston last October. Riders pedaled relay-team-style, 24 hours a day, for 10 days as they covered the more than 2,500 miles.

Along with the cyclists' journey along North American roadways, film-goers will also learn the stories of cancer survivors, those who are caregivers and one person who has just been diagnosed.

The film is informative and inspiring, and it's bound to make you want to get out and ride.

Read more about the Cancervive program here.

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