ProTour Team Cervélo TestTeam has released the first in a series of online films that promise to let fans experience the Tour de France from an insider’s perspective.
The High Definition video is the eighth episode in a documentary series called Beyond The Peloton that focuses on the ProTour team’s first season, with film makers Joe Finkleman and Booker Sim enjoying all-areas access to “show you what race footage fails to capture”.
Focusing on the riders while they are off the bike and the team management and other back room staff rather than the racing itself, the film provides a compelling fly-on-the-wall view of the day-to-day activities within a ProTour team competing in the sport’s flagship event.
Previous episodes in the series have focused on the team’s origins, the Tour of California, the Spring classics such as Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix, and the Giro d’Italia. All can be viewed online, in a variety of resolutions, at the website www.bartape.net and there are also versions available that are optimised for the Apple iPhone.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.