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Eighty seconds of calm and subtle animation

"Cycle" is a lovely little film, created by Israeli animator Amir Porat for the Israeli Maratoon 2013 contest, a competition in which film-makers were given five days to create a short animation from start to finish on the subject of the bicycle.

Cycle from CycleTeam on Vimeo.

“Cycle” starts with shots of several different people riding bicycles and then pans back to reveal they are pedaling thin air. Romantics might see this as the effortless joy and freedom that cycling brings, cynics might suggest that moving bicycles are a bugger to animate, especially when you less than a week to produce a short film.

Whatever, “Cycle” was good enough to come second in last year’s Maratoon. Sometimes you want to hear someone’s rambling thoughts that come to them whilst they’re noodling about on a bike, sometimes less is most definitely more.

Jo Burt has spent the majority of his life riding bikes, drawing bikes and writing about bikes. When he's not scribbling pictures for the whole gamut of cycling media he writes words about them for road.cc and when he's not doing either of those he's pedaling. Then in whatever spare minutes there are in between he's agonizing over getting his socks, cycling cap and bar-tape to coordinate just so. And is quietly disappointed that yours don't He rides and races road bikes a bit, cyclo-cross bikes a lot and mountainbikes a fair bit too. Would rather be up a mountain.