Bicycle: The Documentary is raising money through a second crowdfunding campaign to see it through to completion.
Following a successful campaign that saw donations totalling more than £14,000, the people behind it are offering the remaining unsold perks from the first campaign here.
Filming for the documentary is underway with new interviews in the can with Sir Chris Hoy, Liam Phillips at the London Bike Show and at at the Coventry Transport Museum, with Carlton Reid and Steve Bagley.
The documentary makers are also keen to sell the remaining sponsorship slots and would like to talk to anyone who would like to become involved either as a sponsor or as a private investor.
The most recent teaser video can be seen below:
The film, called Bicycle, is being directed by BAFTA winner Michael B Clifford and award winning producer Pip Piper - both keen cyclists - while author and broadcaster Rob Penn is a creative consultant and contributor.
Various incentives are on offer to backers, ranging from a digital download of the finished film for those pledging £10 right up to an on-screen credit as executive producer for anyone stumping up £5,000 – for which you get extras too, including a Trek bike worth £1,000.
The film will get its world premiere in Yorkshire in July next year, shortly before the Tour de France Grand Départ there, and it will also be screened in cinemas across the UK.
British Cycling say they are “delighted to be supporting what will be a definitive film about the history and impact of the bicycle in Britain. British Cycling have played a significant role in this history and as such welcome the Bicycle film from the award winning filmmakers who are also keen cyclists. We would encourage all cyclists to see for themselves what the film currently in production is all about. "
Here’s the film’s synopsis:
In 2012, the British Cycling team won seven gold medals out of ten [track] events at the Olympics. In the same year, Bradley Wiggins became the first Briton to win cycling’s ultimate prize – The Tour de France.
So far 2013 has seen that success continue with Chris Froome winning the 100th edition of the Tour de France.
Meanwhile, on the streets, more and more people are taking to their bikes and braving a transport infrastructure that has long forgotten self-propulsion on two wheels.
Cycling in Britain, it would appear, has never been so popular. “Bicycle” tells the story of cycling in the land that invented the modern bicycle, it’s birth, decline and re birth from Victorian origins to today.
“Bicycle” will be made to coincide with another big year for British sport – the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the coming of the Tour de France to Yorkshire.
After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.