A trailer has been released for a new film called MAMIL that explores the phenomenon of middle-aged men in Lycra, featuring riders from Australia, the US and the UK.
Narrated by Phil Liggett, the film shows cyclists talking about how they got into cycling and what they get out of it.
Lasting 90 minutes, it was written and produced by Eleanor Sharpe and Nicholas Bird.
It recently premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival in South Australia and will now go on general release via Demand Films.
Here’s what they have to say about it on their website:
Middle Aged Men In Lycra! At last, the love that can finally be shared -- that of man for bike. We’ve shaved our legs and we’re here to stay!
Deal with us, as we sweep down hills on our bikes, stopping for nothing (except maybe a macchiato).
You might be queer in New York, you might be Christian in the midwest, you might be an Adelaide Fat Boy, you might be a lawyer or a cancer survivor, you might be hauling your middle-aged belly up the Col de Tourmalet or just popping down to the shops, you might be on a top-line Trek or a heap of junk, you might be wondering how you’re going to explain all of this to your missus, but you still thrill to the moving meditation of the bike.
Thanks to road.cc reader Rupert Englander, who blogs at www.themamil.co.uk and appears in the film, for the heads-up.
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.