New documentary series follows Sky and British Cycling as they target Tour and Olympic success (+ video trailer)

Sky Atlantic screens five-episode series British Cycling: Road to Glory following Wiggins, Brailsford and co throughout 2012

by Simon_MacMichael   August 28, 2012  

Bradley Wiggins (Photosport International)

If you were going to make a fly-on-the-wall document about Team Sky and Great Britain’s cyclists, this season would have been an obvious one to choose, with Bradley Wiggins targeting Tour de France success and a home Olympics in prospect four years after the success of Beijing.

Well, someone had Sky obviously agreed because this Thursday 30 August at 8pm sees the start of a five-part documentary series on Sky Atlantic and Sky Atlantic HD called British Cycling: Road to Glory.

Besides backing the ProTeam that bears its name, Sky is also sponsor of British Cycling, and among other things the series will follow Dave Brailsford as he carries out his dual role as performance director to the national team with that of team principal at Team Sky.

According to Sky the series, which is produced by Twofour, will “lay bare the extraordinary physical, psychological and tactical dimensions of both professional cycling and the bid for continued Olympic success at London 2012.”

A separate one-off documentary, directed by John Dower whose previous work includes the Channel 4 documentary, Thriller In Manila, will also be aired later this year, called Bradley Wiggins: Tour Of Duty.

It promises “a no-holds barred look at how one of Britain’s brightest sport stars balances his professional and personal life,” following his season as he prepares for the Tour de France and goes on to become the first British winner.

Obviously, to watch both you'll either need a Sky subscription yourself, or be very nice to someone you know who has one...
 

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Anyone know if this will go over to one of the other Sky channels eventually?
I dont have Sky Atlantic.

posted by Some Fella [500 posts]
28th August 2012 - 19:22

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Fantastic. Can't wait.

posted by Mr. Rossi [28 posts]
28th August 2012 - 21:39

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Well done Sky you f*ckwits isolate the series to the channel that you can only access if you have a Sky TV subscription.

Wouldn't have killed them to shown this on Sky1. Sad

posted by gazzaputt [166 posts]
29th August 2012 - 8:03

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Gazza - I think this is sky's way of saying, we put millions into cycling, how about you give us a few quid back - they are a business after all!

if i recall though, you have to pay for sky1, and if you are paying for sky1, then i think you get sky atlantic anyway.

Take a few GoPro's, attach 'em to a dashboard and drive 3,000 miles across America in 12 days. Sit back and enjoy the result! http://themartincox.co.uk/raam-2013/

posted by themartincox [177 posts]
29th August 2012 - 8:28

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... I don't care what documentary gets released, nothing will ever make me pay for TV.

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posted by G-bitch [294 posts]
29th August 2012 - 9:14

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You can get Sky1 though other providers such as Virgin, however Sky Atlantic is exclusive to Sky customers.

However I'm sure there will be an unofficial download available within a day or two through one of the many sites dedicated to that sort of thing.

posted by rjw [37 posts]
29th August 2012 - 9:31

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Martin - LeJogLe wrote:
Gazza - I think this is sky's way of saying, we put millions into cycling, how about you give us a few quid back - they are a business after all!

if i recall though, you have to pay for sky1, and if you are paying for sky1, then i think you get sky atlantic anyway.

Not if you are a Virgin Media or Freeview subscriber you don't.

posted by gazzaputt [166 posts]
29th August 2012 - 10:24

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IIRC the subs are only £1/month for the package that has Sky Atlantic. Big Grin

posted by Marauder [233 posts]
29th August 2012 - 11:31

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Brian Nichol wrote:
IIRC the subs are only £1/month for the package that has Sky Atlantic. Big Grin

Try £21.50 per month.

posted by rjw [37 posts]
30th August 2012 - 11:36

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Yawn

posted by DAG on a bike [41 posts]
30th August 2012 - 17:56

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No Sky? No View! Oh Well, No See; Because, I, No Pay to Watch Football Orientated TV.

posted by Mostyn [364 posts]
31st August 2012 - 15:36

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