Film maker Benedict Campbell’s documentary about the 2012 Tour of Britain, called It Ain’t About Cav, is now available to watch in its entirety, and it's well worth a little over an hour of any cycling fan's time.
The film, originally intended to be much shorter until Campbell realised the wealth of material at his disposal, follows the eight stages of the race, which culminated in Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, then of Endura Racing, now with Team Sky, becoming the first British winner in its current format.
Tiernan-Locke and Rapha-Condor’s Kristian House narrate the film, shot in a mix of colour and black-and-white, and it was Campbell’s good fortune to follow the race in a year when it grabbed unprecedented public attention following the Olympics and of course Bradley Wiggins’ Tour de France win.
Wiggins rode the Tour of Britain – a kind of week-long lap of honour – as did then Sky team mate Mark Cavendish, in his final race in the rainbow jersey of world champion.
As for the title, in response to the question last year of how much Cav there is in the film, Campbell, an aspiring racing cyclist as a teenager until a motorcycle crash ended his dreams, said: "A fair amount - until I got bored of him".
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.