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I have watched a number of cycling films: 'The Road Uphill', 'The Ultimo Kilometre', 'American Flyer' and 'Ride the Divide'. There is also the film charting the Postal teams cycling exploits which is due out soon(ish).

There are not a lot of them. But I was wondering if people have a favourite? If so, why?

Does cycling make a good format for the silver screen, or goggle box?

What would you like to see more of?

Personally I would love a biopic of Gino Bartali made into a proper film and maybe a documentary based on 'The Death of Marco Pantani'.

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sorebones [139 posts] 4 years ago
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Breaking Away - the original and best!

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GREGJONES [298 posts] 4 years ago
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A Sunday in hell, I had to watch it alone because the wife insisted it wasn't her kind of film (Bridget Jones crap BTW).

Really inspired me to get out riding more in all weathers.

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pjay [254 posts] 4 years ago
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+1 for A Sunday in Hell.

As for Marco Pantani:

http://rouleurmagazine.wordpress.com/tag/pantani-film/

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pacef8 [14 posts] 4 years ago
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Their is a sport book tour doing the rounds at the moment. Matt Rendal talks about writing his book plus a clip of next years film release.

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Colin Peyresourde [1830 posts] 4 years ago
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I sort of wish there was a film that did justice to cycling like the Rapha marketing slots.

Something that captures the beauty, effort and elegance.

The Road Uphill caught some of that. Though they were restricted with the footage they could show.

I think there is a new one following a Dane and his efforts to break a track record.

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Colin Peyresourde [1830 posts] 4 years ago
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Is that the one where he sings operatically and tries to learn Italian?

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felixcat [486 posts] 4 years ago
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Colin Peyresourde wrote:

Is that the one where he sings operatically and tries to learn Italian?

If you mean Breaking Away, yes.

I enjoyed the scene where his dad comes downstairs from asking the boy to turn down the opera, looking stunned.

Wife says, "What's the matter?."
"He's shaving."
"What's wrong with that?"
"His legs?".

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Swami Dave [57 posts] 4 years ago
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Another vote for 'A Sunday In Hell', even in spite of the "Paaaaaariiiiiis Roooooooubaaaaaix" operatic soundtrack. Great film.

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glynr36 [637 posts] 4 years ago
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Sunday in hell for sure.
Chasing legends is a decent watch as well

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Dunluce [53 posts] 4 years ago
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Not quite in the category as the others, but what about Triplets of Bellville. Fantastic animation film.

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William Black [193 posts] 4 years ago
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Dunluce wrote:

Not quite in the category as the others, but what about Triplets of Bellville. Fantastic animation film.

Must remind myself to watch that again I'm sure I've got in on video.

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blairscott [3 posts] 4 years ago
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I liked the Tom Simpson Documentary which was shown on bbc4 quite a few times, a couple of years ago. It was called 'Death On The Mountain'

Not currently available on bbc iplayer  2

Cycling films must be hot right now though 'cause Shane Meadows of This is England fame is currently working on a Bio Pic of the late great Tom Simpson, which could be ace

And a cycling documentary that I am definitely looking forward to also is a new project about David Millar due out in 2015, having seen some of the other work these guys have done I know this is gonna be well worth a watch.

Details here:
http://www.davidmillarfilm.com/

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blairscott [3 posts] 4 years ago
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To answer one of your questions though Colin,

[Does cycling make a good format for the silver screen, or goggle box?]

Absofreakinlutely.

Considering it's got the lot; thrills, spills, pills, drama, under dogs, punch ups, car chases, beautiful scenery, plot twists, strong characters, human frailty, skin suits, beautiful women (OK maybe not beautiful women, but if you squint early photos of Laurent Fignon look a bit like Cybill Shepherd in Moonlighting) a cast of thousands, electronic shifting, dropped chains and helicopters.

NB* I deliberately forgot to think about beautiful female cyclists when compiling this list so as (A) not to get distracted and (B) not to look like a dirty old perv.

Thinking of which I wonder if a Laura Trott biopic is in the pipeline.

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Puncheur-David [15 posts] 4 years ago
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another +1 for A Sunday in Hell.

The documentary on the HTC team at the Tour is good as well.

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thelimopit [144 posts] 4 years ago
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Totally recommend Premium Rush. It's cheesy and stupid and very 1980s, but the cinematography (they used GoPros for some shots) and editing really captures the thrills of urban cycling.

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Tony Farrelly [2919 posts] 4 years ago
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Bicycle Dreams, it's about the 2005 Race Across America and it's a simply stunning film about cycling. It's Dramatic, gripping and very poignant and you don't need to be a cyclist to enjoy it, although if you're not it will give you an idea of why people do it and become so obsessive.

Here's a link to our review.
http://road.cc/content/review/4879-auerfilms-bicycle-dreams-dvd

By the looks of the film website it's still available too

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Neil753 [447 posts] 4 years ago
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I've recently watched Robert Millar's "The High Life" - fantastic stuff!

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Colin Peyresourde [1830 posts] 4 years ago
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thelimopit wrote:

Totally recommend Premium Rush. It's cheesy and stupid and very 1980s, but the cinematography (they used GoPros for some shots) and editing really captures the thrills of urban cycling.

I thought that Premium Rush was pretty good. It seems a bit harsh to label it 1980s style since it was only in the last year or two.

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Colin Peyresourde [1830 posts] 4 years ago
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I think I would like to see that. I have 'Hell on two wheels' as an audio book. It too is about the Race Across America (RAAM) and sounded pretty amazing.

My only gripe about the audiobook was that it was narrated by some American's grandmother pepped up on Valium. It sort of took some of the competitive drama out of it. She had the sort of voice which suggested apple pie, self-help books and child development issues, not the raw aggression and steeliness of semi-professional athletes.

Sometimes I wonder why they get certain people to narrate these books - the guy who did Tyler Hamilton's sounded like he was in his late 50s, and seemed like a slightly odd choice.

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karlowen [65 posts] 4 years ago
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The greatest show on earth about the '74 giro is fantastic. Mainly for shots of cyclist raiding cafes, restaurants, delivery trucks, fan's coolboxes and anywhere else for refreshments.

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DonnyCampo [73 posts] 4 years ago
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Big big big fan of Chasing Legends which covers HTC's 2009 Tour. Great cinematography and music, fantastic "cast"; Aldag & Holm-the old married couple, Cav, Eisel, Voigt (the year of his big crash). I'll admit there is a little too much of Phil & Paul though (typically anything over 10 minutes is too much...)

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millhouse [30 posts] 4 years ago
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I watched Tom Simpson Death on the Mountain around a year ago, and many times since. I have even used it once while on a turbo trainer and found it really motivating. I find the 50/60/70's eras really interesting and I had heard stories about what happened when Tom Simpson sadly died in the Tour, so it was fascinating to see the footage and interviews with his team mates, ex Tour winners and journalists.
It is a real eye-opener when you see brandy being carried by riders, only four water bottles allowed per stage, much longer stages than they are today.
You can watch it on Youtube. They keep showing the approach to Mont Ventoux which is a bit annoying but it lets you experience the apprehension that the riders must have felt knowing that the climb was getting nearer and nearer.
Great documentary!

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richard85 [1 post] 4 years ago
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Chasing Legends is an amazing doc. the footage and music are incredible

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBNSNaDwmUg

Youtube link

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antonio [1168 posts] 4 years ago
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I video taped the beeb's Boardman v O'Bree documentary, I find it just as fascinating today as I did then. The homespun v the science, a real insight to men and their machines. Greatest moment came when O'Bree apologised to Chris after beating him in a pursuit semi final, magic.

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northstar [1107 posts] 4 years ago
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Quicksilver ; )

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Jack Osbourne snr [682 posts] 4 years ago
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Furious Cycling.

Shows the true grit and determination required to get to the top. Also features some fascinating insights into the R&D side of the sport.

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Jack Osbourne snr [682 posts] 4 years ago
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Furious Cycling.

Shows the true grit and determination required to get to the top. Also features some fascinating insights into the R&D side of the sport.

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ragtimecyclist [160 posts] 4 years ago
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DonnyCampo wrote:

Big big big fan of Chasing Legends which covers HTC's 2009 Tour. Great cinematography and music, fantastic "cast"; Aldag & Holm-the old married couple, Cav, Eisel, Voigt (the year of his big crash). I'll admit there is a little too much of Phil & Paul though (typically anything over 10 minutes is too much...)

I'd go along with that - looks great and the soundtrack works beautifully. I saw it at a cinema as part of a cycling film festival and on the big screen it was completely immersive. You probably have to go for the whole Cav-Eisel-Renshaw brothers-in-arms routine to really appreciate it!

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The _Kaner [1151 posts] 4 years ago
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The Flying Scotsman - Obree's biopic is quite an entertaining flick (IMO).
not so much about cycling in general, if you've read the book you'll know the background story....

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Kapelmuur [403 posts] 4 years ago
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My daughter has a DVD of a drama series based around the Ronde van Vlaanderen which she bought in Belgium. It's in Flemish and sub titled in French, but she managed to learn Flemish from it.

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