Here’s a nice short film of Central London as you seldom see it – not a car in sight as club cyclists take part in a group ride. The clue lies in the title, 5.45 Rouleur – the time each day when Regent’s Park Rouleurs meet up for their weekday morning ride.
The film, made by Gorilla Face Productions and voiced over by a monologue of one of the rider’s thoughts, lasts just four minutes and has been submitted to the Sundance London short film competition (vote for it using the links to the right of this page).
The film acts as a prelude to a longer documentary on the club, which meets up to ride around Regent’s Park each day, whatever the weather, and further afield at weekends.
Gorilla Face Productions says it is a new company with “a passion for shooting cycling and other action sports.”
It adds that its “ stylistic approach to capturing cycling is best described as an attempt to retain the traditional romance and cinematic beauty of the sport, whilst exploring new and innovative ways of filming that best encapsulate the experience of riding a bike.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.