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6 Great Movies about Cycling

  • Monday, September 9, 2019
  • Posted By Benton Hart

Winter is just a breath away and one of the favorite pastimes of many Americans is movie watching. So, why not take a break from the superhero movies, sit back and watch a movie about something that shows how heroic the human spirit can be? Why not sit back and watch one of the many movies out there about cycling particularly the ones that have gotten it right about this wonderful activity. So, whether you're looking for a gift idea, entertainment for a fellow cyclist or inspiration for yourself, here's our list of some truly great feature-length films and documentaries devoted to cycling.

  • A Sunday in Hell (1976): This documentary tells of the 1976 edition of the Pari-Roubaix. This 273km-long route is as treacherous as it is famous. Numerous crashes are documented in this film which is seen from the eyes of cyclists, organizers and fans. Finally, the film features some of the biggest names in cycling of the era including Eddy Merckx, Roger De Vlaeminck, and Freddy Maertens.
  • Breaking Away (1979): Cycling experienced an up uptick in ridership when this movie first arrived in theaters 40 years ago. Director Peter Yates's coming-of-age tale about a group of friends in Bloomington, Indiana stars Dennis Christopher and Daniel Stern. The story involves Bloomington's annual bike race.
  • Half the Road: The Passion, Pitfalls, & Power of Women's Professional Cycling (2014): Directed by Kathryn Bertine, this documentary gives women's cycling the attention that it has long deserved. Berne explores the high and lows of a male-dominated sport with humor, frustration and hope.
  • Rising from the Ashes (2012): This documentary focuses on legendary American cyclist Jock Boyer as he helps members of Rwanda's first national cycling team prepare for the 2012 Olympic Games.
  • Stop at Nothing (2014): This film tells the story of the career of professional cycling's biggest boogeyman - Lance Armstrong. It splices together archival footage of Armstrong during his biggest victories and balances them with present-day interviews with former teammates, journalists, etc. And of course it shows Armstrong's fall from grace when it was revealed that he used performance enhancing substances to help his claim his victories.
  • The Flying Scotsman (2006): This British biopic tells the story of Scottish cyclist Graeme Obree who twice won the World Hour Record and was World Champion in the 4000m pursuit in 1993 and 1995. The film also speaks to Obree's battle with the establishment and also show his own battle with mental illness and depression.

These are just a few movies that cyclists may want to watch this summer So, compelling are some of these movies and documentaries that many non-cyclists have also been inspired and entertained by them as well. Many people find our Quebec bike tours equally inspiring. So, too are our Erie Canal vacations which are both exciting and educational.

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