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Films that include cycling as a main feature
Hello cycling fans!
Here is a listing of films that either feature a bicycle, are about cycling or in some way involve cycling. Descriptions have been taken from a variety of sources (many are listed at the bottom of the list). If you can think of other relevant films please e-mail me and let me know about them.
(click here for links related to cycling in Champaign County)

2 Seconds (1998)
Laurie, a downhill racer gets fired because of her slight overindulgence in irresponsibility. She meets Lorenzo, a cranky, ex-racer who owns a bike shop. The two become friends. Laurie gets a job with a local bicycle courier company, but the group is intent on shutting her out of their circles, making her life difficult and sad.
2 Seconds
24 Solo: One Man's Quest for a 7th World Title (2007)
24 Solo follows the gut-wrenching story of Chris Eatough on his quest for a 7th World Title in the unforgiving discipline of 24 Hour Solo mountain bike racing. In the face of increased pressure from sponsors, new competitors to the sport and a pregnant wife, Chris focuses his entire season on one race. Dark horse Australian National Champion, Craig Gordon challenges Chris to a level of intensity and exhaustion that leaves one rider with severe blood poisoning.
(available from the 24 Solo web site)
2 seconds
6 Day Bike Racer (1934) -- not available
A 1940's bike messenger wins the big 6-day race. A hard to find B/W film from the 40's. Lots of 6-day footage, starring era comedian, Joe E Brown.
(IMDb) -- posters available through
6 Day Bike Racer
60 Cycles (1965) -- Dir: Jean-Claude Labrecque
The eleventh St-Laurent long-distance bicycle race, in 1965, with participants from thirteen countries, and with 2 400 km of the Québec Gaspé countryside to cover in twelve days--a course longer than those of Italy, Belgium or Spain. With the curving landscape of this most picturesque province as backdrop, you see here a sports event where the challenge seems more personal than competitive.
(available from the National Film Board of Canada on VHS)
El Amateur (2000) -- Dir: Juan Bautista Stagnaro
Anything is possible if you have the heart! Alberto"Pajaro" Romero (Mauricio Dayub), a young man marginalized from society, is given a shot at glory when he tries to enter the Guinness Book of Word Records: He has to peddle 130 hours on his bicycle over the course of six days, with 20-minute rests every four hours! When he's not on his bike, Alberto pals around with his best buddy Lopecito (Vando Villamil), a meatpacker, and lusts after La Mora (Alejandra Puy), an attractive circus acrobat. You will laugh, cry, and be inspired by the struggle of an average Joe chasing after legendary recognition with the help of a loyal best friend and his true love. Todo es posible cuando le ponemos corazón! Alberto "Pájaro" Romero, un joven marginal, es dado la oportunidad de entrar el libro Guinness de los récords mundiales al pedalear 130 horas en su bicicleta durante 6 días, descansando 20 minutos cada cuatro horas! Cuando no monta su bicicleta Alberto está con su mejor amigo Lopecito, o sino con La Mora, una atractiva acróbata de circo. Usted reirá, llorará y se inspirará por la lucha de este simple mortal que busca un reconocimiento legendario con la ayuda de su mejor amigo y su gran amor. In Spanish With English Subtitles.
(text taken from
El Amateur
American Flyers (1985)
Sports physician Marcus persuades his unstable brother David to come with him and train for a bicycle race across the Rocky Mountains. He doesn't tell him that he has a cerebral tumor. While David powerfully heads for the victory, Marcus has to realize that the contest is now beyond his capabilities. Features great views of the Rockies and an insight in the tactics of bicycle races.
Note: Eddy Merckx is present (albeit briefly) to start the "Hell of the West" race.
Beasts of Burden (1993) -- not available
It depicts the hard side of the bike messenger's life and society. It may be realism, with emphasis on the unhappy side, but it certainly makes you want to avoid that life. It shows drugs and alcohol, insufficient money, an alienated approach to living, a very hard job.
Beijing Bicycle (2001)
Beijing: young men in packs, machismo, class divisions, violence, and indifference. Guei arrives from the country: toothbrushes, hotel foyers, and Qin, a rich neighbor in high heels, dazzle him. He gets a job as a messenger. The company issues him a bike, which he must pay for out of his wages. When it is stolen, Guei hunts for it. A student, Jian, has it; for him, it's the key to teen society - with his pals and with Xiao, a girl he fancies. Guei finds the bike and stubbornly tries to reclaim it in the face of great odds. But for Jian to lose the bike would mean humiliation. The two young men - and the people around them - are swept up in the youths' desperation.
Bicycle (2010)
First time director Germán Izquierdo Valero brings you the short story of a solitary man, whose methodical daily routine is disrupted by a mysterious situation involving his beloved bicycle.
Bicycle Corps: America's Black Army on Wheels (2000)
At the end of the 19th century, many military experts believed that the bicycle could replace the horse as a means of transporting troops. The colored 25th Infantry was chosen to test that theory. On June 14 1897 a small group of African-American soldiers, led by white officers and accompanied by a local newspaper reporter, departed Fort Missoula, Montana. Forty-one days and over 1,900 miles later, they reached their destination--St. Louis, Missouri--after traveling over every possible type of rugged terrain and enduring every kind of bad weather. This documentary film looks at how the Bicycle Corps came into being, and details the progress and hardships of their amazing journey.
Bicycle Corps
Bicycle Dreams (2009)
The Race Across America is an epic, 3000-mile bicycle race from the Pacific to the Atlantic. First held in 1982, RAAM is considered the most challenging sporting event in the world. Top riders finish in under 10 days, riding over 300 miles per day and sleeping only a few hours per night. Amid the sleepless grind, riders must endure the searing heat of the Mojave Desert, the agonizing climbs and descents of the Rockies, the driving winds of the Great Plains, and the twisting switchbacks of the Appalachians before the final sprint to the finish line in Atlantic City. With little prize money at stake, the fundamental goal of the race is simply to finish, a challenge half of all riders fail to meet.
(visit the Bicycle Dreams website)
Bicycle Dreams
Bicycle Thief (1948)
Antonio Ricci, unemployed for over two years, is overjoyed when he's finally given a job putting up posters. There's a catch, though - he needs a bicycle as a requirement of the job, so he pawns the family linen to get a pawned bicycle back. He goes off to his first day's work, truly happy for the first time in years - and the title of the film gives away what happens next...
B.I.K.E. (2007)
Two filmmakers infiltrate an underground bicycle club notorious for tall bike jousting. Taking place in the context of the 2004 Republican National Convention, B.I.K.E. is a riveting look into the ways in which identity is important for a collective of fiercely independent people.
(Fountainhead Transmedia, IMDb)
Bike Squad (2008, TV)
John Rook, and out of shape and surly police officer is not much liked among his fellow officers who wish nothing more than to see him fail. The Chief Inspector decides to send John to a remote unit called the Bike Squad hoping to see him and the other officers not much liked fail as well as the Bike Squad program. Determined not to fail, John and the other rejects decide to team together to prove to the Chief Inspector their value.
Bike Squad (TV)
BMX Bandits (1983) -- not available
Two BMX expert bikers and a friend of theirs (Kidman) become entangled with a group of bank robbers after discovering a carton of walkie-talkies.
A Boy, A Girl, and a Bike (1949)
When a local cycle club, invite a couple of new members to join them, little do the club realise, that they will soon be involved in a couple of illegal bookmakers putting the squeeze on the son of one of the Members, a stolen bike, a deserting soldier on the run from the police, and a love triangle, that's bound to lead to trouble. During the late 40's and the early 50's, there seem to be hundreds of these clubs. This film shows a fascinating look at a North Country mill town, with a refreshing absence of traffic jams, yellow lines , traffic wardens, and other things we have become accustomed to seeing on our roads today. (more)
A Boy, a Girl, and a Bicycle
Breaking Away (1979)
One reviewer subtitled it, the Boy Who Wanted to be Italian. The Stollers only child has graduated high school and (along with three friends) must decide what to do with his life. He won a bike in the year before opening scene and has become very good at racing, winning all the local trophies. His heroes are the Cinzano racing team from Italy. He begins listening to operas, learning Italian, and finally shaving his legs to cut down wind resistance. All of this is driving his father crazy. He even pretends to be an Italian exchange student when he meets a college girl. Set in the area around Indiana University, it dwells on the alienation between the college students and the locals, who are called 'Cutters' (as in Stone Cutters). How the four Cutters take on the fraternities in the yearly bike race, earning not only the college students' respect, but their peers as well is the focal point of the film. Summary written by John Vogel.
Interesting info tid-bit: One of the riders on the Italian team is Champaign-Urbana's own Chris Gutowski (who now operates VeloVacations in the sounth of France).
Breaking Away (1980 - 1981, TV series starring Shawn Cassidy) -- not available
This failed TV series was a direct spinoff of the very successful movie (Barrie, Haley and Ashton continued their roles). Four buddies live in Bloomington IN, facing life as working class "cutters" in a college town. Focus is on Dave and his $1200 La Strada bike.
Clean Spirit: In the Heart of the Tour (2014)
Too many doping scandals have damaged the sport of cycling. But Clean Spirit introduces us to one pro cycling team that strives to compete the "right way" - and in the process has launched the careers of two of the most talented riders of this generation, Marcel Kittel and John Degenkolb. The two young sprinters, along with their teammates, are determined to show that winning is possible without doping. As we follow the team during the 100th edition of the Tour de France, the excitement builds as stage wins and the yellow jersey are on the line. Like the classic A Sunday in HellClean Spirit shows much more than just the race. We see the team in their hotel rooms, on the team bus, on training rides, at meals and massage, in team meetings, and celebrating (or commiserating) after victories, defeats and crashes. Most of all, we see a team dedicating to competing cleanly, and putting their heart and soul into success on the road. 88 minutes
(visit the Clean Spirit web-site)
Clean Sprit
Contested Streets (2006)
"Contested Streets" Explores the history and culture of New York City streets from pre-automobile times to the present. Central to the story is a comparison of New York to what is experienced in London, Paris and Copenhagen and how limiting automobile use has improved air quality, minimized noise pollution and enriched commercial, recreational and community interaction. London's congestion pricing scheme, Paris's BRT (bus rapid transit) and Copenhagen's bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure are all examined in depth. 57 minutes
(visit the Contested Streets web-site)
Contested Streets
La Course en Tete (Head of the Field)
This outstanding film follows Belgian cycling star Eddy Merckx at the peak of his career through Europe's best races. "A glorious study of a rider who dominated an entire cycling generation... A must-see for cyclists of all ages. It's inspirational: a study in determination for some viewers and much needed classroom instruction for others. Overall, it's a fine piece of alternative entertainment." - Bicycle Guide
Straight from the WCP archives, an eye-popping, jaw-dropping show that will leave you in pain. You'll see crashes from the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia, the Spring Classics, and even crashes from the 50s and 60s! Here are some of the worst sprint crashes ever recorded, including Abdoujaparov's unforgettable crash on the finish line of the Tour de France: he looks like a rag doll sliding accross the pavement. Plus, Jalabert's crash at the Tour, which left a policeman with a broken leg. How about Hincapie going head over heels into a ditch at Roubaix, Gianni Bugno punching a fan with his bike wheel, and Andy Hampsten punching a fan with his fist on his way up Alpe d'Huez? Eddy Merckx runs over a dog, riders run into cars, and more. In glorious color, full speed and slow motion. 85 minutes.
Cycling Shorts (2012, Dir: Joe Biel)
What is bicycle culture? It’s what you make of it. Anything can happen: Activists educate the policymakers. Bureaucrats create whimsical public art. Strangers help each other move house by bike. Corporations turn their drive-thrus into bike thrus. Joe Biel’s short movies explore all these phenomena and more as he follows the emergence of modern bike culture over the last ten years of riding the streets of US cities and meeting the characters who are making the magic happen. The twenty eight short documentaries include Martinis in the Bike Lane, One Less Truck, Burgerville’s Bike-ThruTraining for Carmageddon, Hunter-Gatherers Never Looked This GoodDisabled Cyclists, Sunday Parkways, Last Train Out of North America, and many more.
(visit the Cycling Shorts website)
Cycling Shorts
The Cyclist (1987, Iran)
The wife of Nasim, an Afghan immigrant in Iran, is gravely ill. He needs money to pay for her care, but his day labor digging wells does not pay enough. A friend connects Nasim to a two-bit promoter who sells tickets to watch Nasim ride a bicycle continuously for a week. The promoter brings in sick and aged spectators, haranguing them to find hope in Nasim's strength. Aided by his son, who feeds him as he rides, Nasim grinds out the days and shivering nights. Local officials believe this may be a plot and Nasim may be a spy; they try to sabotage him as do those who bet he won't finish the week. Will desperation alone get Nasim the money? Is any triumph an illusion?
The Cyclist (2012)
The painful and humorous journey of a selfish athlete who is now down on his luck unable even to keep his job as a bike messenger. He finds a way to redeem his life through the support of friends and by learning that to break from the large group of bikers, the peloton, the winning cyclist must first work with the team.
Cyclists Special (1955)
From BFI: "A novel film about how British Railways can cater for audax or touring cyclists, which can be found on the second of the BFI’s DVD compilations of British Transport Films. Probably one of the first films to make reference to the cycling ‘bonk’, when a rider doesn’t take on enough food, this short colour film provides a comprehensive guide to bicycle touring around Britain. In the words of H.H. England, editor of Cycling magazine, “a cycling tour without a map is like new potatoes without the smell of mint”. Although a map in the jersey pocket is on the decline with the advent of GPS, this wonderful short film still feels relevant today, especially for anyone who’s experienced the freedom of hopping on a train with their bike to discover the great British countryside."
(watch the full film on YouTube)
Cyclists Special
The Day I Became a Woman (2000, Iran)
This is the story of women at three stages of life in Iran. The first part centers on a young girl on her ninth birthday who is told that she can no longer play with the boys she had been playing with only the day before because she is now a "woman". Told from the perspective of a nine year old "woman" who does not feel like or know what that label refers to, we see how devastatingly this affects both the girl and the boy with whom she had been friends. The second part is about a young woman who decides to enter a bicycle race against her husband's wishes. As first the husband and then increasing numbers of men from the village ride beside her to convince her to return home, the race begins to symbolize a freedom she desperately wants from the limitations which have been placed on her. Finally, the third part shows us an old woman who has come into some money and is now free to do what she wants. The way she chooses to use this freedom, however, makes one wonder just how free she is.
A Day Out (1972) (TV) -- not available
Alan Bennett's first work for television is a beautiful, simple picture of a Halifax cycling club's outing to Bolton Abbey in the summer of 1911. It is a hot summer day, and not much happens - but the play is packed with incident as the club members from across the social spectrum interact with each other and the locals they meet. the naive optimism is countered by a brief epitaph in 1919, as the survivors of the World War commemorate the dead. The black and white drama is doubly nostalgic, not only with the near perfect portrait of 1911 Yorkshire, but also of the high-quality early efforts of Bennett and Stephen Frears at the beginning of their careers over 30 years ago. Well worth watching. (Dir: Stephen Frears)
Emmanuel's Gift (2005) (Doc)
This film chronicles the life of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, a young Ghanaian man born with a severely deformed right leg, who today, against incalculable odds, is opening minds, hearts and doors-and effecting social and political change throughout his country. Emmanuel begins his quest with a bicycle ride, over 600 kilometers, across Ghana with one leg-and continues to spread his vision with grit and resolve. Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern have been documenting Emmanuel's plight for over a year, having shot over 100 hours of powerful imagery. The film includes original footage shot in Ghana, California, Oregon and New York, as well as photographs and other acquired film/video of Emmanuel's early years. Through it all, they have created an intimate insight into the mind and heart of a visionary whose unforgettable journey transcends continents and cultures and becomes each of ours to share. (paraphrased from
Fausto Coppi Story / Jacques Anquetil: the Man, the Mystery, the Legend
World Cycling Productions' DVD of The Fausto Coppi Story / Jacques Anquetil is a combined edition of two programs on one DVD; each program had previously been sold separately on VHS. This DVD "double feature" offers an interesting documentary look at two of the legends of professional bicycle racing: the Italian Fausto Coppi and the French Jacques Anquetil. (from
The Flying Scotsman (2006)
The Flying Scotsman is a feature film based on the remarkable true story of Scottish cyclist Graeme Obree (played by Johnny Lee Miller). In 1993, and as an unemployed amateur, Obree broke the world one-hour record on a bike of his own revolutionary design, which he constructed out of old BMX frames, scrap metal and parts of a washing machine. His record was beaten by Chris Boardman just one week later.He went on to regain the title a year later. (read about Graeme Obree on wikipedia)
Ghislan Lambert's Bicycle (Le Vélo de Ghislain Lambert) (2001)
In the 70s, there was Merckx and there were the others. Ghislain Lambert was one of the others. This is his story, a quite simple one. The story of a modest Belgian bike racer. His greatest ambition in life? To become a champion. His greatest tragedy? Not having the legs his heart deserves.
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Story of the 1974 Giro d'Italia
Made more than 20 years ago, this brilliant documentary shows the majestic beauty that is the Giro d'Italia. It's said that Eddy Merckx's Molteni boss wept like a child in the arms of his beaming star, who went on to win cycling's magical triple crown by taking the Tour de France and the World Championships. Experience the riders' anguish and joy; the organizers' difficulties; and the adoring tifosi's passion. With stunning cinematography, this epic film goes inside the Giro's heart and soul, from its opening sequence of the Pope blessing the riders through Merckx's awesome battle with Gimondi to win his fifth Giro by a mere 12 seconds, equaling the record held by Alfredo Binda and Fausto Coppi. This cinematic masterpiece might be the greatest ever made on bicycle racing.
Half the Road (2014)
HALF THE ROAD is a documentary film that explores the world of women’s professional cycling, focusing on both the love of sport and the pressing issues of inequality that modern-day female riders face in a male dominated sport. With footage from some of the world’s best UCI races to interviews with Olympians, World Champions, rookies, coaches, managers, officials, doctors and family members, HALF THE ROAD offers a unique insight to the drive, dedication, and passion it takes for a female cyclist to thrive.  Both on and off the bike, the voices and advocates of women’s pro cycling take the audience on a journey of enlightenment, depth, strength, love, humor and best of all, change & growth.(more)
Half the Road
Hammer and Cycle (2004)
“Hammer and Cycle: The Habitat for Humanity Bicycle Challenge Documentary” weaves together the accounts of four riders as they endure myriad difficulties and celebrate thrilling triumphs with the entire HBC crew. While they wear the same jersey and ride for the same cause, these four Challengers reflect the genuine diversity that the Habitat Bicycle Challenge embodies. (more)
Hammer and Cycle
In this documentary over ten women are chosen to make a commentary on female athletic performance. Over a period of 2 seasons, HARDIHOOD examines female downhill mountain bike racers. Beginning with Monday and ending on Sunday; animation's, weather reports, and the girls daily process, honor the seven successive days (1 week). Join Missy Giove, Marla Streb, Jacquie Phelan, and other brave women in their natural environment: the dirt. Some of them, like Missy and Marla, take on the pro downhill mountain biking circuit - flying down steep, gnarly trails at 50+ mph on tricked out custom bikes. When they're not racing, they endure the tedium of travel, training, hanging out...
(check out the official Har-di-Hood web site)
Hard Road
THE HARD ROAD follows a first year professional cycling team through an entire season, documenting their struggle to pursue a dream at any cost. While the canvas of the film is the gritty subculture of American professional bike racing, what arises are issues of loyalty, integrity, commitment, and self-knowledge in a singularly self- sufficient world in which justice is meted out by the sport itself. Follow the riders into their homes and hotel rooms; along in the van and behind the scenes of the races for an inside look at their camaraderie and triumphs, as well as their disappointments, hardship and sacrifices. Two grizzled veterans mentor six rookies, as they try to break into the ultra-elite hierarchy that is pro cycling. For the team, financial reward, a certain future and social normalcy are some of the things that must be sacrificed in exchange for a soul-deep engagement with something essential in themselves.
(check out "The Hard Road" web page)
Hollentour (Hell on Wheels) (2004)
The world's most famous bicycle race, Le Tour de France, celebrated its 100th birthday in 2003. Pepe Danquart's film records the centenary race in all its glory and its harsh reality - the fierce competition, the pain, the courage, as well as the triumphs - all of it set against the spectacular beauty of the French countryside. The film also surveys the genesis and history of the race, and looks at the gigantic organisation behind it.
Pepe Danquart won an Oscar in 1994 for his short film, BLACK RIDER. His other documentaries, including HOMEGAME (2000), have won many other awards. 

Hugo's Magic Pump -- not available
Hugo is the winningest 6-day racer in Italy, beating everyone, including the Mafia's 'Fixed' riders. To stop losing gambling moneys, the Mafia decides to wear Hugo down by throwing beautiful women at him, hoping to reduce his endurance and stamina. This Adult movie from the late 70's was Competitive Cycling Magazine's choice for best cycling footage in the era before 'Breaking Away'.

(does anyone own a copy of this? will you make me a copy? e-mail me)

Hugo's Magic Pump 
The Impossible Hour (1968)
Follow Danish racing star Ole Ritter as he tries to regain his record for the hour ride. He had set the record in 1968, only to have it shattered by Eddy Merckx in 1972. A film about human limits and the quest for the heroic. Directed by Jorgen Leth.
(currently available from World Cycling with "Stars and Watercarriers")
Into the Thunder Dragon (featuring Kris Holm)'s newest video from the talented filmmaker Sean White, featuring unicycling masters Kris Holm and Nathan Hoover. Men's Journal (Dec 2005 issue) names Into The Thunder Dragon one of the 20 best adventure DVDs of all time, alongside such films as Brad Pitt's A River Runs Through it and Touching the Void.
Jour de Fete (1949)
Once a year the fair comes for one day to the little town 'Sainte-Severe-sur-Indre'. All inhabiters are scoffing at Francois, the postman, what he seems not to recognize. The rising of the flagstaff under his direction nearly leads into a catastrophy - but everybody tells him, how important his work is. Sneering up Francois continues in the evening of the festive day. Made drunk, some 'friends' persuade him to watch a short-movie in a tent. This film is a stunt-show, covered as 'The modern delivery-techniques of the US-post. Francois takes it serious, not recognizing being teased. Next day, after getting sober in a goods wagon, he reorganizes his own delivery-methods. He has not the equipment, as his ideals in the short-movie have, but using only his bicycle, he makes good, funny progresses.
The Kid with a Bike (2011, Belgium)
Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In a random act of kindness, the town hairdresser agrees to foster him on weekends.
The Kid with a Bike
Klunkerz (2006)
Klunkerz is a fast-moving documentary that traces the global rise of mountain biking from it’s Marin County roots, a gonzo sport long favored by fearless iconoclasts. An outgrowth of the Bay Area’s late-’60s early-’70s hippy counterculture, mountain biking got its start right in MVFF’s backyard. Pot-smoking adrenaline junkies from Mill Valley, Larkspur and surrounding towns took their pre-World War II bicycles known as klunkerz due to their fat tires to the top of Mt. Tamalpais. Then hurled themselves down dirt paths, risking life and limb in search of a killer high. People formed amateur bike leagues and tricked-out their two-wheelers with junkyard finds; spectacular wipe-outs made local guys national legends, and this mud-splattered hobby became an international craze and Olympic sport. Archival footage, rare photos and interviews with klunkerz trailblazers merge in this terrific film that races downhill toward mountain-bike bliss. Starring: Joe Breeze, Gary Fisher, Alan Bonds, Charlie Kelly, Tom Ritchey, Russ Mahon, Bob Burrowes, Wende Cragg, Charlie Cunningham, Otis Guy, Jaquie Phelan, Steve Potts, John Finley Scott, Robert Stewart, Fred Wolf
(official site)
The Last Kilometer (2012)
L'Ultimo Chilometro is a film totally dedicated to a passion, an emotion, a sport: Cycling. The movie follows the story and an entire cycling season of “the old” Davide Rebellin, 42 years old and still fighting in the peloton after many victories and scandals (3rd at Italian Championships, 2013!), and “the young” Ignazio Moser, promising 20 years old son of cycling champion Francesco Moser. The famous italian journalist Gianni Mura, Tour de France correspondent since 1967, helps us to discover what cycling was and what it has become today, after doping scandals, passion, epic, richness and decadence.
Finally, a bit of madness and insane joy is brought into the movie by Didi Senft, better known as El Diablo, a living and metaphorical symbol of all cycling fans, with their passion and their enthusiasm. L'Ultimo Chilometro is a portrait of cycling.
(official site)
The Last Kilometer
Last Ride and/or The Great Vermont Bicycle Toss
This very special film features bicycle mechanics who once a year meet in the dense Vermont hinterland to smash, clash, and trash bicycles in order to rid themselves of their frustrations. The theme behind the film, illustrated by the mechanics who design, costume and destroy their outlandish bicycles, is the chasm between creativity and destruction.
(available from Edwards Films)
Last Ride
Let's Roll (2013)
In July 2011, six Los Angeles firefighters bicycle 3,300 miles in 45 days across America to honor those lost on September 11Th. Staying in firehouses along the way, they battle severe weather, physical injuries, and group conflict, which causes them to question if they can actually make it to New York. They thought firefighting was tough until they embarked on 'The Ride for 9/11.' This ride raised funds for the Leary Firefighters Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project.
(on Facebook: Let's Roll)
Let's Roll
Little Miss Marker (1980)
A depression era bookie (Walter Matthau) gets stuck with a little girl, left as an IOU (marker). Only about 5 minutes of 6-day racing in this one. The track is a portable one, built by the same builder as the portable Atlanta Olympic Velodrome.

Maryada Ramanna (2010)
Goodhearted but unlucky bicycle-deliveryman Ramu learns that he owns five acres in his parents' hometown in Rayalaseema, and sets out to sell the land. He befriends his fellow train passenger, the beautiful and charming artist Aparna, called Appu for short. Appu's family welcome him, before realizing he is a descendant of their sworn enemy from a violent long-standing family feud. The family's own strict rules of hospitality require them to treat Ramu well while he remains under their roof, but they plan to kill him the moment he steps over the threshold...

Watch the trailer on YouTube.

Maryada Ramanna
Need for Speed (2000)
So you thought you knew New York? Well, get to know an entirely different New York, seen through the eyes of the city's hippest sub-culture: the hard core bicycle messengers. They adhere to only one motto, 'Either you get better or you get dead'. THE NEED FOR SPEED propels you into the fast and dangerous lives of these adrenaline addicts and their personal struggle for freedom and independence. They are the last free spirits in America, or as Steve 'the Greek' puts it, 'I'm Marco Polo, doomed to New York!
(director Katharina Otto's biography)
Need for Speed
Off Road to Athens
This feature length documentary follows the top US pro mountain bikers around the world for six months as they chase international points that determine who will represent the United States at the 2004 Olympics. Off Road to Athens offers the viewer an unparalleled cinematic glimpse into the high-states, high-stress, high-energy world of professional mountain biking.
(visit the official Off Road to Athens web site)
One Less Car
"One Less Car" is a whimsical celebration of the 40,000 New Yorkers who regularly forego gas guzzlers in favor of "zero emissions vehicles" (also known as bicycles). One of over 6 films commissioned for the Live Earth concerts and awareness events of July 2007. Shown on the Sundance Channel and MSN.
(visit the official One less Car web site)
One Less Car

One Tired Guy (2001)
OK, this isn't really a bicycling film -- but, it's a uni-cycling film (and the only one I'll include on this list). KRIS HOLM defines new freeride mountain unicycle standards in this extraordinary collection of action and adventure films. ONE TIRED GUY features:"SKILLETTO" - Winner of a Jury Award at Telluride Mountainfilm '01, this film highlights Kris riding the Vancouver North Shore, urban trials, and very scary slickrock atop the Stawamus Chief in Squamish, BC. "WHITETRAX" - Think that mountain unicycles are only good for rocks and dirt? Think again. Watch Kris tackle mogul ski slopes, steep hardpack and a snowboard terrain park in Whistler. Winner, Jury Award, Banff Mountain Film Festival '03. "UNIZABA" - An adventure on Mexico's highest volcano, El Pico de Orizaba. Kris is joined by Nathan Hoover as they ride terrain ranging from rooftops in Mexico City to rock-strewn slopes on a wild descent down Orizaba's south face. Winner, Jury Award, Telluride Mountainfilm '02 and Kendall Mountain Film Festival '02. "FAT TIRE FURY" - Kris ups the ante with more big drops, narrow logs and high exposure on the guard railing of the Burrard Street Bridge. Plus interviews, outtakes, bonus footage and more!
(for more info on Kris Holm check out his web page)

Onna Keirin-ō (1956)
A classic Japanese black-and-white Keirin track film directed by Haku Komori.

Miki, a daughter of a tiny fish storeowner in a mountain village, gains confidence riding a bicycle because of her morning routine of riding to the fish market. Miki starts training very hard at the Nippon Keirin School and begins to ride the road to success on the way to becoming a Keirin Queen.

Onna Keirin
Overcoming (2005)
“Instant Classic” Documentary Tracks Team CSC’s 2004 Season. One of the best cycling films in decades is now available through WCP. Danish filmmaker Tomas Gislason spent last year’s cycling season, including the Tour de France, capturing the joys and sorrows, the triumphs and the disappointments, the dogged pursuit of endurance and the emotional highs and lows of the team members and directeur sportif Bjarne Riis, whose impact on the sport continues significantly after his career as a top cyclist. The film, aptly titled “Overcoming”, presents in moving yet excruciating detail the pain and glory that characterize one of the world’s most popular sports. Not since Jorgen Leth’s classic “The Hell of the North” has there been a film that so perfectly distills the rich essence of cycling into gripping, cathartic cinema.
Pagan Rites in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom
An English professor relates the destruction of bicycles to rodeo cowboys and the medieval "Feast of Fools;" an American Studies professor sees the bike toss as a criticism of capitalist society; an economist explains the theory of motivation behind actions, while an anthropologist sees these "rituals" as a return to certain tribal customs, which may very well be necessary (and almost lost) in modern society. A spoof on creation and destruction--forces inherent in all of us.
(available from Edwards Films)
Pagan Rites in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom
Pedal (Book + DVD)
In Pedal, Sutherland documents bike messengers competing in the 2005 Cycle Messenger World Championships in New York City. Going straight to the center of this urban subculture, Sutherland serves up compelling portraits of the competitors from dozens of countries, in motion and at ease, checking out each other’s bags, lingering over modifications to bikes and bodies. Between events like sprints, distance racing, and skid contests, Sutherland shows us the riders’ elegant physicality, complex individuality, and unique community that crosses boundaries of race, gender, age, and class. And he doesn’t shy away from the blood and bruises that come part and parcel with the messenger’s life. Sutherland delves deep into the world of the messengers—a world usually seen from the outside—and returns with a dynamic document that evokes the unbridled anarchy and energy of its inhabitants. (more)
This 38-minute documentary follows the adventures of S.C.A.B. (Skids Creating Apocalyptic Bicycles), a roving gang of bicyclist- artist- philosophers hell-bent on ridding the world of automobiles. Using trash nabbed from the Madison streets, S.C.A.B. recycles junked ten-speeds and kids' scooters into nightmarish vehicles of urban terrorism. Between infiltrating events sponsored by tamer bicycle enthusiasts and wedging ill-fitting Huffies together with hacksaws and butterknives, S.C.A.B. members find time to muse on anarchy, consumer culture, proper bunny-hopping technique, the failure of the media and the purpose of art. "It's an experiment in phenomenology," says S.C.A.B. co-founder Michael Spelman, "but it's also nice to piss off cars."
(visit the official Pedalphiles web site)
Pee Wee's Big Adventure (1985)
The love of Pee-wee Herman's life is his bicycle. When it is stolen, he is send on a wild cross country adventure after a fortune teller tells him his bicycle is in the basement of the Alamo. Along the way, Pee-wee encounters an escaped convict, a waitress with wanderlust and a jealous boyfriend, and a mysterious female truck driver.
Pour un Maillot Jaune (1965)
A wonderful film of the 1965 Tour de France made by acclaimed and Oscar-winning French film Director Claude Lelouch. The film is unique in that it has no narration, only beautiful images of the Tour to tell the story! Recognized as one of the best films ever made about the Tour, "Pour un Maillot Jaune" has everything the Tour was in the 1960's and reveals the heartbreak and drama. Enjoy this loving testimony to the enduring appeal of the world's greatest bike race.
(description taken from Vintage Velos)

Premium Rush (2012)
Wilee is one of 1,500 bike couriers in Manhattan who rides on the edge by having a bike with no brakes. On this day, Wilee has a delivery that is so valuable that a corrupt NYC Detective, who needs the money, begins to chase Wilee throughout the city to get it before the envelope is delivered. Written by Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)

(official Premium Rush website)

Premium Rush
Pro: A Feature Documentary
"PRO" takes viewers on an unforgettable ride into the ultra-elite world of the superstars of professional bike racing: Bobby Julich, Chris Horner, Freddie Rodriguez, Mike Sayers, Gord Fraser, Henk Vogels, Mark McCormack, Jonas Carney, Trent Klasna, Michael Creed, Erik Saunders, Tim Johnson and more. These superstars and their teams star in "PRO", director Jamie Paolinetti's follow up film to the cult phenomenon, The Hard Road.
(check out the official "Pro" web site)
Pure Sweet Hell
Pleasure and pain, glory and defeat, mud and...more mud, Pure Sweet Hell tells the story of cyclocross, a sport that has emerged as bike racing's punk rock cousin. Told from an insider's perspective, the filmmakers traveled to 'cross competitions throughout North America, dug up vintage photos and film footage, and followed 'cross luminaries Justin Robinson, Gina Hall, Barry Wicks and Rick Hunter. Shot entirely on Super 8 and supported by experimental rock music, Pure Sweet Hell surfaces both the strong community behind the solitary sport and the grace that arises amidst all of its grit.
Quest (2003)
The Giro Italia is arguably one of the most difficult stage races in the professional cycling arena. The Quest takes a behind the scenes look at one of the worlds top cycling teams and finds a family underneath. Nine riders, one manager, three directors, three mechanics, five souginers and a bus driver journey for twenty-three days and live the drama, the dream and excitement of every pedal repetition, all selflessly fighting for Gilberto Simoni to realize his dream. Simoni, after winning in 2001, had the race ripped from his hands in 2002 by accusations of drug use. Ultimately exonerated, he has spent a year waiting to unleash the fight for redemption on his home arena and hoist the trophy of champion aloft for those who never stopped believing in their star. Heros storm the century-old roads of this most majestic country and fight to see who will be crowned the king. From the shores of Sicily in the south to the viciously steep Zoncolan in the north, these men seek victory and the Maglia Rosa for 2003. Along the way see the reigning World Champion, Mario Cippolini; make history by winning more stages in the Giro than any other rider and Marco Pantani wage what will be his last battle on the world stage of professional cycling. The passion, drama and excitement of this Grand Tour are played out across one of the most beautiful landscapes in the entire world. Narrated by Phil Liggett. Italian with English subtitles.

(Check out the official Quest web site)
Quest 2 (2006)
After the success of the first film, Greg St Johns (part of the CSI production team) takes us on a behind-the-scenes journey following the Saunier Duval team and including the 2006 Tour de France. See behind the scenes, with interviews with the entire team, plus interviews with Levi Leipheimer, Floyd Landis, Chris Horner, and Cadel Evans. Tons of great Tour footage!

A much anticipated sequel to first film, THE QUEST
The Quest 2
Race Across America (2013)
This is the story of the RAAM Roses, an amateur British cycling team attempting Race Across America, the toughest bicycle race on the planet. Plucky foursome Ollie, Tim, Woodsy and Anna are determined to break the world record for the fastest mixed team to complete the course – but they’re up against it. Although visually dazzling, the 3,000 mile route – stretching from the west to east coast of the USA – is notoriously punishing, even for experienced athletes. Woodsy is a heavy-set rugby player and Anna has never ridden a road bike before. From the start, the team suffers injuries and setbacks. Will the group conquer their mental and physical exhaustion to fulfil their dream and break the record?
(official Race Across America website)
Quicksilver (1986)
Jack Casey (Kevin Bacon)
used to be a hot-shot stock market whiz kid. After a disastrous professional decision, his life in the fast lane is over. He loses his nerve and joins a speed delivery firm which relies on bicycles to avoid traffic jams of New York City. He soon is attracted to a fellow bicycler, Terri, and befriends Hector, a budding entrepreneur. Can Jack regain his nerve and his self-respect, and rebuild his life on a more sound basis?
race across america (2013)
Race Acros the Sky (2009)
Race Across the Sky 2009 delves into the booming popularity of bike racing, including record numbers of citizen riders, all with their own personal reasons for challenging themselves to this epic test of will, strength and endurance.
  • Joined by the toughest elite field this high-altitude century race has ever seen, these riders are tested by one of the most brutal courses known to the sport. From the center of the little mining town of Leadville, Colorado, to the 12,570-foot top of Columbine Mine
  • Get ready to be inspired
    (official Race Across the Sky website)
  • Race Across the Sky
    Race Acros the Sky 2010 (2010)
    In 2009, "Race Across the Sky" captured the imagination of mountain bikers all over the world when Lance Armstrong won the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race, and also set a new course record that seemed impossible to accomplish. This year, with the most elite mountain bike field this high-altitude century race has ever seen, these riders are tested by one of the most brutal mountain bike courses known to the sport. Race Across the Sky 2010 starts at the center of the little mining town of Leadville, Colorado, to the 12,570-foot top of Columbine Mine, get ready to be inspired all over again.
    (official Race Across the Sky website)
    Race Across the Sky
    Race Day with Robbie Ventura (2007)
    Using bike-mounted cameras, this ground-breaking training DVD places you alongside pro-coach Robbie Ventura in an elite-level, national criterium race. You've never trained like this before, and once you have, you'll never want to go back to the old way. (link)
    Race Day with Robbie Ventura
    Rad (1986)
    The story of Cru Jones, a young man who can overcome all obstacles that prevent him from participating in the BMX race "Helltrack." As he works towards his dream, Cru falls in love with Christian, an amateur racer. With the help of Christian and his friends, can Cru's "Rad Racing Team" defeat the top BMX factory rider, Bart Taylor?
    Red Light Go (2002)
    After getting to know a select group of hardcore NYC bike messengers, they and their fellow riders are followed on a series of harrowing races through the streets of New York City. The story culminates with the annual Halloween night Alleycat, a long and brutal race through rush-hour traffic.
    (visit the Red Light Go web site)

    Red Zinger/Coors Classic: Where it All Began (2007)
    For the first time ever, a collection of Red Zinger and Coors Classic highlights from 1978 to 1988 and never-before released historical cycling films are available in one DVD set! After emerging from the Red Zinger, the Coors Classic became the ultimate forum and standard for stage racing in the U.S. The race was a career catalyst for some of world's greatest cyclists, such as LeMond, Hampsten, Carpenter, Twigg, Grewal, Phinney, Bauer, Phil Anderson, Alcala, Longo, and Heiden. This collection features a core sample of world-class, pro-Am men and women's racing throughout Colorado, California, Nevada, Wyoming, and Hawaii, in what was considered the fourth biggest race on the world cycling calendar. And at the time it was also the single biggest women's race ever held. Includes short films spanning the Red Zinger years shown in movie theaters; Coors Classic CBS, NBC, and ESPN network coverage; and Denver TV specials, documentaries of Bernard Hinault's 1986 win, the BMW motos used at races, and other race-associated projects like the bizarre Euro sport Cycleball.
    (by Michael Aisner and VeloGear)

    Red Zinger / Coors Classic
    Return of the Scorcher (1992)
    This movie was made by bicycle activist Ted White to show the superiority of the bicycle to the automobile, with scenes from all over the world. One of its claims to fame is that it's where the name "Critical Mass" comes from.
    (visit the Ted White's "Return of the Scorcher" web site)
    Reveal the Path (2012)
    This feature film, directed by Mike Dion, is the follow up project to the award winning cycling adventure, 'Ride the Divide'. 'Reveal the Path' is a genre-defying adventure film that contemplates what it means to live an inspired life using the bicycle as a mechanism to explore, dream and discover. Regions explored include Scotland's lush valleys, Europe's snow capped mountains, Morocco's high desert landscapes, Nepal's rural countryside and Alaska's rugged coastal beaches. Ride along and get lost in the wonders of the world... Meet the locals living modest yet seemingly fulfilling lives, leading us to question what it means to live an inspired life - however humble or extravagant. Filmed across four continents and featuring Tour Divide race legends, Matthew Lee & Kurt Refsnider, this immersive film is sure to ignite the dream in you.
    (visit the "Reveal the Path" web site)
    Reveal the Path
    Ride the Divide (2010)
    An award-winning feature film about the world's toughest mountain bike race, which traverses over 2700 miles along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains. The film weaves the story of three characters' experiences with immense mountain beauty and small-town culture as they attempt to pedal from Banff, Canada to a small, dusty crossing on the Mexican border.
    (visit the "Ride the Divide" web site)
    Ride the Divide
    The Rise of Enduro (2014)
    The Rise of Enduro - A glimpse at the history of enduro and the 2014 race season for the sport's top athletes.
    Enduro is dominating the mountain bike world. This format - attracting DH racers, XC athletes and every type of rider in between - is quickly becoming the most popular form of mountain bike racing. The Rise of the Enduro delves into the roots of the format while showcasing the world's most respected riders racing some of the most epic, breathtaking terrain in the world.
    (visit the "Rise of Enduro" web site)
    The Rise of Enduro
    Rising From Ashes (2012)
    “Rising from Ashes” is a feature length documentary about two worlds colliding when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda, Africa to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team. As they set out against impossible odds both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past.
    (visit the "Rising From Ashes " web site)
    Rising From Ashes
    Road to Paris
    The 52-minute European version of the groundbreaking documentary covering Lance Armstrong and the 2001 U.S. Postal Team over 27 days in April as they prepare to win a third consecutive Tour de France. Never-before-seen footage takes you inside team meetings and along for the ride in the team car during some of cycling's greatest races, including a down-to-the-wire Amstel Gold Race and the most hellish Paris-Roubaix in years. Unprecedented access to Lance allows us to follow him on reconnaissance rides in the Alps, on the very stages that would come to mark his dominating performance in July. Road to Paris also explores the strategic thinking of one of cycling's top directeurs, Johan Bruyneel. For both the avid cyclist and the casual fan, this DVD provides a rare look into the world of professional cycling. The DVD also includes 47 minutes of bonus footage and profiles of the 2001 U.S. Postal Team riders. Approx. 100 minutes.
    The Road to Roubaix (2008)
    Masterlink Films and directors, David Deal and Dave Cooper, bring you a film that goes beyond the limits of what broadcast television can offer. Road To Roubaix tells the story of the riders, mechanics, fans, and the brutal, unpredictable landscape that is the stage for Paris-Roubaix. The film combines rare, behind-the-scenes footage, stunning panoramic views of the race, and a collection of contemporary photographs, as well as rare historic archival photographs that most people never see. The film features the 2007 edition of Paris-Roubaix—the hottest in over 100 years—but the main character of the film is without a doubt the cobbles. (more)
    Roat to Roubaix
    Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1961)
    In his first starring role, Albert Finney gained international acclaim for his impressive portrayal of Arthur Seaton, a rebellious factory worker who lives only for his wild, carefree nights at the pub. Arthur works at a lathe at a bicycle factory.
    Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
    Six Day Bicycle Races (2005)
    The riders were some of the best paid and most respected athletes during the golden era of sports…the Jazz Age. It was a seen and be seen event every year in all the major metropolitan areas of the United States and Canada. Movie stars, politicians, and gangsters mixed with everyday sports fans to create an atmosphere not found in any other sport.
    Six Day Bicycle Races
    Stars and Watercarriers: 1973 Giro d'Italia
    This extraordinary film by Jorgen Leth recreates the magic of the moment as Merckx drops, on his way to victory, such luminaries as Basso, Gimondi, Battaglin, Fuentes, and a young Francesco Moser, bringing the Giro's thrills and disappointments home to every viewer. Stars and Watercarriers is considered one of the best films ever made on professional cycling.
    (currently available from World Cycling with "The Impossible Hour")
    Still We Ride (2004)
    On Friday August 27, 2004 just days before the start of the Republican National Convention, a massive police operation was underway. By the end of the night 264 people were arrested. It marked one of the largest mass arrests in New York City's history - and the arrested had done nothing illegal. For many New Yorkers, August was the first time they heard of what has become a monthly ritual for New York City's bike community; a free-forming ride called Critical Mass. "Still We Ride" is a documentary that captures the joyous atmosphere of this August ride before the arrests began and the chaos that followed.
    (visit the "Still We Ride" web site)
    A Sunday in Hell: 1976 Paris-Roubaix
    Highly acclaimed Danish director and documentary filmmaker Jorgen Leth brings you the drama of Paris-Roubaix in a film that became a foreign classic in the U.S. "A Sunday in Hell" is a psychological and dramatic study of the battle between Merckx, DeVlaeminick, Marten and Moser. Over 90 minutes of spine-tingling suspense that leave the viewer limp from vicarious excitement. "Merckx, De Vlaeminck, Martens and Moser - a gallery of great names clash in battle over the pave. We are mesmerized by Leth's perceptive vision of what a spring classic means. A true masterpiece of cycling cinematography. This is a must-have video for every cycling fan's collection." - Winning. Directed by Jørgen Leth.
    Ten Speed (1976)
    Two advertising executives compete in a 400-mile bicycle race from San Francisco to Malibu. Directed by Steven A. Hull, starring Patricia Hume and William Woodbridge.
    Tour Baby!
    Going from a complete outsider at the start of the race to standing atop the winner's podium at the finish, Scott not only filmed the race, he became part of it! Along the way he met and captured on film exclusive "behind the scenes" interviews and events that make the Tour de France so special. Scenes include Lance Armstrong in his hotel room, Robin Williams, Jean Marie Leblanc (Director of the Tour de France), Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen, crazed tour fans, US Postal Riders in the team bus and in their hotel rooms, getting up close and personal with the podium babes, Lance and Pantani battling it out atop Mt. Ventoux and the after race parties in Paris.
    (visit the Tour Baby! web site)
    Tour Baby Deux! (2007)
    Scott does it again! Join him on another amazing adventure deep inside the 2005 Tour de France in this long awaited sequel to The Tour Baby! Scott lives every cycling fan's dream by following the entire Tour de France from start to finish filming all the craziness that makes the Tour the world's greatest sporting event. From mountain-top madness in the Pyrenees to partying with Podium Girls in Paris, Scott does it all. The film includes amazing behind-the-scenes footage with Lance Armstrong and his Discovery Channel team as he conquers the Tour for the seventh time, Cadel Evans, Robbie McEwen, Freddie Rodriguez and their Davitamon-Lotto Team and Carlos Da Cruz, Sandy Casar, and Bradley McGee and their Francaise des Jeux team. The film runs 97 minutes and is full of fun and surprises!
    (visit the Tour Baby! web site)
    Tour Baby Deux!
    Tour De France Centenary Film 1903-2003
    The great cycling competition Tour De France turned 100 in the year 2003 and as a way to commemorate this legendary athletic event, the folks behind the cycling competition offer TOUR DE FRANCE CENTENARY FILM 1903-2003. This is a history of the event filled with images and footage of great events, starting with early, rough films in 1903 and continuing to Lance Armstongs fifth straight victory in 2003. Armstrong, cancer survivor extraordinaire, is the perfect narrator for this celebration of strength, endurance and inspiration.
    Triplets of Belleville (Belleville Rendezvous)
    Madame Souza raises her grandson Champion and tries to make him happier with a baby dog, Bruno. However, the boy remains sad, and the grandmother gives a tricycle for him. The boy gets excited with the gift, and trained by Madame Souza along the years, he finally competes the Tour de France. When Champion is kidnapped by two MIBs from the French mafia, Madame Souza and Bruno travel to Belleville to rescue him, with the support of the elder singers, the Belleville Sisters.
    (Note: Lots of references to Jacques Tati and Fausto Coppi)
    True Fans (1999)
    What compels three friends from Utah to bike 4800 miles from Venice Beach, California to Springfield, Massachusetts on a budget of $10 per day? 'We wanted to see if the country was as good as we thought' say Dan Austin, the Director of TRUE FANS. Dan takes the audience on an uplifting and humorous 100 day ride across America following in the tradition of 'On the Road.' This fast paced documentary won the 'People's Choice Award' at the Banff Mountain Film Festival and a 'Special Jury Selection' at MountainFilm in Telluride.
    (available from BuyIndies)
    Up and Down (1992)
    Partly inspired by Dadaist playwright Alfred Jarry's The Passion Considered as an Uphill Bicycle Race, "Up and Down" follows a group of cyclists as they struggle up the winding slopes of the Alps. Some cheat; some conduct business; and one wears a tutu! Written and directed by Luc Moullet, with Jean Abeille, Clement Bourtterin, Claude Melki, and Luc Moullet. (84 minutes)
    Velorution (1996)
    When the USSR collapsed, Cuba lost 80% of their oil supply. This movie documents how they bought 1.2 million bicycles, switched 5 bus factories to bicycle manufacturing, educated riders on how to ride, changed the city of Havana to accommodate bikes, posted bicycle signs, did job swaps to reduce length of commutes and in the process created more human interaction and community  A truly inspiring video. (27 minutes)
    Viva le Tour (1962, Louis Malle)
    An often-amusing study of the 1962 Tour De France cycle race by director Louis Malle.
    (We aren't Blocking Traffic) We are Traffic (1999)
    Chronicles the history and development of the "Critical Mass" bicycle movement, one of the most spirited and dynamic social/political movements of the apathetic 90's. In over 200 cities in 14 different countries, Critical Mass has now become a monthly ritual of reclaiming the streets by bicycle activists riding en masse.

    (visit the Ted White's "We are Traffic" web site)
    Wheels within Wheels (2008)
    "A big-hearted, emotionally-charged tribute to British road racing cyclist Tom Simpson from actor Simon Dutton who visits his friends and family before attempting to ride up Mont Ventoux himself to pay respects at Simpson's of the most enjoyable cycling films to date." Derek Adams,Time Out

    "Wheels Within Wheels" is made with heaps of enthusiasm, as actor Simon Dutton [recently on BBC 1's "Not Going Out"] goes in search of his sporting hero Tom Simpson with a genuine passion. This entertaining documentary has more appeal than just an out & out sports piece of film making. It has human interest at it's heart! " Steve Dixon

    From a pool hall in London's famous Portobello market, via a dressing room in a small theatre in Glasgow, to the mountains of Provence, France, 'Wheels Within Wheels' is the epic journey, actor Simon Dutton ( now appearing with Lee Mack in the hit BBC comedy Not Going Out - BBC 1) took, in search of his boyhood sporting hero, Tom Simpson, one of Britain's greatest ever cyclists.

    This fascinating documentary, made over a four year period, chronciles Dutton, who, in a mid-life crisis decides to go off in the tracks of Simpson, the legendary cyclist who tragically died on Mount Ventoux in the 1967 Tour de France.

    The film follows Dutton on what turns out to be a sort of pilgrimage of sorts, where, as well as discovering the truth about Tom Simpson, finds out about himself as well. Along the way we have humour, pathos, and some vintage footage all backed by an eclectic musical soundtrack.
    Wheels within Wheels
    A Winter of Cyclists (2013)
    A Winter of Cyclists captures the inaugural Icy Bike Winter Commuting Challenge. The film follows twelve cyclists as they attempt to bicycle commute during the winter months. Watch as they challenge each other during the cold, dark and snowy Colorado winter and experience the surprising comradery that forms as nearly 200 like-minded riders from across the USA, Canada, and other countries join in the Challenge. For those who cycle in the winter now, this film is a tribute to you. And for those who are considering it, catch a memorable glimpse of what could await you.
    (visit "A Winter of Cyclists " web site)
    Winter of Cyclists
    Yellow Jersey (PBS documentary) -- not available
    A PBS Documentary from the Early 70's, showing the trials of the American team at a stage race in Canada.

    (a few) Honorable mentions:
    ET: The Extra Terrestrial (1982)
    The Muppet Movie (1979)
    Il Postino (1995)
    She's Gotta Have it (1986)
    Wizard of Oz (1939)

    Check out the British Pathe YouTube Channel Britieh Pathe

    Cycling Film Resources:  
    Bicycle Film Festival - in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Tokyo
    Bicycle Universe - A good, but shorter, categorized list -- sometimes it has more information about individual movies
    Bromley Video - An excellent source for cycling films in the UK (has lots not available in the US -- all PAL format, though)
    Byke Culture Never - very complete listing/article on cycling films and films with bicycles by Séamus D. King
    League of American Bicyclists - Working for a bicycle friendly America
    Leg Joints - a wikiwkiweb site (editable by anyone) on cycling and other things
    MassBike - Better Bicycling for Massachusettes
    Rec.Bicycles - cycling chat board
    The Bike in Film - An annual festival of bike films in Philadelphia which shows many short films which aren't listed here
    World Cycling Productions - lots of bike films on DVD and VHS

    Cycling Book Resources:
    Cycle Publishing - We publish books on bikes & biking, selected other sports, and manufactured housing.
    Human Kinetics - The Information Leader in Physical Information (link directly to HKs cycling related books)
    Velo Press
    - an endurance sports publisher focusing on the sports of cycling and triathlon
    Wilms on Wheels - The most complete cycling book database on the internet.

    For what it's worth, That's Rentertainment has a Cycling Film section (not for the films listed above but rather for the Spring Classics and other race films). It's in with the other sports titles. For a list of titles click here. 
    Also, check out our Champaign County Cycling page for links to local cycling related things (and a few not so local cycling related things).
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