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Old 12-30-15, 09:30 AM
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Cycling Movies and streaming

I bicycle all year. But I bicycle much less in the winter months. I do a little trainer riding in the garage or basement. But for the most part... winter is my cycling off season.

I like reading cycling books too. I do that year-round. I download them to my phone.

But the upcoming winter dark days, that last a few weeks past New Years, is my bicycling movie season. Usually I expect my wife to gift me with a movie about cycling for Christmas. This year she gave me a TV streaming device. It wasn't my first such device and I have already been watching some free Crackle content on my man-cave TV. But with the new device I decided to subscribe to a content provider. I chose Amazon. And I am impressed with the numbers of cycling movies available... many for no additional fee/charge. Some included are:

Vast
the road uphill
Yell Cadel
Half the Road
Let's Roll
Race Across America
Bicycle

Does anyone else watch cycling movies for entertainment and training motivation? Or does anyone have an interesting favorite cycling movie?
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Old 12-30-15, 01:21 PM
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Yell Cadel was pretty lame. I've also seen Inspired to Ride, and Ride the Divide, which were both pretty good. I've seen Race across the sky, which was good also, but I haven't seen Race Across the Sky 2 yet.
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A few favourites:

Roule Toujours (complete: https://vimeo.com/58201809)
Pantani: Accidental Death of a Cyclist (trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfN3uxk-vRs)
Rising From the Ashes (trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXfq0DxS4KM)
Clean Spirit (trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPuhtJROgoA)
A Sunday in Hell

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I'm sure I expose myself as a Philistine by suggesting Premium Rush a fairly recent ok movie with a bit of a stupid ending but what bicycle movie doesn't have a bad ending. Then I'd say BMX Bandits which actaully had pretty much the same dumb ending as Premium Rush. A bunch of kids overwhelm the bad guys with guns and none of them get shot. Then there is Turbo Kid which directly mocks/ pays homage to BMX Bandits but I'm not sure how cycling focused it is. They all happen to ride bikes and make some nods to BMXB but its more a sci fi post apocalyptia some have called it mad max on bicycles.
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Originally Posted by DonBjr View Post
Yell Cadel was pretty lame. I've also seen Inspired to Ride, and Ride the Divide, which were both pretty good. I've seen Race across the sky, which was good also, but I haven't seen Race Across the Sky 2 yet.
Then lets give them both... 3 bicycles?!?

Inspired to Ride
Ride the Divide

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... Roule Toujours (complete: https://vimeo.com/58201809)
Holly crap... that's a whole movie I can watch on my PC. I retired too soon.

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Old 12-30-15, 03:52 PM
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Originally Posted by TheLibrarian View Post
I'm sure I expose myself as a Philistine by suggesting Premium Rush.........
I don't think so. I own Premium Rush on DVD. Maybe it isn't a "thinking mans" movie. But what action flicks are? It's a bicycle movie... and that's good enough for me.
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Old 12-30-15, 05:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post
I bicycle all year. But I bicycle much less in the winter months. I do a little trainer riding in the garage or basement. But for the most part... winter is my cycling off season.

I like reading cycling books too. I do that year-round. I download them to my phone.

But the upcoming winter dark days, that last a few weeks past New Years, is my bicycling movie season. Usually I expect my wife to gift me with a movie about cycling for Christmas. This year she gave me a TV streaming device. It wasn't my first such device and I have already been watching some free Crackle content on my man-cave TV. But with the new device I decided to subscribe to a content provider. I chose Amazon. And I am impressed with the numbers of cycling movies available... many for no additional fee/charge. Some included are:

Vast
the road uphill
Yell Cadel
Half the Road
Let's Roll
Race Across America
Bicycle

Does anyone else watch cycling movies for entertainment and training motivation? Or does anyone have an interesting favorite cycling movie?
What are 2 or 3 of your favorites?
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Old 12-30-15, 07:33 PM
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Originally Posted by one4smoke View Post
What are 2 or 3 of your favorites?
Breaking Away is my favorite (I have it on DVD). You might have guessed from my avatar (I relate to him much more than the movie's star). Also I like American Flyers, because it takes me back. I think the Flying Scotsman is good as well.

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Old 12-30-15, 08:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post

Does anyone else watch cycling movies for entertainment and training motivation? Or does anyone have an interesting favorite cycling movie?
Try A Sunday In Hell, about the 1976 Parix-Roubaix race on youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxBTVU9JDrA

Slaying the Badger (ESPN 30 for 30 episode) on amazon about the LeMond / Hinault rivalry in the 1984 Tour de France

Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist on netflix about Marco Pantani's career where he won both the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France in 1998.
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Old 12-31-15, 01:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Drew Eckhardt View Post
Try A Sunday In Hell, about the 1976 Parix-Roubaix race on youtube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxBTVU9JDrA
Cool a FREE movie (I've never seen).
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Wow. No one has yet suggested Quicksilver (1986)?

I like premium rush too, for what it is. When I think of it, I see this:

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Here are a couple of anime movies you might like.

Nasu - The Summer of Andalusia

Nasu - A Migratory Bird with Suitcase
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Two absolutely terrific cycling documentaries, both available via Netfilx streaming, I believe:

Hell On Wheels (in German w/subtitles; original title, "Hollentour"): the 2003 Tour from the perspective of the Telecom team. (Erik Zabel finishes his description of what it's like descending in the Alps on tires 2 cm wide by saying, "I should have been a surfer.")

Clean Spirit: the Argos-Shimano team in their quest to compete clean in the 100th anniversary Tour. (A team doctor says of the team's star sprinter, Marcel Kittel, "He won't even take aspirin.")
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Originally Posted by Centaurious View Post
Here are a couple of anime movies you might like.
Nasu - The Summer of Andalusia
Nasu - A Migratory Bird with Suitcase
Being an old man.... I've never watched "anime". Maybe I should check those (and anime) out.

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Two absolutely terrific cycling documentaries, both available via Netfilx streaming, I believe:
Hell On Wheels (in German w/subtitles; original title, "Hollentour"): Clean Spirit: the Argos-Shimano team
I like documentaries!
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Wow. No one has yet suggested Quicksilver (1986)?
I don't know why not? It makes all the top ten bicycling movie lists!

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Wow. No one has yet suggested Quicksilver (1986)?
I don't know why not? It makes all the top ten bicycling movie lists!
Roger that. I rather enjoyed it. It has a decent story.
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It has a decent story.
And Kevin Bacon is a fine actor as well.
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What about "American Flyers" that was was a good movie.
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Ride the Divide
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2 Seconds, a Canadian movie about a bike messenger. Warning, there is a very brief scene of nudity.
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I like "60 Cycles". It's a Canadian short documentary. It's more film art than a documentary. Great music and sound too.
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1.Lifecycles, this is a reference quality Blu-Ray if you have a decent home theater set.

I get a lot of inspiration from the Mike Dion movies, I can watch them repeatedly.

2.Inspired to Ride
3.Reveal the Path
4.Ride the Divide.
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I like The Flying Scotsman about Graeme Orbree, the man just wouldn't quit no matter what.
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Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
I like The Flying Scotsman about Graeme Orbree, the man just wouldn't quit no matter what.
+1 A true story about real people.

These are ALL great selections and suggestions! Winter should be much more tolerable with all these great choices... and a trainer.
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If you like documentaries.

Pedal and Line of Sight

https://youtu.be/WBeuK0ovASM

https://youtu.be/0npCFw9TEnA

https://youtu.be/Cut_sYkNcIM

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