Sitting on a comfy sofa inactive may be the opposite of what most cyclists aim to do, but we all need rest from time to time. In the time between rides why not indulge in a little entertainment and look into the stories and an snapshot of those who also enjoy bikes, riding, competition and all else that the sport encompasses. Get inspired by those who have beat the odds, get angry with those who scam the system and get involved with groups and movements that have a passion that matches your own. Here are some films to ingest during your down-time that will just get your mental cogs turning.
The Flying Scotsman
This biopic starring Jonny Lee Miller and Brian Cox follows the true story of Graeme Obree. Part inventor, part cyclist, Obree took it upon himself to construct a bike made from scrap parts in the early 90’s. Back then he was simply an amateur rider with no merit to his name, from here he decides to take on the world One-hour record in cycling. The story of his life is as tragic as it is uplifting and is fraught with battles not only with his award but with his mental health.
Rising from The Ashes
This inspiring underdog story focuses on the Rwandan national cycling team as they overcome the seemingly insurmountable hurdles in the run up to the 2012 Olympic games. Narrated by star Forest Whitaker, the tale of this team is one that inspires hope not just for those in the sport but for their entire nation. After a violent history the country of Rwanda has steadily been recovering, but once again the odds are against them here with the team’s skin colour being just the start. This film will have you rooting for these brave athletes in no time.
This feature length documentary comes from BAFTA winner Michael B. Clifford. Questioning why the bike has made its way back into fashion. Starting at the origin of the invention to the modernization of the tool we know today, Bicycle tells the history in a unique manner that comes from an obvious enthusiast. Mixing important stories with animation and interviews with important persons along the way, this film is a celebration of everything that has come from this humble two-wheeler.
Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story
It would be impossible to list a string of films on the sport without mentioning the most infamous professional in the world of cycling. Referred to as the greatest act of fraud in sport history, Armstrong’s deception is looked at head on here as director Alex Holmes meets with others who were involved in this complex and truly outlandish cheating system. Here those interested in just how Armstrong pulled it of will get to see the details of the plan and how those involved became a part of a pact that they feared they couldn’t reveal to anyone. Watch the phoenix-turned-disaster story of a man who inspired millions of cyclists, athletes and cancer survivors and then crushed them when his true actions came to light.