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Rough Ride

During the early 2000’s when Lance Armstrong was dominating the Tour de France and making cycling popular I remember my cousin teasing me that he was doping. I was completely and willfully blinded by the comeback story and the amazing feats to riding.

Once it came out that he was a cheat I was devastated and I still don’t look the same at professional cycling.

In 2014 a documentary was made called Rough Rider about Paul Kimmage a former pro cyclist who had written about doping in 1990. Its an interesting documentary as it covers multiple decades of the problem with doping in cycling. It also presents an emotional story of Paul’s tenuous relationship with a sport that he loves and reviles.

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Mike Hall

A few nights ago I got bored with the short form Youtube videos and fired up Amazon to see what they might have for Cycling documentaries. They did not disappoint with Inspired to Ride which tells the story of the inaugural 2014 Trans Am Bike Race.

In the movie Mike Hall is featured as the race favorite who goes on to win by a considerable margin. I was taken back by how soft spoken and friendly he is in the film. Most competitive bike racers tend to have a cockiness about them that makes me not necessarily want to know or meet them. With Hall I was interested in getting to know more about the man.

When I woke up this morning I got my oatmeal and sat down to start googling and learning more about this endurance athlete. Unfortunately I quickly learned that Mike Hall passed away in 2017 after being struck by a car while riding in an endurance race in Australia. I was pretty crushed and watched a few videos put up shortly after the accident.

Turns out Mike was 5 years younger than me and had accomplished quite a lot in his short life. You can learn more about him on his Wikipedia page here.

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A Sunday in Hell

Classic documentary of the Paris-Roubaix professional road bike race from 1976 (the year I was born). Pretty sure this is the first time I have watched it. Fun movie considering how old it is. I think they only have 50mm or larger lenses back then, almost claustrophobic to watch at times.

Its crazy how many cars and motorcycles were in front of the cyclists. What an absolute nightmare to ride through and then dealing with the cobblestones on top of that! Ugh.

It sounds like they had a orchestra make a ‘Paris-Roubaix` theme song with overly dramatic vocals and all. Would love to see more production quality like this today.