Thanks for the tip. I checked the list of cities where the movie will be and was surprised both by what was and wasn't on it. If nothing else, I'm in DC on business and was sure I would see it listed here.
That sounds amazing. I'll have to keep an eye out for it. Unfortunately our only IMax theater was run out of business by mismanagement. bastards. Maybe if I make it up to Columbus sometime this summer I can check it out there.
"I was encouraged to learn that you are never too old to learn!" Hey, yeah I saw that on Mythbusters recently . They busted the myth that you couldn't teach an old dog new tricks. Oh wait that didn't sound so good. ;-)
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My DH and I saw Wired To Win, Surviving the Tour de France, an IMAX movie, this weekend with a group of fellow cyclists. Here’s the first paragraph from the film synopsis:
A jumpy home movie shows a six-year-old boy learning to ride his first bicycle with help from his father. The narrator tells us that with each moment, each new experience stimulates growing networks of cells in our brains. "We used to think these changes happened only in childhood, but now we know that our brains never stop developing — they keep wiring and rewiring themselves with every experience and every challenge." After several initial failed attempts — and even crashes — the boy begins to show improvement and confidence. Finally, he is riding alone in a seaside park, amazed at his own accomplishment.
I recommend the movie for the great story, awesome footage of the Tour de France but mostly because I was encouraged to learn that you are never too old to learn! Our brains continue to learn and develop.
Here’s the website: http://www.wiredtowinthemovie.com You can find where the movie is showing near you and the website.
Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped. African proverb
Interesting topic. The first thing that comes to mind whenever I think of cycling on the screen is "Breaking Away," a late 70s film. It's about 4 Bloomington, IN, boys who recently graduated high school and are trying to figure what's next. Cycle racing (including the real Little 500 race) is a central theme. The film won at least one Oscar and included early starring roles for Dennis Quaid and Daniel Stern.
XTC Campbell River BC Canada, August 12 2007 http://www.xtccanada.com/campbell-river. htm This is a very well organized race held a wonderful location. What sets it apart fron other rriathlons is that it is mountain biking single track instead of a road ride and a trail run.
I didn't see a thread devoted to this topic specifically, so here it is! If you have any recommendations for books, movies, television shows/specials, televised racing, magazine articles or whatever else post it here! Try not to overwhelm the thread with the latest professional racing doping news. It would be nice to get some positive news, articles, information that we can all use and enjoy in addition to the latest bad news.
To kick it off I'd like to recommend the documentary Hell on Wheels. It follows primarily the T Mobile team during the 2003 Tour de France and specifically Erik Zabel. More than that it is a behind the scenes look at everything that goes into the Tour de France stages and a little bit of history of the race.
It is an amazing documentary with some great race footage, interviews and beautiful scenery. It's available on Netflix, and probably through other rental stores and services.
It's also interesting that it is about T Mobile considering all the allegations and admissions that have come from the team recently about doping. It doesn't ever touch on the subject in any way. However it definitely puts a human face on the issue by showing the conditions and stress these riders are under as they are expected to perform no matter what condition they're body is in. I'm not making excuses, but I think I can see what has lead some of them into the choice to dope.
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