Day 218: Cycling-related movies

9 08 2010

Bicycling Magazine recently listed what they called the “9 cycling movies you can’t miss.” Rather than copy the movie synopsis here, I’ve linked each movie to the trailer and description on Bicycling’s website. I’ve seen most of these, but the last four on the list I’ve never heard of before.

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
Breaking Away
Triplets of Belleville
American Flyers
The Bicycle Thief
A Sunday in Hell
Stars and Watercarriers
2 Seconds
Key Exchange

While E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is not a bicycling movie exactly, I think it definitely should have been included on the list. The scene where Elliot puts E.T. in his bike basket (covered with a white blanket) and takes him back to the woods to meet his spaceship, was one of my favorite movie scenes of all time.

Other bicycling-related movies that are also worth mentioning, though I’ve only seen “The Flying Scotsman” so I don’t know much about the others:

(Summaries from
Bicycle Dreams – From the Pacific to the Atlantic, bicyclists race against time and their own physical limitations as they face Mojave Desert heat, steep Rocky Mountain climbs and more. Then, when tragedy strikes, the endurance test takes an emotional turn. As they attempt to make it across the country in less than 10 days, the participants in the Race Across America must draw on all their inner resources to meet the challenge in this fascinating documentary.

Beijing Bicycle – When 16-year-old Guei finds work as a messenger in the titular Chinese city, he buys himself a bicycle. But as he nears the final payment, the bike disappears — and without his wheels, Guei can’t work. After desperately searching all of Beijing for it, he finally finds Jian, who claims the bike is his. The two young boys learn that sharing can be a good thing.

The Flying Scotsman – Graeme Obree (Jonny Lee Miller), an out-of-work amateur cyclist, designs and builds his own bike from washing machine parts and other scrap. His dedication pays off as he breaks a world speed record to become a cycling hero. And although personal tragedy and professional setbacks threaten his success, he never loses sight of his dream. Laura Fraser and Billy Boyd co-star in this inspiring true story of one man’s unwavering determination to win.

The Bicycle Corps: America’s Black Army on Wheels – Narrated by James Woodill, this documentary recounts the astonishing journey of the U.S. Army’s 25th Infantry, an all-black unit that was sent on 2,000-mile bicycle ride in 1897 to test the effectiveness of bikes as a means of transport. With their trek being documented by a ride-along reporter, the 25th rode from Montana to Missouri through sandstorms, rivers, cactus fields and unwelcoming territories on a journey you have to see to believe.

Of course this is not an exhaustive list of cycling-related movies. What are your favorite cycling movies and why do you like them?

Today’s food journal:

— Strawberry-blackberry smoothie = 2.5 points

— Jimmy Johns slim turkey sandwich with cheese = 8 points
— Diet Coke = 0 points

— Club sandwich with turkey, ham and small amount of cheese  on wheat bread = 8.5 points
— Iced tea = 0 points

— Apple = 1 point

Life’s a journey. Enjoy the ride!

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18 09 2010
Day 258: “Death of a Cyclist” movie « Cyclingproject365

[…] movie, I add it to our Netflix list of movies to watch. (I listed several cycling movies in a previous post. So far, we’ve managed to see all but a couple of them.) We plan to watch “Death of a […]

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