One of the underlying themes of the Sheffield Urban CX is highlighting the heritage of the ‘Outdoor City’ and the locations we have chosen have played a major part in the transition the city is taking, from Steel City to ‘Outdoor City’. The sport of cycling, across all its disciplines, is full of heritage and legend. The birth of CX with riders negotiating the muddy farmers fields of belgium, Laurent Fignon and Greg LeMond on the Champs Elysee and the 8 second margin in 1989 or John Tomac racing in the MTB Worlds in 1990 with drop bars on the Yeti team with juliana Furtado.
So much to inspire, we have selected a few of our favourite vintage cycling documentaries that we hope get you inspired for the series. If you do develop a yearning for the vintage then don’t forget the Eroica Britannia Festival between 16th and 19th June, taking in some of the Peak District’s finest riding on road and on the gentle tracks of the Monsal and High Peak Trail.
So get the popcorn, grab a drink and settle in for some inspiring viewing.
A Sunday in Hell (1976)
A Sunday In Hell (1976) – Join Eddy Mercxx and his preparations for the 1976 Paris Roubaix. dust, pave’, protests (well this is France!) and some fantastic commentary all make this a classic
The Stars and The Water Carriers: The 1973 Giro d’Italia (1973)
The Stars and The Water Carriers: The 1973 Giro d’Italia (1973) – A fascinating and atmospheric insight into the 1973 Giro. The sound of the bikes mix with atmospheric music and some fantastic images of this classic race.
Equinox – Bicycle (1989)
Equinox – Bicycle (1989) – This Channel 4 documentary captures the history of the bicycle and talks to some of the key figures in the 80’s cycling world. The highlight for us has to be the eye wateringly stunning insight into the Campag factory at 22:00 mins.
CHEETAH: The Nelson Vails Story (Full Version)
Nelson Vails’ story starts as been the youngest of 10 children growing up in the Harlem projects. He worked as a New York City bicycle messenger to support his family. This film follows Nelson’s story from messenger to riding in the 1984 Olympic Games. Ultimately, Nelson’s story is simply about a kid whose love for the bicycle led him to rise above racial and economic barriers to becoming a major figure in American cycling history.