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It never hurts to start putting a few movies on the ‘must watch’ list for cozy winter nights – or long indoor trainer rides! Has anyone seen the new HBO mockumentary Tour de Pharmacy? I’ve just added that to my own list. What are some of your favorite cycling movies? Weigh in below! My top 5:


Inspired to Ride
This title did just that for me. I think of it often when I halfway through a longer ride and feeling the pain. I’m not sure if this movie makes me want to try the TransAm someday or to steer clear of it.

The Triplets of Bellville
This animated comedy is also about the Tour but holds a much different storyline – following a cyclist who is kidnapped by the French Mafia. A cute story that will leave you entertained.

Rising From Ashes
Yet another inspiring story about the Rwandan Cycling Team and their efforts to contend for the Tour de France.

Bikes vs. Cars
A must watch for anyone who rides a bike or drives a car. This movie highlights the current issues of the strong car lobbies, the danger of biking the roads, and the determination to make both of those change.

Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist

I included this movie because of the combination of riding and the story behind the mentality of racing and the toll it can take on a competitor. A fascinatingly tragic watch.

Have some favorites of your own? Share them in the comments!

Martha Scheler. Hi! I’m Martha and still consider myself a newbie to cycling. I started riding in the winter of 2016 to cross train for distance running. Turns out, I love riding – in 2016 I ended up completing 6 centuries, an Ironman and over 4k miles of riding! I guess you could say I’m hooked! 

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Comment by Bob Kastigar on March 21, 2018 at 9:36am
Comment by Scott Chillson on March 1, 2018 at 1:22pm

BMX Bandits with Nicole Kidman. 

Comment by LJS on February 24, 2018 at 10:41am

Oh, and of course Quicksilver with Kevin Bacon as a equities trader-cum-bicycle messenger in the hilly streets of SF.  13% on Rotten Tomatoes (LOL) but I enjoyed it!

Comment by LJS on February 24, 2018 at 10:39am

Breaking Away (trailer) has to be #1.  Cutters vs. Team Cinzano!  I've always wanted a "CUTTERS" bike jersey or even a t-shirt.

I would highly, highly recommend any movie about Race Across America (RAAM).  "Bicycle Dreams" is available in full on YouTube (link) and is an amazing documentary about the men and women who put themselves through this non-stage endurance race, crossing the US from Riverside CA to Atlantic City NJ in ~10 days, covering 350+ miles per day and averaging <2 hours of sleep per night.

RAAM, Bam, Thank You Ma'am is a more lighthearted, but still serious, film of the New Zealand women's team ("Veloroos") relay RAAM team. (article)

Comment by James Killdeer Mackenzie on February 24, 2018 at 12:40am

Definitely "the flying scotsman" and if you can, check out "mamil" it's surprisingly good.

Comment by Barry Niel Stuart on February 23, 2018 at 4:58pm

I like "The Flying Scotsman" and also "Breaking Away".

Comment by Marcelo Marcos on February 23, 2018 at 10:06am

I'm going to have to pitch in here since I'm such a fan of watching this kind of stuff. This one is an oldie but probably one of the few cinematic masterpieces of the genre (available on itunes!): 

Most notably, the builder segment: 

Comment by Patrick Harrigan on February 23, 2018 at 10:00am

1979's Academy Award-winning "Breaking Away"!

Comment by Andrew Bedno on February 19, 2018 at 5:19pm

I've maintained a broader list of Bike/Green/Eco/Anti-Oil movies for many years at:

Somehow (maybe since the last addition was Premium Rush in 2012) I missed several of Martha's suggestions.

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