Category Archives: Cinematic Sundays

Cinematic Sunday #5 – Rising From Ashes, Rwanda Bicycle Racing Film

I’ve been interested in watching this film since I first came across the ‘in the making’ trailer a few years ago, details at the time were scarce but it looked like a great cycle film. Unfortunately I forgot all about it and the name of the film. Luckily I rediscovered it by chance this week and I’m now nominating it as CycleFar’s 5th Cinematic Sunday feature.

The film is nicely shot and is documentary style, great for getting you motivated for a quick sprint around the block, or perhaps something more. . .

Here is the official website: risingfromashesthemovie.com and synopsis:

“Rising from Ashes” is a feature length documentary about two worlds colliding when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda, Africa to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team. As they set out against impossible odds both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past.

enjoy!

Cinematic Sunday #4 – Kelly McGarry, This Will Have You On The Edge Of Your Seat!

This video of Kelly McGarry doing a backflip over a 72ft canyon has to be this week’s Cinematic Sunday nomination. The backflip is only the start of what makes this video so thrilling; this madman and brilliant rider navigates a razors edge of dusty mountaintop whilst casually disregarding the golden rule of ‘keeping the rubber side down’ and throwing himself off ledges. It’s a white knuckle experience even for spectators.

If you expect me to feature in one of these kinds of Cinematic Sunday videos then, sadly, you might be waiting a while… Continue reading Cinematic Sunday #4 – Kelly McGarry, This Will Have You On The Edge Of Your Seat!

Tiny Globe Cyclist – Using 6 GoPro Cameras

A week has already passed since the first installment of Cinematic Sundays, now this Sunday I have something really bizarre for you. Using 6 GoPro cameras and some computer wizardry Jonas Ginter created a tiny globe effect of him cycling and traveling about.

The Little Prince
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

I’m not sure why Jonas Ginter chose to film the second sequence in his car driving through a building site rather than a gleaming city or around some trees and lakes but it’s a brilliant and interesting vid nonetheless.

Does it remind anyone else of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry?

“On his fourth day with the little prince, the narrator becomes aware of just how small the little prince’s planet really is. The little prince is surprised that on Earth, he has to wait for the sun to go down to see a sunset. On his planet, a person can see the end of the day whenever he likes by simply moving a few steps.”

Proof That Cyclocross Bikes Would Make Great Touring Bikes

In this video Chris Akrigg shows why cyclocross bikes make excellent touring bikes. As he bounces and slides over rocks and branches and into the occasional mud pit, he proves that cyclocross bikes are lightweight, capable machines that can take a great deal of abuse. Coupled with an ultralight, sub 6kg, bundle of touring gear there would scarcely be any terrain out-of-bounds. Cyclocross bikes also have the added benefits of being fast on roads, unlike mountain bikes, low maintenance and have a huge potential to take cycle touring adventures to new places.

If you’re wondering how you might equip a bike like the one Chris is riding for cycle touring, then you may like to take a look at my Ultralight Cycle Touring Guide book.