Cycling On Film

The bike is back! British cycling is enjoying a 21st-century renaissance, so what better time to celebrate a century of cycling on film?

The bike is back! British cycling is enjoying a 21st-century renaissance, so what better time to celebrate a century of cycling on film? image

Flushed with Olympics success and now welcoming the Tour de France's Grand Départ, Britain is enjoying a 21st-century cycling renaissance. So what better time to celebrate a century and more of cycling on film?

Cycling was enjoying its first 'golden age' while film was in its infancy, which helps explain early filmmakers' fascination with bicycles. French pioneers the Lumière brothers filmed a trick-performing bicycliste as early as 1897, while two British films from the 1890s highlight the role of the bike in women's emancipation.

Our tour of cinematic cycling has three stages. In Setting Off we capture the thrill of that first bike, the joys and perils of learning to ride, and all manner of adventure on two wheels. The romance of the open road is the focus of Freewheeling, a selection evoking a leisurely ride on our rural backways. Finally, Pedal Power changes gear as we look at cycling's competitive streak, as would-be champions push their two wheeled machines to the limits.

All in all, it's a selection to get even the weariest rider back in the saddle.

Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race. H.G. Wells

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Six days of punishing wheel-to-wheel action as the TI Raleigh racing team competes against the best European squads.

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