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Pedal Power

Riding to the challenge: the competition to be the best, toughest or fastest on two wheels.

For some cyclists, a leisurely ride from A to B will never be enough. They need challenges: to be the best, the toughest, the fastest on two wheels.

This collection of films celebrates cycling's sporting champions, from a simple informal Edwardian street race to the bright lights of the velodrome during the 1920s cycling boom, and from the endurance athletes of the Tour of Britain to some more unusual feats accomplished on a bike. Although some of these contraptions might test your definition of 'bike'...

These films highlight challenges for filmmakers, too. The Topical Budget newsreel proudly unveiled a special new camera for its coverage of bank holiday racing at London's legendary Herne Hill in 1924: the results are stunning, even 90 years later. Not all filmmakers managed to keep up with the blur of speeding wheels - but that just adds to the furious energy of it all.

Ready... steady... GO!

"It's the stuff of dreams... Kids from Kilburn don't become favourite for the Tour de France."

Bradley Wiggins

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Pedal Power

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The adrenaline rush of a race at South London's famous velodrome at the height of a cycling boom.

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Women cyclists go for gold! Singer Gracie Fields presents the grand prize at South London's premier women's cycling event.

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With neither gears nor lycra to help them, the cream of Britain's cyclists battle it out at the Herne Hill velodrome ahead of the 1928 Olympics.

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A Fine Feat of Endurance. Why swim the Channel when you can go by hydrocycle?

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Edwardian cycle racing at its best - albeit a little fuzzy! Riders take on all comers on an intriguing variety of bicycles.

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Stunning, 360-degree action of the speeding wheels at London's premier cycling circuit.

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