Hi, everyone, I got my Road To Roubaix dvd yesterday and had to come here and gush wildly about it! I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but had to put a warning in the title, in case there are some people that don't want to know anything about it before they buy it.
Now, let me continue: buy it, buy it , buy it.
Per our previous discussion about this documentary in last Friday's "Housekeeping" thread, watch the trailer at www. masterlinkfilms.com . You can buy it from this site, too. There are reviews there, as well, and under the Cycling Weekly review there is even a UK website address where you can buy the movie on the other side of the pond.
From what I can gather, I think this film started out as a Discovery Channel-produced piece about George Hincapie's journey to the '07 PR race, but was derailed by his wrist injury at the TofCA that year. It then morphed into a project about the race, & what it means to the racers and cycling fans everywhere.
A few comments:
In case you were worried that this was a pro-Lance vehicle, fear not: the short LA interview in the trailer is the only LA in the film, no worries.
Rider interviews: Boonen, Van Heswijk, Van Der Flecha, Cancellara, O'Grady, Sean Kelly, Benna, Ballan, Steegmans, Levi and Basso (remnants of the early interviews of Team Discovery, I assume?) and Van Petegem.
Lots of insightful commentary from Johnny Green about the history of the race (love his book Push Yourself Just A Little Bit More.)
There are mechanic interviews, footage of pre-race training rides, race-day sign-in activity, then coverage of the actual race, and the post-race goings-on at the velodrome. Amazing shower scenes (v. nicely done.) Haunting, bass-driven music. Crowd scenes, kids riding the cobbles, oh, it is a thing of beauty for any bike race fan.
The still photgraphy of the current riders is masterful, and there are a few photos that just take your breath away (Backstedt, Brard, Flecha in the shower, Hincapie, oh, you will see what I mean when you watch the movie - they are simply outstanding.)
More later, after more people have seen it. I have a couple of nits to pick, nothing too serious. But again, I say: buy it. Watch it, over and over. It is almost as good as Hell On Wheels, which is quite a compliment, indeed :-)