Directed by Phil Keoghan
In 1928 an under-resourced and untested team from New Zealand and Australia competed in what is considered to be the toughest sporting event in the world. Many considered the entry of these courageous underdogs, racing as a team of 4 against teams of 10, a joke. One French journalist called their attempt nothing short of murder. 168 riders started the more than 3,500-mile race, only 41 finished. Surprisingly this remarkable story about the achievements of these brave athletes has never been told on film, until now. Phil Keoghan - television personality, adventurer and cycling enthusiast, retraces the 1928 Tour de France route, bringing history to life. Following the original course and schedule, riding a vintage bike, Phil and his team will average 150 miles a day for 22 stages.
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★★★★★ review by janetvonrandow on Letterboxd
Phil Keoghan, tv personality in the US and bike enthusiast pays tribute to a little-known NZ sports hero. In 1928 the cyclist Harry Watson and three Australian peers signed up to ride the Tour de France. Phil Keoghan and a friend had similar bikes made - except for modern saddles - and recreated the ride. They had their family as the support crew, the film crew etc and did it all on a shoestring. It was a story well told and the reenactment left one quite sore. A great evening in the cinema with a hilarious q and a session afterwards. A story that needed to be told - amazing.
★★★½ review by teapot37 on Letterboxd
After "The Amazing Race" host Phil Keoghan read a book about the first English-speaking team (a Kiwi and three Aussies) to compete in the Tour de France, in 1928, he was compelled to try to complete the original race course (all 3300+ miles) using the original race schedule on period racing bicycles with a friend. Things are complicated when they discover that many of the roads originally used have become highways and couldn't be ridden on. Also, the bikes they used, even in the mountain stages, were fixed gear!
I saw this as the opening film of the Louisville International Film Festival, including a post-film Q&A with Phil Keoghan.
★★★★★ review by Chris on Letterboxd
Great film. Unbelievable hardship but lots of laughs to.
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