Saturday, February 06, 2010
DVD Review - Bicycle Dreams
You know a DVD is good when you immediately hit "play" as soon as the end credits are rolling. That's exactly what I did with Bicycle Dreams, a new documentary film by Stephen Auerbach that chronicles the 2008 Race Across America (RAAM). The footage and editing are brilliant, providing a unique view into the minds and souls of those crazy enough to try and ride 3,000 miles across the US in 12 days. I think it's interesting to any athlete, but for endurance athletes this movie is a "must see".
What drives a person to want to sleep one hour every 2-3 days and ride straight through from San Diego to Atlantic City? To push themselves so hard that they can't envision the faces of their wife and kid just one car back? And what happens when tragedy strikes half way through the race and forces crew and riders alike to question the very core of why they engage in such risk? This has it all, with plenty of quotables that you can take with you. Just check out the trailer and see for yourself.
I've watched it three times now, and it just keeps getting better. You can pick up a copy of one from their Web site, bicycledreamsmovie.com.