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Rough Rider Promo – a film you must watch

Rough Rider Promo – a film you must watch

If you followed the Tour de France this year, then you’ll know that Chris Froome and his Team Sky companions were barraged with questions of doping.  Because this time last year, Lance Armstrong still had 7 Tour de France titles to his name.  But thanks to the work by Paul Kimmage, who managed to expose Lance’s duplicity, cycling has become a cleaner sport.  This promo video ‘Rough Rider’ left me sitting on the edge of my seat, eager to learn more. It’s really good.

The film is due for completion in November 2013.  This is what the filmmakers have to say about it on their Vimeo page.

The most spectacular sporting event in the world in 2013 will take place next July, when for twenty‐one days, the 100th Tour de France sees 180 cyclists pedal over 3,000km around the French countryside. This grueling event will be cheered on by huge roadside crowds and accompanied by the mighty caravan of global media, sponsors, medics and support staff that keep the wheels turning.

Within that media scrum sits one of the worlds most cantankerous sports journalists. Paul Kimmage has spent the last 22 years fighting to rid his most beautiful sport of doping. The former professional cyclist is detested by many in the sport, led by Lance Armstrong, fellow journalists and heads of the world cycling governing body.

Throughout the twenty‐one days of the most grueling road race, we travel with journalist Paul Kimmage in his caravan, giving us an extraordinary insight into the fascinating, beautiful and often shocking world of professional cycling. At its heart this is a story of one man’s unrequited love for his sport.

Right now, there is no sport with a bigger credibility fight on its hands than cycling, and no event where genuine romance coexists so uncomfortably with hideous reality than the Tour de France. Told against the backdrop of the centenary Tour, and through the eyes of one of the most aggravated whistleblowers in sports journalism, we are going on a journey that could prove to be one of the most contentious sports films of our time.

Made with development funding from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board

Tobias Mews

Adventure Sports Journalist, Filmmaker and Athlete