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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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What a marvellous documentary
6 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

Way back in 1928, a team of four riders (three from Australia, one from New Zealand) took part in the very gruelling Tour de France. The normal size of groups taking part was ten, so this group were seen as most unlikely to succeed, and were expected to withdraw early in the race. This documentary is a re-enactment of that effort, using historic bicycles, and along as close a route as possible (Lots of roads have changed over the intervening years.) as the 1928 event. The leader of this small modern group is a most engaging host, and very determined. You don't have to be a cyclist to enjoy the ride, so to speak. The session I went to see did have a huge number of people who looked like cyclists in the audience, and they were nudging each other, and gasping at many points in the ride. If you have watched the TV coverage of this event, you will know just how scenic and eventful the race can be, and we are guided through it by a committed and clear commentary.The documentary is so well structured and so engagingly presented, that all audience members seemed to be really enjoying it. Some use of aerial photography, and generally very good camera-work on the ground is also pleasing.


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