Overcoming…the anoraks bike porn

No its not a story about me and a strange fetish, its actually the title of a great little film that I watched the other day.

Overcoming is a documentary following the worlds greatest cycling team ( at the time ) CSC as the prepared and competed in the 2005 Tour De France.

The main focus is on Bjarne Riis the danish owner and manager of the swiss team, and also features stars such as Ivan Basso, Carlos Sastre and Bobby Julich.  The film at times is like an MTV video with loud music, flashing images etc…..but it makes for a good viewing experience.

CSC had great hopes for Basso winning the tour that year and you see the whole range of emotions on display here, including one of the riders being told they’d been implicated in a drugs scandal, which given Bassos recent firing by CSC for alleged cheating is all the more poignaint.

There are 3 highlights of the film for me :

1. The co-operation between discovery and CSC to get Basso and Armstrong away, which virtually ended the challenge of Ullrich and the others.

2. The Physio working on Carlos Sastre after a gruelling mountain stage, what he did to his neck brought tears to my eyes !

3. The indignant look on Bjarne Riis face when a French news report says that “Anything to do with Riis is linked to doping” is priceless given the fact he was known as Mr Sixty Percent because of his “alleged” illegally high levels of heamocrit.

This is one dvd for the cycle porn enthusiasts and the dvd is also packed with special features. Its a gritty and interesting little film.

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One response to “Overcoming…the anoraks bike porn

  1. Sounds fun…. Our computers at Marconi were operated by CSC, We used to tease the operators that if they hadn’t spent all the money on a bike team, They would have enough cash to make our IT system work !

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