Bicycle Dreams

Bicycle Dreams ★★★★
This movie is a documentary on the Race Across America, the longest and cruelest ride in bicycle racing. The ride goes over 3000 miles and is often done in 9-12 days, with an average of 350+ miles/day. The competitors rarely sleep more than two hours a night and often spend the entire night and day riding. During this documentary, which was made during the 2005 ride, one of the competitors, a surgeon from Minnesota, was killed by a semi-truck. This was his sixth time riding the RAAM. There was one lawyer attempting the ride, who didn’t last more than two days. The agony of the riders is well documented. It assured me that this is a race I would never ride, even if I could. The film won numerous awards, fitting for the quality of this documentary.