Road To Roubaix - Film Review
The absolute best cycling film to date. It was a powerful, emotional journey for myself watching this film. It is the greatest sporting documentary of our time. It truly celebrates one of the most historical and relevant races in the world. David Deal, Dave Cooper, Kathryn Hempel and all who worked on this film I have great respect for you. It was captivating right from the opening credits.
This film captured the true essence and spirit of Paris Roubaix and what it means to those who love this great sport. It gave you a sense of what it takes to ride on the cobbled roads which have been battered by Napoleonic and two World Wars. The history of this region is truly astounding.
The behind the scenes footage tastefully displays what it takes to be a professional cyclist and brings you inside the pain, suffering and the joys of victory. The cinematography captures the beauty of the region through stunning panoramic views, the footage of the race, riders, and the infamous cobblestones. Johnny Greene's raspy voice , combined with the musical scores, parallels the old CBS coverage of the Tour de France during the years 1985-1988, which simply heightened the emotional level greatly.
Every now and then, there is a film that impacts your life greatly. Well for me, this is one of those films. As I journey through my mid life crisis, trying to understand and reflect on my life. Part of this film explains who I am. I delved deep into this film, and came out understanding more about myself. Where I started, who I became, and who I am today. Those who know me, know I am a part of those roads, the fields, the homes, the towns of Northern France. It is my calling. There's no other place I'd rather be in the world than in and around the roads of Roubaix. It is where I belong.