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Bicycle Dreams: A Cycling Film [DVD] (2010)

Jure Robic , Bob Breedlove , Stephen Auerbach  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jure Robic, Bob Breedlove, Chris MacDonald, Catharina Berge, Marko Baloh
  • Directors: Stephen Auerbach
  • Format: NTSC, Color, Widescreen
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Auerfilms
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KJAIG0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,458 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

BICYCLE DREAMS is one of the most celebrated cycling films of all time. Winner of 17 Film Festivals (Best Documentary at Grand Rapids Film Festival, Las Vegas Film Festival, Yosemite Film Festival, Red Rock Film Festival, Moscow Film Festival, Lake Arrowhead Film Festival, Breckenridge Film Festival, Los Angeles Sports Film Festival, and many more.) BICYCLE DREAMS is the powerful true story of the Race Across America, a 3000-mile bicycle race that challenges riders to cross the country in just ten days. They must overcome searing desert heat, agonizing mountain climbs, and endless stretches of open road, all while battling extreme exhaustion and sleep deprivation. But what begins as the adventure of a lifetime is transformed in an instant when tragedy strikes the race. These voyagers discover what is truly at stake as they pedal on, praying for the deliverance only the finish line can bring. By journey's end, some are saved, others are lost, but all learn that the fuel that takes a soul toward its own true destiny is desire. Reviews have been magnificent: "An astonishing documentary. Bicycle Dreams is a ride of many stark contrasts; when it ended I felt both shattered and triumphant. I realized I was experiencing its genius." (Pez Cycling). "I imagine every cyclist who has seen this movie has ridden a little bit further or harder ever since." (Bike Rumor) "Bicycle Dreams captures the human condition like few other films. This movie is not for those who want to shy away from the tragic side of human experience. Bicycle Dreams moves us to break through the barrier of the fear of death. I have seldom found a film that captures this 'life drama' as powerfully as does Bicycle Dreams." (Cycling Review) "" This is a movie about conquering the status quo. It was a kick in the gut. By the end of the movie, I felt drained. Trampled. Ridden over. Spit out. This is not a movie about bikes. It's about ambition, and the fear most people have of it."(Drunk Cyclist)

Customer Reviews

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A monument to the immortal words, "I can!" September 9, 2009
What is it about bicycles that make a certain brand of men and women strive to do what other people only dream about?

Auerbach's movie gives an up-close and personal view of what drives the cyclists who pedal across deserts, mountain ranges and plains coast-to-coast in the Race Across America.

You feel their pain and personal struggles, you cry over their tragedies and you share their exhilaration when they finish. You hear in their own words what makes them push themselves beyond normal human limits.

By the end, you'll know the answer to the question: What do you call the last cyclist to cross the RAAM finish line?

A winner.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The rawest form of desire is just wanting to survive." September 5, 2009
I learned about Bicycle Dreams from a post on a cycling forum, so when I bought the movie I thought it was going to be a "cyclist's" film, focusing on the details of RAAM, the bikes, and the technicalities of the race. But it isn't so much about RAAM as it is about the people involved in the race - who they are and why they do this amazing event. Endurance athletes (especially ultra-endurance athletes) are a special group, and the athletes featured in the film are all likeable, easy to watch and, without exception, inspiring in their dedication and toughness. I've watched this film more times than I can remember, and with each viewing I find it more engrossing and entertaining. Whether you're a cyclist, an endurance athlete, or just fascinated by people who want achieve far beyond what is considered normal, you'll love Bicycle Dreams. It is well worth watching, again and again.

"At the end of your life if people say you were kind, that is enough." - Dr. Bob Breedlove
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intestinal Fortitude at it's Finest September 8, 2009
By DonJuan
I'm writing with prejudice, I am a cyclist. Never have I witnessed such a crystal clear depiction of what it feels like to spend hours on the bike. I am awed by Auerbach's prospective, he made you feel as if you were there with the RAAM competitors. You felt their pleasure and pain. You understood why they were doing this. This documentary made sense of what could easily be misconstrued as a ridiculous attempt for recognition. It is doubtful that RAAM soloist finishers will ever become famous, but they will have a sense of satisfaction few others will ever achieve.

"I have reason to believe the grass might be a little greener
on the other side" - Bob Schneider
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing some elements December 30, 2010
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While this film introduces the world to the madness that is the RAAM and the determination of the riders, I feel there are some key elements missing from the film. I first found out about this race and the film while listening to a RadioLab podcast about limits, where they discussed the limitations of humans, physically, mentally, and emotionally. The segment about the RAAM was moving and I wanted to know more, while experiencing the Elevation I was from the podcast, which brought me to the film.

The film follows the trials of a handful of riders from start to finish. It focuses more on the personal, and almost disconnects from the topic, questioning the abilities and decisions only indirectly and subtly. This film, however, needs a few additional things: narration, increased production value (most of the shots were done with a poor-quality SD camera), and details about not only the riders but also the race. I wanted to know how they prepare for it, the things they eat, statistics, ways they stay focused, engaged, etc. Besides, the film could have been made to be much more gut-wrenching, with the right music director and better editing.

It's unfortunate to hear about Jure Robic, as well. He was the icon in this film.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A winner documentary September 11, 2009
I thought I was prepared for the material in this film. I mean I've been reading about the RAAM since it's inception and I knew it was basically a masochistic exercise in sleep deprivation and exhaustion. But the director makes you intimately involved with the players. Not just the riders and the systematic demolition of their physical and mental abilities but the enormous effort of the support staff for these riders and the emotional battering they go through to keep the riders on the road. I almost quit watching at the shocker halfway through the film because it hit me in hard the pit of the gut. But you keep watching, in hope and morbid facination to see what happens next. The director doesn't always show you what is happening but you know, even more acutely, because he shows you how it affects the players in the film. By the end you are as exhausted as the teams who finish and you feel the same endorphin high tempered with I'm-glad-it's-over-but man-what-a journey!

This is a first class film and will be of interest to cyclists, extreme athletes of any sport, students of the human psyche, and those who would like to personally see where the limits of human endurance are found.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passion, Endurance, Insanity! September 8, 2009
I had the privilege of attending a standing-room only screening of "Bicycle Dreams" at the Little Roxie in San Francisco earlier this year. This is such an incredible American tale - the cyclists, their teams, the guys who shot this film.It didn't hurt that I was actually sitting behind Shanna Armstrong, the first solo female winner of this race. I'm a cycling fanatic. I had to own this DVD. But, this is one of those DVDs that will bring anyone back over and over to watch these riveting stories of people who are each so unique but are all willing to give *everything* for this sport.

You really want "Bicycle Dreams" in your library!
Bicycle Dreams
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good documentary
A nice documentary that tracks individual riders and their trials and triumphs as they race across the US. Read more
Published 2 months ago by BClark
2.0 out of 5 stars This is not really a documentary of RAAM
This is not really a documentary of RAAM. This is more of a religious documentary, which teaches and embraces the religions Darwinism, Evolution, and New Age Spirituality. Read more
Published 2 months ago by SkeletonDenial
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great condition great movie, absolutely loved the story would definitely recommend this to bicycle lovers.! Its a really good watch
Published 4 months ago by Emma Geddes
3.0 out of 5 stars just OK.
I don't know how it won so many awards. Just OK. Not that riveting. It jumps around chronologically and was hard to follow some times.
Published 5 months ago by PowerTankSteve
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for my Cycling Nephew!
My nephew is 20 years old and I gave this to him for his birthday. He watched it the day he got it and said it was wonderful!
Published 5 months ago by Jordi
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome movie!
This is an awesome movie. I have waited a long time for the extra money to buy the movie and loved it!
Published 6 months ago by kariekamm
3.0 out of 5 stars Not As Good As All The Hype
It's an ok film. Kind of a cross between a documentary and a movie. Watched it a second time to see if I was just missing it the first time through. Nope. It's just ok.
Published 7 months ago by RLight
4.0 out of 5 stars torture
these riders were animals. The conditions and mental torture they went thru was unbelievable. Could have been closer individual monitoring to get the true feel of the rider
Published 9 months ago by James W. Carden Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT DVD FOR CYCLISTS
Very cool inside look at endurance cyclists. Truly amazing to see these riders punish their bodies for little to no recognition.
Published 9 months ago by James G Malmgren
4.0 out of 5 stars Race Accross America
This race is insane. I'm a senior racee, Duathlete, which probably makes me a bit insane. Further evidence of insanity: Who at 60 years old goes all out in a race for 2 hours... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Radbadad
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