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BLOOD SWEAT + GEARS is the inspirational story of America's only ProTour cycling team, a team devoted not only to cleaning up the sport of cycling, but to competing in - and possibly winning - the Tour de France.

Setting off from the frozen roads of a Colorado winter, racing over the dangerous cobblestones of the Spring classic Paris-Roubaix, and finally arriving to the Champs-Elysees, the grand Parisian boulevard which marks the end of the Tour de France, this riveting, eye-opening documentary takes viewers on an incredible emotional journey, following the ups and downs of an underdog cycling team as they try, against all odds, to ride triumphantly into Paris.

From the intensive daily training that is required to compete at the highest level to the glory of winning races against the world's best pro riders, BLOOD SWEAT + GEARS captures the passion and suffering of this simultaneously beautiful and brutal sport.

Featuring
David Millar
Mike Friedman
Magnus Backstedt
Christian Vande Velde
Jonathan Vaughters
Matt White
Doug Ellis
Danny & Lara Pate
Will Frischkorn
Allen Lim
Team Garmin-Chipotle/Slipstream & Staff

Special Features

  • Short Film: Millar's Tale
  • Short Film: Behind the Scenes at the Tour
  • Photo Gallery
  • Film Notes
  • Director Biography

Product Details

  • Actors: Christian Vande Velde, David Millar, Magnus Backstedt, Mike Friedman
  • Directors: Nick Davis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: October 22, 2009
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002HU1ZGE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,344 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blood Sweat + Gears: Racing Clean to the Tour de France" on IMDb

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Vitale on August 11, 2009
Format: DVD
I originally watched this documentary on the Sundance Channel. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it immensely and learned a lot about the sport of professional cycling. I am not a cycling fan. Nor do you need to be one to enjoy watching this documentary.

"Blood, Sweat + Gears" follows a relatively new pro-cycling team founded in 2007 named "Slipstream Chipotle". "Slipstream Chipotle" is looking to make it big in the world of professional cycling. The goal of this particular pro-cycling team is to have pro-cycling team where all of the cyclists are free of using sports enhancing drugs (doping has apparently become quite pervasive/common place in the pro-cycling circuit), gain major sponsorship, and be invited to participate in the Tour de France.

In this documentary, we see this team meet all of its goals. The team has a strong anti-doping program to help ensure clean cyclists. "Slipstream Chipotle" does receive major sponsorship from Garmin and the team becomes known as "Garmin Slipstream". "Garmin Slipstream" does receive the invitation to participate in the Tour de France where we are able to see their pro-cyclists participate in the 2008 Tour de France.

"Blood, Sweat + Gears" showcases some of "Garmin Slipstream's" major pro-cyclists: Christian Vande Velde, Michael Friedman, David Millar, and Magnus Backstedt and more.

The "Garmin Slipstream" team is lead by Jonathan Vaughters, a former professional cyclist, who is is currently the CEO of Slipstream Sports and the director of of the professional touring team.

The flow of "Blood, Sweat + Gears" is great. It was wonderful to see what it is like to train as a pro-cyclist, the pressure of the sport in general and and so on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Spell VINE VOICE on November 9, 2010
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As a new cyclist I bought a few DVDs to learn and be entertained. Let me be clear, I can't watch the Tour de France on TV as it is too boring so I was looking for a story but also something I could speed through if necessary. NOT NECESSARY! This is very entertaining! The documentary is about the formation of a team to compete without doping with an initial side story of obtaining a sponsor. They get the sponsor fairly quickly, one of my favorite companies, Garmin. But where this documentary far exceeds expectations is the human interest stories it presents. An initial introduction of the team lets you see who are the stars. But when racing starts so do injuries, poor performances and incredible performances. Totally unpredictable and very enjoyable!

An example of this human interest is the side story of the American rider who continues to underacheive while followed by his Dad, always very positive about his son's performance, good or bad. At a break in training the son races to represent the USA in the Olympics. This side story manages to be heartbreaking and inspirational.

So why do I only rate this a 4? Well, there probably does need to be more riding or at a minimum, instead of showing team dinners maybe a little more training. That is the only negative for me. Otherwise, a worthwhile documentary that I STRONGLY recommend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James E. Taylor on December 5, 2011
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I enjoyed this video more than "Yell for Cadel" - both offer insights into professional cycling. I love to support the underdog(s)!
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As an avid cyclist and racer I'm always interested in what goes on behind the scenes in the world of professional cycling. This is a great look into their world and gives a new look into the life of a cyclist dealing with drugs, winning losing, falling from grace and stepping up as a leader.
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By Vita on January 25, 2015
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Excellent. Thx!
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