Le Ride

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - BOOKS & FILM - di­rected by Phil Keoghan dis­trib­uted by De­mand Films

Thea­maz­in­grace’s Phil Keoghan had a story he wanted to tell, in film. But he had some prob­lems: all the peo­ple in­volved in the story had passed away and there was lit­tle footage from that time. His so­lu­tion? Ride across France on an early 20th-cen­tury bike with his friend Ben Cor­nell. The story he wanted to tell was that of Harry Watson, a cy­clist from near Keoghan’s home­town of Lin­coln, New Zealand. In 1928, Watson rode in the Tour de France with three Aus­tralians as part of the first English-speak­ing team to do la Grande Boucle. Watson’s story was mostly un­known. Even his son, at 86, didn’t know the story un­til Keoghan told him. Some parts of Keoghan’s film do have the feel of his re­al­ity show. Things move quickly. There are wrong turns by the two rid­ers and mishaps. But it is an in­ven­tive way to delve into the past. Keoghan is pas­sion­ate about cy­cling and his sub­ject, which all comes through Leride.

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