Another 15 cycling documentaries you really should watch

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Last week we published a collection of 15 cycling documentaries that all cycling fans should watch. It’s fair to say that post was a popular — a great many of you dropped by to check out the films we’d listed, and a whole lot of you left comments here and on social media about other docos that deserve to be on cycling’s must-watch list.

And so we’re back today with another 15 cycling documentaries that you really should watch. Some go back as far as World War II, while others are far more recent. Some you’ll be able to watch for free here on this page; others you’ll need to go and rent through iTunes, Amazon Prime, Netflix or the like. All are worthy of your time.

So without further ado, here are another 15 cycling documentaries you really should watch. And just like last time, if you’ve got other such films you’d highly recommend, be sure to let us know in the comments below. Enjoy!

Pantani: Accidental Death of a Cyclist

The unique and compelling story of one man battling both the mountains and his own addiction, set against the dramatic background of the Alps during the Tour de France.

Get access to the full film over at Amazon Prime.

Half the Road

Half the Road explores the world of women’s professional cycling, focusing on the riders’ love of the sport and the issue of inequality that modern-day female riders continue to face.

Watch the full film at Amazon Prime.

Icarus

Filmmaker Bryan Fogel set out to learn about performance-enhancing drugs in cycling but ended up uncovering something far bigger than anyone could have imagined.

You can watch the full film at Netflix.

I just want to ride

Follow ultra-endurance racer Lael Wilcox as she takes on one of the world’s most famous bikepacking routes at the Tour Divide. As she makes her way south from Canada to Mexico, Wilcox has to overcome many barriers, both natural and human-made.

My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes

The story of how thousands of Italian Jews were rescued during World War II by ordinary and prominent Italians, including champion cyclist Gino Bartali.

Watch the full film on Amazon Prime.

Cycling: Still the Greatest

A short ode to the thrills and excitement of cycling, including highlights from the 1976 Olympics and the 1978 Commonwealth Games.

Blood Road

Ultra-endurance adventurer Rebecca Rusch cycles thousands of kilometres along the Ho Chi Minh Trail through the jungles of Vietnam. Her goal? To reach the site where her father, a US Air Force pilot, was shot down in Laos more than 40 years earlier.

You can watch the full film at the Red Bull website.

Le Ride

Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan and friend Ben Cornell retrace the tyre tracks of Kiwi cyclist Harry Watson at the 1928 Tour de France, riding the same vintage bike — without gears — and covering the same distance in the same amount of time.

Watch the full film at Amazon Prime.

Chasing Legends

Documents the 2009 Tour de France through the eyes of the Columbia HTC cycling team and some legends of the sport. A modern classic.

Get your copy of the full film at Amazon.

Rising from the Ashes

Two worlds collide when cyclist Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda to help the first Rwandan National Cycling Team in their six-year journey to compete in the London Olympics. Against impossible odds both Boyer and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past.

You can watch the full film at iTunes.

De Ronde 100: Behind the scenes

A revealing look behind the scenes of the 2016 Tour of Flanders — the race’s 100th edition — with a focus on both the women’s and men’s races and those that bring the event to life.

Eddy Merckx: Greatest Show on Earth

Covers the dramatic duel between Eddy Merckx and Felice Gimondi at the 1974 Giro d’Italia.

All For One

This Aussie film follows the first five years of GreenEdge’s journey through the WorldTour. Co-created by Dan Jones, founder of the groundbreaking Backstage Pass videos.

You can watch the full film at iTunes.

Slaying the Badger

Greg LeMond looks back at the pivotal 1986 Tour de France and his increasingly vicious rivalry with friend, teammate and mentor Bernard Hinault.

Get your copy of the full film at Amazon.

Thereabouts #1

The Morton brothers — Lachlan and Gus — ride from Port Macquarie to Uluru in Central Australia, covering 2,500 km in 12 days in an attempt to rediscover their love for the sport. Be sure to read the feature article about this trip at CyclingTips. You can also check out Thereabouts 2 (shot in the US) and Thereabouts 3 (an adventure through Colombia).

Got other cycling documentaries you think people should watch? Let us know in the comments below.

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