ALL FOR ONE

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Directors: Dan Jones, Marcus Cobbledick. "All for one" was the rallying cry of the three musketeers, but it also seems to encapsulate the camaraderie and spirit of the GreenEDGE cycling team, Australia's first professional cycling team to compete in the prestigious Tour De France. The team was established in 2010 by millionaire businessman Gerry Ryan, the founder of Jayco Caravans, who has poured much of his own money into building the team. He established a team comprising 30 riders, plenty of support staff, doctors and Continue reading

LE RIDE

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Phil Keoghan. The Tour de France is one of the world’s great sporting events, and a real test of endurance, stamina and determination. The 1928 Tour was one of the most gruelling in the event’s history, and it was a real war of attrition as only 41 of the 161 riders who started the race actually reached the finish line. But the 1928 race was also memorable because it was the first time that an English-speaking team participated. The team came from Australia and New Zealand, but were undermanned and lacked the support Continue reading

LE RIDE – interview with Phil Keoghan

by GREG KING Phil Keoghan is best known as the host of the tv series The Amazing Race in which he sends contestants off on adventures. In 2013 he embarked on his own grand adventure, in which he and his friend Ben Cornell attempted to recreate the original route of the 1928 Tour de France. The 1928 Tour was one of the most gruelling in the sport’s history, and only 41 of the 161 starters finished the race. Amongst the riders who finished were Australian legend Hubert Opperman, Ernie Bainbridge, Percy Osborne and New Zealand rider Harry Watson. Combining a wealth of Continue reading

THE PROGRAM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephen Frears Stars: Ben Foster, Chris O'Dowd, Jesse Plemons, Guillaume Canet, Lee Pace, Dustin Hoffman, Denis Menochet, Bryan Greenberg, Laura Donnelly, Elaine Cassidy, Edward Hogg. By now just about everybody is aware that Lance Armstrong's historic seven wins in the iconic and grueling Tour De France were tainted by drugs and the use of elaborate masking agents. Especially after his frank and revealing confession in an extended interview with Oprah Winfrey. And anyone who saw Alex Gibney's detailed and well researched 2013 Continue reading

THE PROGRAM – interview with David Walsh

by GREG KING Irish journalist David Walsh wrote the book Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit Of Lance Armstrong. It has formed the basis of the new film The Program, which has been written by John Hodges (Trainspotting, etc) and directed by Stephen Frears. Ben Foster plays Lance Armstrong and Chris O'Dowd plays Walsh. The Program is released on November 26. Greg caught up with David Walsh to find out more about Lance Armstrong, the tainted Tour De France and the film. http://www.mediafire.com/listen/grl3fifd559g966/201024_001.MP3 Continue reading