Winter Watching: Ultra-Distance Films
15 December, 2021
Please note, some films are free to watch but others may be behind a paywall.
📷Featured image courtesy of Mike Dion
I Just Want To Ride
After all the commotion associated with this film, this highly anticipated release from Rugile Kaladyte commissioned by Pearl Izumi is a must-watch. It covers Lael's 2019 Tour Divide race as she attempted to become the first female outright winner.
An intimate exploration of the testing Spanish gravel trails and their relationship with the riders. Badlands is a 750km gravel race with over 16,000m of elevation in peak summer.
The documentary that explores the first edition of the PEdALED Silk Road Mountain Race.Kyrgystan offers one of the wildest and most inhospitable environments for a bikepacking race, with 1800km covered and 30,000m of climbing.
Pan Celtic Race - The Film
After the postponement of the 2020 edition of the Pan Celtic Race, the route stayed on mainland shores instead of visiting Ireland. Follow the riders along the Cornish coastline and up through Wales.
The Alt Tour
Whilst not technically an ultra-race, Lachlan Morton's alternative to the Tour De France was a refreshing perspective on modern competitive cycling. Self-supported can come in many different forms.
Day and Night
Apidura brings us a glimpse of the Trans Atlantic Way. Follow two very different riders, Björn Lenhard and Tomy Mulledy, as they take on the 2018 TransAtlantic Way race.
Despite a career of world-firsts in endurance cycling expeditions, Mark Beaumont had never competed in anything other than what amounts to very extreme solo time trials. Filmed by Markus Stitz using only public transport and a bike.
Rebecca Rusch is one of the best ultra-endurance mountain bikers in the world. This film covers her emotional quest to find the exact site of her father's plane when it crashed during the Vietnam War. It's a rollercoaster of a journey through grief and exploration. This film is available to buy on YouTube. (Follow the trailer link to purchase the film or search "Blood Road Rebecca Rusch" on YouTube).
Inspired To Ride
The original bikepacking film by Mike Dion that focused on Mike Hall's TransAm Bike Race and also featured, world-class rider Juliana Buhring. The film that inspired them all. Available to buy on Vimeo.
Safety to Nome
The Iditarod Trail Race is the World's toughest ultra endurace event. 1000 miles through the freezing snow, only the toughest riders finish this gruelling race. Available to watch on Amazon.
South - The Director's Cut
Explore the amazing scenes provided by the secret trails of New Zealand. Director Rob Dawson brings you this first hand view of the Tour Te Waipounamu. Available to buy on Vimeo.
Itching for more?
We've recently created a YouTube channel with a playlist full of ultra-distance films. Do you have any recommendations? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your ideas for our ultra-race film library.