As a part of our social Friday events, on Friday, April 11 at 7 pm the Recyclery presents you a classic documentary about one of the greatest professional cycling races. This will be held instead of our regular volunteer hours.
One day professional cycling races are under way as a part of the Spring Classic series that are run in western Europe each year.
Arguably the most exciting of them are so called Cobbled Classics.
Paris – Roubaix also called The Queen of The Classics (other names The Hell of the North or Sunday in Hell) takes place in northern France, Paris and finishing on the Belgium frontier, Roubaix. First run in 1896, Paris–Roubaix is one of cycling’s oldest races. It is known for its many ‘cobbled sectors’ and is the most famous and usually the most dramatic of the spring classics.
This year the race is held on April 13 and to mark this on Friday, April 11 we are showing A Sunday in Hell, Danish documentary (director Jorgen Leth), a chronology of the 1976 Paris–Roubaix bicycle race from the perspective of participants, organizers and spectators.
The film captures not just the events of the 1976 edition but the atmosphere of a professional race.
“Before lycra, before carbon fibre racing frames, before funny chemicals, there were the Belgians—the famed Eddie Merckx and his arch-rival Roger De Vlaeminck—who squared off against each other in this decisive duel. Leth captures every crucial moment of the race: the hopeful fools in the breakaway, the grinding mass of the peleton, the choking dust of the pavée, the fallen and bleeding by the roadside, and the final, desperate, sinew-wrenching sprint for la gloire. “– Adelaide Film Festival website.
It is a great race and great movie and we are delighted to have a possibility to share it with you.
Once again movie is shown at the Recyclery on Friday, April 11 at 7 pm. Everybody is invited!