The Best Cycling Documentaries to Watch These Autumn Days

By Tereza Antonova

You know we’re strong advocates of not letting bikes lie idle in the off-season but still, the days of feeling like lazing around multiply in autumn. No need to feel guilty about that – chill and watch some cycling movies while you’re at it. Here’s our selection of documentaries you shouldn’t miss.

My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes

There’s never enough said about the heroism of Gino Bartali. My Italian Secret depicts stories of Italians who risked their lives to save those of others during WWII. Bartali was one of them but those whose lives he helped saving often didn’t even know his name, and the famous cyclist never talked about his actions during the war. Years after his death, his son (featured in the movie) publicized the incredible deeds of his father.

Chasing Legends

The way Mark Cavendish dominated the points classification at this year’s Tour de France left us breathless, and we wanted more. That’s why this documentary from 2009 featuring Cavendish, back then a member of team Columbia-HTC, couldn’t be missing from our to-watch list. Dive into the 2009 Tour from the perspective of the Columbia-HTC riders. A cherry on top: an appearance of Eddy Merckx.

The Least Expected Day: Inside the Movistar

This is a real treasure for those who wish to take a peek behind the curtains of a professional team’s training season. Featuring the greatest riders of Team Movistar, the documentary series will let you see the perils of being a pro rider from the inside. Season two was released this summer, so here’s your plan for a weekend of binge-watching!

A Sunday in Hell

Why not remember the olden days of the (in)famous Paris-Roubaix? This documentary portrays the perspective of the 1976 classic’s spectators, organizers, and participants. This Danish film has been proclaimed one of the greatest cycling movies of all time.

Geraint Thomas: The Road Will Decide

To all fans of Geraint Thomas: this one is for you. The documentary follows Geraint Thomas, the winner of the 2018 Tour de France, as he struggles to keep the title in 2019. An insight into the individual experience of a pro rider.