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Best and Worst Race Tapes(11 posts)

Best and Worst Race TapesMcAndrus
Jan 24, 2002 7:42 AM
Okay, let me see how I can use up my disposable income. Anyone want to start a list of best and worst race tapes produced by WCP or anyone else? As always, the voting is completely subjective.

Best (in no particular order)
- A Sunday in Hell
- 1989 TdF
- 1992,93,94 Milan San Remo
- 1993 World Championships
- Hammer 'n Hell, 93 Tour DuPont

- 2001 Championship of Zurich
- 1989 World Championships
- 2001 TdF 3-hour version (I know, I blaspheme)
Jan 24, 2002 8:29 AM
Can anyone recommend good stage race DVDs?

(please don't tell me who won - I have never followed copetition cycling)
Best and Worst Race Tapesallervite
Jan 24, 2002 8:46 AM
I am really happy with the 2000 Giro. There is not much drama in the commentary, but great footage. Quite a few crashes (one in which a Marshal motor takes out a FDJ cyclist on a lone breakaway.) It is surprising how Garzelli comes from no where to snatch victory from the unlikeable Casagrande.

The Coppi vs. Bartali video is not that great. Good footage of the old days, but for obvious reasons it is choppy and abrupt. No real story, just the basic facts of their careers.
re: Best and Worst Race TapesSteve Davis
Jan 24, 2002 10:06 AM
Best: 1990 Paris-Roubaix. Great coverage of the important breaks and a super close ending. Very exciting.

Worst: My Spinervals tapes after the holiday eating frenzy.
Vote for SIH here.............Sam T
Jan 24, 2002 10:13 AM

Thought I'd throw in a vote for Sunday in Hell - This is NOT your "normal" WCP tape, as it was produced by Jorgen Leth (sp?), who has a vastly different style.

I love this tape, kind of a documentary, rather than typical WCP race coverage. Shows some fanatical hammering by Eddy mercxk and his competitors, including Moser, Roger DeVlaeminck, etc. - the footage of De Vlaeminck, Jan Raas, Moser, rocketing down the little path on the side of the pave' is amazing.

Anyhow - I think this is a classic for ANY road cyclist's stable of tapes/dvd's. Get it, but not everyone likes the different production style it's made in - Terrific!
I second the vote for SIH and also...AUH
Jan 24, 2002 11:16 AM
La Course En Tete. Almost no information and commentary, just a little bit in French from Eddy's wife. Very annoying music. But aahh the footage. Eddy on rollers. Eddy winning races. losing races. horrific crashes. having his cap grabbed away by fans. It's almost worth getting the entire tape or dvd just for the two rollers scenes - he floats on them like magic and spins like a whirlwind.
My favorite documentary,TJeanloz
Jan 25, 2002 8:25 AM
I think the best cycling film is "23 Days in July"; it's a young Phil Liggitt chronicalling the life and times of Phil Anderson in the 1983 Tour. It does a great job of explaining to non-cyclist Americans just what the Tour means to cyclists and to the whole of France. It does have some very cheesy French music, but is otherwise very well done. This is the tape to show your spouse who won't let you watch 3 hours of TdF coverage every night; it will convert them, or at least let them understand.
Although the untranslated French confounds meMcAndrus
Jan 24, 2002 11:31 AM
Why he didn't at least put subtitles in it? I love the racing and the commentary but watching Belgian and French pub crawlers speaking in French? I can't leaf through my French-English dictionary that fast.
worst- anything with Greg Lewisnm
Jan 24, 2002 11:37 AM
re: Best and Worst Race Tapesbronk
Jan 24, 2002 1:03 PM
best: 2001 Paris-Roubaix. i haven't seen the WCP tape, but i watched it on OLN last year (with paul & phil). fantastic race except that you couldn't tell the riders apart because they were all covered in mud.

worst: 1998 giro - great race but they added horrible music that could've come straight out of a porn flick.
Don't they allTypeOne
Jan 25, 2002 4:04 PM
All those WCP tapes have that porn music. I like listening to Liggett, but I have to mute the sound while spinning to avoid the tinny, synthesized Euro beats.
But it's not quite as bad as watching those shows on skateboarding that are actually heavy metal videos or tattoo art advertisements.