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Anybody see 'Breaking Away' on espn classic ?(20 posts)

Anybody see 'Breaking Away' on espn classic ?Leroy
Dec 16, 2002 9:47 AM
Sunday night, last [Dec. 15th] I'd forgotten what a good movie it is. Great cine from Indiana. Do they still run that race ?
re: Anybody see 'Breaking Away' on espn classic ?ClydeTri
Dec 16, 2002 9:50 AM
yes they do..
you can get the dvd for $14.64, shipping included at
re: Anybody see 'Breaking Away' on espn classic ?Leroy
Dec 16, 2002 11:05 AM
Do they run the race on track bikes like in the movie? The lead in siad the filmmaker had won the race way back when.
re: Anybody see 'Breaking Away' on espn classic ?ClydeTri
Dec 16, 2002 11:30 AM
From what I have read in recent past they still use single speeds..all identical provided by a common manufacturer....they occasionally show up on Ebay.
YES, 6th time, I never get tired of it. (nm)Chen2
Dec 16, 2002 10:30 AM
Dec 16, 2002 10:38 AM
What was the largest film making gaff in the movie?

Pedaling at 60mph? (nm)Chen2
Dec 16, 2002 10:40 AM
behind the truck...ClydeTri
Dec 16, 2002 10:42 AM
he was doing 50 to his small chain ring
More specificallyPaulCL
Dec 16, 2002 10:44 AM
If I remember first, he is in the big ring, then the next shot (at 60) he's in the small ring. Lance should spin so fast.....
Dec 16, 2002 10:54 AM
Everyone is right, of course.

Assuming he had a 42x11 combo, and 11's were very rare back then, he must have been spinning 200 rpms. Possible, but not likely. In a 42x12, it would have been 217 rpms.

Dec 16, 2002 11:52 AM
The couple of times he pops out from behind the truck he does not loose any ground. At those speeds it seems like you would hit a brick wall popping out in to the air steam.
What do you think?
oh my, yesDougSloan
Dec 16, 2002 12:57 PM
I've motor paced trucks at 40 mph, and popping out is like hitting a wall; you go from needing maybe 300 watts to over 1,000. Can't imagine at 60.

Dec 16, 2002 1:54 PM
it's been a while since i've seen it, but doesn't he also move his shift lever down, and the chain shifts to the smaller cogs?
Q? - what frame do the Cinzano boys ride? NmSpirito
Dec 16, 2002 11:03 AM
re: Anybody see 'Breaking Away' on espn classic ?peter1
Dec 16, 2002 12:41 PM
Yeah! I love the scene at the end where Moocher grabs the bike after Dave goes down...

...but didn't the judges realize that he got an unfair advantage when they taped his feet to the pedals?
Taped feet to the pedalsLeroy
Dec 16, 2002 2:00 PM
meant that he couldn't relay with a teammate and had to finish the race himself - at least I think that's what the PA announcer said to the crowd.
Love that movie. Anyone else, after seeing it the first time,OffTheBack
Dec 16, 2002 1:21 PM
go out and practice picking up a notebokk from the ground while riding? I got so good I could pick up a dime, but in all the years since I have yet to see a hot chick on a scooter drop someting...sigh...
Answer from an IU Cyclist!wookieontherun
Dec 16, 2002 5:56 PM

Well its funny that you mention this because I'm making the transition from mtn bike to road bike to train for little 500. One of my mentors actually rode for the cutters :-) I'll be riding for an independant team hopefully. Been a long time dream of mine and hopefully this year its going to become a reality. I'm giving up a few of my favorite hobbies to buy my new bike (trek 5200) and to train. I cannot wait!


OH- they ride modified Mongooses on the track every year :-)
Answer from an IU Cyclist!brian n
Dec 16, 2002 7:42 PM

sounds like a lot of fun. give my regards to all your track racers that kicked my ass this year at collegiate nationals in florida. (fist waving in air) next year!!!!

(Lehigh U. Cycling)
Answer from an IU Cyclist!wookieontherun
Dec 16, 2002 9:12 PM
Brian, perhaps next time I'm out your way (it happens every so often) we can catch a ride together :-)