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By Neil Anderson
By Neil Anderson
By Phil Angelillo
By Marg Archibald
By Lance Armstrong with Sally Jenkins
By Michael Barry
By Simon Burney
By Dan Carlinsky and David Heim
By Dirk Friel and Wes Hudson
By Raul Guisado
By David Herlihy
By Tim Krabbé
By Floyd Landis with Lauren Mooney
By Mike Magnuson


By Graeme Obree
By JP Partland
By JP Partland
By Thomas Prehn
By Andy Pruit
By Saul Raisin with Dave Shields
By Michael J. Ross M.D.
By Michael J. Ross M.D.
By Monique Ryan
Edited by: Erich Schweikher
By Dave Shields
By Dave Shields
By Stevie Smith By Lennard Zinn


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The Hard Road
Starring:
  1. Frankie Andreu
  2. Ryan Barret
  3. Jason Bausch
  4. Hilton Clarke
  5. Graeme Miller
  6. Michael Johnson
  7. Jamie Paolinetti
The Hard Road
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Reviewed by SPDrecrd

Overall rating out of 10: 6.8
Rating for Genre: 8
Rating for Acting: 7
Rating for Action: 9
Rating for interviews: 4
Rating for editing: 4

A behind the scenes look at professional bike racing that mimics and wants to be a nature show. The narrarator sounds as if he's about to explain the territorial rights of bengal tigers, except a crunchy heavy metal soundtrack draws you into the real action. Intense race footage picks up from slower moving interviews with the riders. The viewer begins to get a view into the true grit and toughness involved in the sport. Riders thinking of venturing into racing will get a preview of what they'll need to endure to become successful.

The hard road

Where this movie falls down is the interviews with the riders and family. The interviews are important to show the reality of how being a pro rider means making sacrifices by the rider and their family. However the interviews could have followed the emotional flavor set by the race scenes. The home movie-ishness quality of those slow bits breaks the viewer away from being part of the action.

The trickiest part of pro bike racing is understanding the team dynamic. The team makes it possible to win against 200 other riders who are out to ruin your day. Being part of a winning team means that every member has to give of him/herself to the utmost degree. By analyzing the race results and watching the race tactics, you begin to see where team Netzero fails to cut the mustard. Not to say that Netzero was a bad team but, they needed more time to as a team to coalesce and fall into their individual roles. Most of the riders in the group are first year pros and seeing them race is a completely different experience then seeing the seasoned athletes. In the end this film gives a glimpse of racing do's and don't's.

The Hard Road is rough around the edges but, it's also educational, entertaining, exciting and has a cool soundtrack. Check it out!


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Reviewed by Garuch

Overall rating out of 10: 7.5
Rating for Genre: 8
Rating for Acting: 7

Have you ever known? I mean really really known, on some sort of a gut level precognition that you would really really hate something? I have, and do you know what it is? No? Ok I'll tell you, bicycle racing! Yeah, I love to bike around, and I love to work at it and ride fast, but the way bicycle racing is set up I just know I would hate it.

Domestiques, the poor dudes who kill themselves pulling the line so the fat cats can sprint the finish, not for me! And what does it prove anyway? Well the movie Hard Road is about just that. It takes a documentary vantage point following around a team called NetZero as they compete in criterium and other road racing events around this country. It does nothing to tell me that my distaste for team bicycle racing is wrong.
The hard road

Although I do not think the movie set out to depict this, it does a terrific job of showing a bunch of bikers who dedicate their year to developing a team and racing in the pro circuit. One of the dudes is a "star" from Australia I think. Well anyway, what we see for the rest of the movie is the team sitting around their crummy motel rooms determining just what excuses the team had for not winning, and listening to the star complain about, 'had he had just a little more help' how he could have won. Well, if he needed and used that "HELP." How could he claim the win? I guess it's like clipless pedals that you clip into. It's a bike thing. Lets see, You win if you have help, but you lose because you didn't have help, but the victory is yours, but the blame is theirs? Ok great value system here!

The movie is well shot and visually interesting for a bicyclist, but the race footage is spotty and difficult to follow in conjunction with the race commentary. It seemed to me they merely did voice overs on top of general shots of the races. But it sure is pretty! I enjoyed the movie, but I suspect it may not have been for the same reasons that it was produced. I just enjoyed the scenery, the bike riding scenes, the efforts of the guys as they trained. I could have totally done without the whining, and oh yeah, not to give it away, but the team does not get rehired next year. No duh?

The Hard Road
Starring:
  1. Frankie Andreu
  2. Ryan Barret
  3. Jason Bausch
  4. Hilton Clarke
  5. Graeme Miller
  6. Michael Johnson
  7. Jamie Paolinetti
The Hard Road
click image for larger view
Reviewed by SPDrecrd

Overall rating out of 10: 6.8
Rating for Genre: 8
Rating for Acting: 7
Rating for Action: 9
Rating for interviews: 4
Rating for editing: 4

A behind the scenes look at professional bike racing that mimics and wants to be a nature show. The narrarator sounds as if he's about to explain the territorial rights of bengal tigers, except a crunchy heavy metal soundtrack draws you into the real action. Intense race footage picks up from slower moving interviews with the riders. The viewer begins to get a view into the true grit and toughness involved in the sport. Riders thinking of venturing into racing will get a preview of what they'll need to endure to become successful.

The hard road

Where this movie falls down is the interviews with the riders and family. The interviews are important to show the reality of how being a pro rider means making sacrifices by the rider and their family. However the interviews could have followed the emotional flavor set by the race scenes. The home movie-ishness quality of those slow bits breaks the viewer away from being part of the action.

The trickiest part of pro bike racing is understanding the team dynamic. The team makes it possible to win against 200 other riders who are out to ruin your day. Being part of a winning team means that every member has to give of him/herself to the utmost degree. By analyzing the race results and watching the race tactics, you begin to see where team Netzero fails to cut the mustard. Not to say that Netzero was a bad team but, they needed more time to as a team to coalesce and fall into their individual roles. Most of the riders in the group are first year pros and seeing them race is a completely different experience then seeing the seasoned athletes. In the end this film gives a glimpse of racing do's and don't's.

The Hard Road is rough around the edges but, it's also educational, entertaining, exciting and has a cool soundtrack. Check it out!


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Reviewed by Garuch

Overall rating out of 10: 7.5
Rating for Genre: 8
Rating for Acting: 7

Have you ever known? I mean really really known, on some sort of a gut level precognition that you would really really hate something? I have, and do you know what it is? No? Ok I'll tell you, bicycle racing! Yeah, I love to bike around, and I love to work at it and ride fast, but the way bicycle racing is set up I just know I would hate it.

Domestiques, the poor dudes who kill themselves pulling the line so the fat cats can sprint the finish, not for me! And what does it prove anyway? Well the movie Hard Road is about just that. It takes a documentary vantage point following around a team called NetZero as they compete in criterium and other road racing events around this country. It does nothing to tell me that my distaste for team bicycle racing is wrong.
The hard road

Although I do not think the movie set out to depict this, it does a terrific job of showing a bunch of bikers who dedicate their year to developing a team and racing in the pro circuit. One of the dudes is a "star" from Australia I think. Well anyway, what we see for the rest of the movie is the team sitting around their crummy motel rooms determining just what excuses the team had for not winning, and listening to the star complain about, 'had he had just a little more help' how he could have won. Well, if he needed and used that "HELP." How could he claim the win? I guess it's like clipless pedals that you clip into. It's a bike thing. Lets see, You win if you have help, but you lose because you didn't have help, but the victory is yours, but the blame is theirs? Ok great value system here!

The movie is well shot and visually interesting for a bicyclist, but the race footage is spotty and difficult to follow in conjunction with the race commentary. It seemed to me they merely did voice overs on top of general shots of the races. But it sure is pretty! I enjoyed the movie, but I suspect it may not have been for the same reasons that it was produced. I just enjoyed the scenery, the bike riding scenes, the efforts of the guys as they trained. I could have totally done without the whining, and oh yeah, not to give it away, but the team does not get rehired next year. No duh?

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