Blood, Sweat & Tears; A Sunday In Hell


Well, for one reason or another, I couldn’t get on the bike yesterday. So, I found the next best thing; A Sunday In Hell.

The documentary by Danish director Jørgen Leth is an epic account of the 1976 Paris – Roubaix race. One of the most dramatic and oldest races in the history of cycling, the 1976 event was no let down. It ends in a thrilling sprint finish between just four riders that have toiled over about 160 miles with 27 cobbled sections, giving the race its name ‘Hell of the North’.

If you’re interested in vintage steeds, you’ll enjoy watching Eddy Merckx, Freddie Maertens and Roger De Vlaeminck battle it out in this gruelling pilgrimage. With some great aerial cinematograhpy of the peleton, gripping atmosphere and humerous dated narration, the film was a win for me.

1 thought on “Blood, Sweat & Tears; A Sunday In Hell

  1. Yes, great to watch the hard labour of the “Flandriens” on the cobbles. Epic scenes, I still remember the wallpaper in one of the shots as well, was the same in my parents house where Roger de Vlaeminck changed once for a cycling criterium in the village. A couple of years ago we had the opportunity to talk with Freddy Maertens in the Tour of Flanders museum, well worth it !

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