Blood, Sweat & Tears; A Sunday In Hell

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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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4IDCkcnnHg

Lucy Driscoll

Lucy Driscoll of Windsor

I first met Lucy in the depths of last year’s stubborn winter on a residency at Arteles Creative Centre, Finland. We toiled together for one month producing scandanavian inspired art works, discovering an eclectic collection of 80’s musical delights and devouring whole salmon with all manor of pickled edibles.

Lucy oozes charm with a good eye for a vintage bargain and upmost talent for paper cut illustrations. She has kindly agreed to show some of her work in this year’s Cardiff Cycle Festival. If I know Lucy, vintage cycling literature will be an inspiration along with a love of her own two wheels.

Check out her work here: http://www.lucydriscoll.com/