July 22nd, 2011
10:17 AM ET
Bicycles will overrun the Champs-Élysées this weekend in Paris as the world’s most prestigious and grueling road race concludes its three week journey across France on Sunday.
For many Americans, the Tour De France is as foreign a subject as Francois Truffaut but the two share something in common. Both bike races and bike movies are perfect to enjoy without moving a muscle.
You may notice that the majority of films on this week’s list were released in the early '80s. Thankfully, our culture’s apathy in cycling recently came to an end, simply because of a little yellow bracelet.
Lance Armstrong’s seven consecutive Tour de France titles (1999-2005) launched an American renaissance in the sport. I’d say Hollywood is due to produce a new wave of cycling films of the same caliber, if not better than the following. Whether you’re a fan of bike riding or not, tell us what you think.
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