The film follows the French Paris-Roubaix spring classic, notorious for the hellish paves or cobbled roads of the north "which are no longer used for civilised traffic but only for transporting cattle - and for cycle races". We are there from the dawn preparations and rituals on the outskirts of Paris and through the rigours of the race with special focus on a number of prominent cyclists to the final outcome on the Roubaix cycle track - followed by the filthy riders taking their showers.
Gunner Møller Pedersen's music and a very lively sound picture serve the drama and members of the chorus of the Royal Danish Opera use the words "Paris - Roubaix - L'enfer du nord" to add a patina of the sublime.
The images of the riders crossing the misshapen cobble sin enormous clouds of dust deserves emphasis as one of the most powerful images ever captured from the world of cycling.
With LIVE Q&A from William Fotheringham.
The renowned Cycling journalist will be discussing his recent book Sunday in Hell: Behind the Lens of the Greatest Cycling Film of All Time.
This event is in Oscars with limited unreserved seating, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Wheel2Reel is Ludlow’s dedicated cycling film night. It will be held every 4 months and films will be wide-ranging but will always have a cycling theme at their core. Special events will feature guest appearances and Q&As. If you love cycling and love film, this is the evening for you.
Wheel2Reel – a Partnership between Ludlow Assembly Rooms and Islabikes