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Inspired to Ride (2015)Inspired to Ride (2015)

If you are an adventure junkie of most any sort, you might like this 83-minute cycling documentary.  And even if you're not, the scenery in this movie is worth watching.  The film covers the 2014 Trans America Bike Race — 4,233 miles across ten states, from Astoria, Oregon to Yorktown, Virginia.   The race is unsupported, and there's no prize money.  When your frame cracks, your tire blows, or your chain breaks, you're on your own.  Good luck with that.  There are no stages or check points.  In this version of the race, 45 cyclists began, and 25 of them finished.  Most of them ride 14 to 16 hours a day.  There are several ordinary-looking people in this race, one of whom took 45 days to finish — a mere hundred miles a day.  But then there is Mike Hall of Wales, the fastest man to cycle around the world, who finished in 17 days — which averages out to 238 miles a day, and Juliana Buhring, the fastest woman to cycle around the world, who started cycling only two years ago.  So, saddle up!

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