60 Cycles

Jean-Claude Labrecque shot 60 Cycles in 1965 using a 1000mm lenses lent by NASA, documenting the Tour de St. Laurent, a long-distance bike race set in Quebec featuring international riders. At 16 minutes, 60 Cycles is an amazing documentary that feels both very Canadian (given the Quebec setting) and European (aside from road cycling being more of a European pursuit, many of the racers are in fact European). Watch it for the old-school Merino cycling jerseys, the vintage shots of the Quebec countryside or the sheer beauty of distance cycling. Note that the film also has a great surf rock soundtrack that will satisfy any fans of Ventures, Dick Dale or the Phantom Surfers.

 

You can watch the whole film here.

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