Our top 10 cycling films

'Bicycle' the film
The bicycle and the theme of cycling are perfect inspirations for filmmakers. There’s the drama, the glory and the heartbreak of professional cycle sport. There’s the freedom, the joy, and the universality of leisure cycling. And there’s the passion, the beauty and the technological interest of bikes themselves. Here are Cycling UK member Matt Lamy's favourite 10 classic movies.

Bicycle (2014)

Directed by BAFTA-winning filmmaker and self-confessed bike obsessive Michael B. Clifford, ‘Bicycle’ is a uniquely British look at the history and impact of the bike and cycling on these shores. It’s got a great cast, too. We’re not talking Matt Damon or Leonardo Dicaprio, rather, the line-up of contributors includes such legends of the two-wheeled world as Mike Burrows, Sir Chris Hoy, Tracy Moseley, Chris Boardman and Sir Dave Brailsford. You can download it from Bicycle's website.

Rising From The Ashes (2012)

The Flying Scotsman (2006)

The Armstrong Lie (2013)

Breaking Away (1979)

A Sunday in Hell (1976)

Bicycle Dreams (2009)

Boy And Bicycle (1962)

BMX Bandits (1983)

Belleville Rendez-vous (2003)

Known a‘Les Triplets des Belleville’ in its French homeland, ‘Belleville Rendez-vous' is a heart-warming tale and the only animated movie on our list. The story focuses on Madame Souza, who helps coach her grandson Champion to become a professional cyclist and eventually race at the Tour de France. When Champion is kidnapped by the French mafia while competing at the Tour, Madame Souza goes looking to rescue him. It’s all incredibly charming, with affectionate nods to cycling culture throughout and proof that cartoons — like bikes — can be enjoyed by everybody.