15 Apr Adventure Movies To Watch During Quarantine
The outbreak of COVID-19 has resulted in many states ordering citizens to shelter in place. It’s part of our social responsibility to our community so stay at home as much as possible during this pandemic. That being said, it’s natural to become a little stir crazy spending so much time inside.
One way to adventure during times like these is to escape into the lives of others. While we can’t adventure outside right now, we can live vicariously through characters who can. To help pass our time in seclusion, we at Bicycle Passport have developed a list of movies that can help you live an adventurous life from the comfort of your own home.
Adventures While Cycling
1. Pedal the World
Pedal the World follows young German, Felix Starck, as he spends a year cycling across the world. His adventure takes him through 22 countries and 22,000 kilometers, providing the perfect cycling adventure.
Entertaining Movies With Cycling
1. American Flyers
This 1986 film stars Kevin Costner, some evil Russians, and the Coors Classic cycling race in the Rocky Mountains.
2. The Flying Scotsman
This film tells the true story of Graeme Obree, a Champion cyclist who built his bike out of old washing machines. He won his championship title only to have it stripped from him and suffered mentally as a result.
3. Breaking Away
Breaking Away is the 1979 film about a small-town boy obsessed with the Italian cycling team who vies for the affections of a local college girl.
This 1986 movie follows the story of a young man named Cru Jones who wants to win a BMX race appropriately called Helltrack.
5. Triplets of Belleville
Don’t let this animated French film deter you. Triplets of Belleville won an Oscar for Best Animated Foreign Film in 2004. There’s barely any dialogue, so subtitles aren’t really necessary. The film tells the story of a young boy trained by his grandmother to win the Tour de France.
Mountain Bike Movies
A story about the birth of Mountain Biking in 1970’s San Francisco. The film features Gary Fischer, arguably the godfather of modern-day mountain biking, salvaged bikes, and plenty of near-death experiences.
2. No Way Hans Rey
This film shows how legendary mountain biker Hans Rey went from a youngster with a pushbike to a professional stunt cyclist. Hans pioneered trails and extreme mountain bike riding. His interviews and video footage of his extreme riding will definitely get you feeling like you’ve just had the adventure of a lifetime.
Deathgrip is an inspirational feature of pro-rider Brendan “Deathgrip” Fairclough. He and filmmaker Clay Porter travel across continents looking for the best mountain biking.
4. Earthed 3
Earthed 3 showcases European mountain bike racing with professional riders on their “home” trails. The film features spectacular scenery and incredible trails.
Bike Race Documentaries
1. Bicycle Dreams
This 2005 documentary covers the RAAM, or Race Across America, arguably the world’s toughest bike race. In the movie, participants attempt to cover 3,510 miles from Oceanside, California to Atlantic City, New Jersey in only 9 days.
2. A Sunday In Hell
A Sunday In Hell chronicles the 1976 Paris Roubaix race between legendary rivals Eddy Merckx and Roger De Vlaeminck. For another, more recent, tale of the Paris Roubaix, watch Road to Roubaix (2008).
3. Chasing Legends
This 2010 documentary follows the Columbia-HTC team during the Tour de France. Watch Mark Cavendish break the British record of nine stage wins during an epic bike race.
4. Stars and Watercarriers
One of the original cycling documentaries, Stars and Watercarriers follows the 1973 Giro d’Italia bicycle race.
5. Iron Cowboy
James Lawrence, a record-setting triathlete, attempts an incredible physical feat: 50 Iron Man triathlons in 50 days, in 50 states.
Other Adventure Movies
If you run out of cycling movies or you’re craving a different kind of adventure experience, here are some of the best outdoor adventure movies of all time.
Tracks is the true story of Robyn Davidson walking across Australia. She traversed 1,700 miles of desert with four camels and her dog. She wrote a book about her experiences and it was later turned into a film of the same name.
Wild is the true story of Cheryl Strayed walking an 1100-mile portion of the Pacific Crest Trail alone. Completely unprepared, the film is rife with the hiking mistakes and navigational plunders of someone completely unprepared to spend months alone in the wilderness. The movie is based on Strayed’s memoir “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail”
3. An American Ascent
This documentary follows a group of 9 Black mountaineers as they ascend Denali on the 100th anniversary of its first ascent. In addition to a fun adventure film, this feature also challenges the exclusivity of outdoor sports for minority groups.
4. Mile… Mile and a Half
This documentary follows a group of 5 hikers as they hike the John Muir Trail. Over the 219-mile section of the Pacific Crest Trail, located in Yosemite National Park, the friends collect stories and form lasting bonds.
5. Maiden Trip
Maiden Trip is the 2014 film chronicling 13-year-old Laura Dekker as she attempts to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the planet solo.
Contribute to the Adventure
While this isn’t an exhaustive list, it can get you started on burning some of your spare quaran-time (that’s quarantine time). Do you have a favorite cycling or adventure movie not listed here? Perhaps a t.v. show or book instead? Let us know!