In case your own statute of limitations on viewing or reading anything about Lance Armstrong has expired, you’re in luck. A “based on a true story” look into the systematic “Program” of doping, cheating, lying, bullying and so forth is set for a September release (in Europe) as a motion picture. No U.S. release has yet been set.
The movie, titled “The Program,” has a handful of actors whose names (Dustin Hoffman) you may or may not recognize, but whose faces you probably would (Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd) and is helmed by noted director Stephen Frears.
It looks like a chance to see played out many of the scenes (or types of scenes) we’ve heard and read about over the years, along with what appears to be some pretty thrilling cycling footage.
Touching Taylor, Davis Phinney Video
If you’re in the mood for something much more inspiring, and touching, you might want to check out this video on Taylor and Davis Phinney.
Ostensibly, it’s about Taylor’s ongoing comeback from the horrific crash he suffered at the U.S. road championships last year – and how painting and other diversions help him cope.
But it’s also about his loving, respectful relationship with his dad, Davis, and touches on his heroic solo ride in the Tirreno Adriatico a couple years ago in which he used his dad’s Parkinson’s disease as inspiration.
In sum, it’s a rare look behind the curtain of a former and current pro whose own lives are much like our own – overcoming personal, health and other hurdles while leaning on those we love for support and inspiration. What’s not to like about that?!
P.S. Thanks to Canadian Premium Member and RBR contributor Claude Leger for tipping us to both videos.
— John Marsh