The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan and his friend Ben Cornell retrace the 1928 Tour de France in Le Ride, screening one night only Aug. 23 at Cineplex Galaxy Cinemas Vernon. (Photo submitted)

Documentary pedalling through Vernon

Mile after mile, cyclists push themselves past the brink of exhaustion and pain for athletic glory

Mile after mile, cyclists push themselves past the brink of exhaustion and pain for athletic glory. With 164 riders at the start beginning of the race and only 41 finishers, the 1928 Tour de France was one of the sport’s most gruelling tracks in history.

A new cycling documentary, Le Ride, retraces every mile of the athlete-crushing race and airs one night only Aug. 23 at Cineplex theatres across Caada, including Galaxy Cinemas Vernon.

Armed with era-approriate steel racing bikes complete with lacklustre breaks, Le Ride follows The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan and his friend Ben Cornell as they push their bodies to the limit navigating the scenic yet unforgiving trails of France while battling exhaustion and equipment failure while attempting to recreate the 1928 Tour de France.

“This is a story about courageous underdogs — the first English-speaking team to compete in the Tour de France. I don’t know why people want to take on these challenges, but I really believe that it’s only by pushing yourself to the borders of suffering and discomfort that you really find out who you are,” said Keoghan in the film. “This is an insane idea, but what about if you actually go back and you retrace every mile?”

Le Ride screens for one night only at Galaxy Cinemas Vernon Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $14.50 plus a $1.50 booking fee at www.tickets.demand.film/event/1965.