Cuba underwent a bicycle revolution in the 1990s during its five year ‘Special Period’. Oil was scarce as a result of tough economic constraints, and throughout those years of austerity, bicycles where introduced as an alternative mode of transport. Thousands of Cubans used bicycles on a regular basis, as pedalling became the norm on the island.
Years later, the transportation crisis subsided and motorised vehicles returned, and the country’s bicycle culture took a hit. Now, new bikes are difficult to come by and parts are not readily available, yet many Cubans still use bicycles daily and, despite the limited resources, a handful of mechanics provide a service to those who rely on their bikes in their everyday lives.
Plenty of cyclists roam the streets of Havana and the rest of Cuba. Ángel, a typical bike riding Habanero, provides a brief insight into Cuban bicycle culture and the importance of bike mechanics in the capital as we come across both riders and repairmen.
*Music by VOLT HEIST: voltheist.com
Read the feature story: diegovivanco.es/portfolio-item/havana-bikes-feature-story/
SWISSMAN Xtreme Triathlon is a unique triathlon adventure over the Irondistance with a total ascent of 5400 m. The journey begins in southern ambience at the lowest point of Switzerland at 196 m above sea level, crosses the Alps with three major hills and reaches its summit with the stunning scenery at the finish line just below the top of Europe at 2061 m.
Film produced by ARKTIS design: www.arktis-design.com
Ironman Austria: Linsey Corbin Race Video 2014
by Linsey Corbin
A timelapse view of professional triathlete Linsey Corbin setting a new course record and American record at Ironman Austria.
Music: Tom Ingleby
Camera: Go Pro Hero 3 Black
Tim Krabbé – Riding (2014) is an intimate portrait about Dutch writer and cyclist Tim Krabbé (Amsterdam, 1943).
Riding was inspired by Tim’s participation in the Tour of Flanders 2014 cyclo-tourist ride of 245 km. At the age of 71, Tim is still an active cyclist. His novel The Rider, first published in 1978 and translated into English in 2002, is considered to be “the best writing on the subjective experience of cycle-racing”.
In this short documentary we interweave Tim’s moving story with historical photos from his ‘first racing life’ and his participation in the Tour of Flanders, which symbolizes his ‘second racing life’.
Soigneur developed this documentary in collaboration with Faithful to the Subject, HelloHero and Etxeondo. The film is directed by Faithful to the Subject and joined by cameraman Nanko Goeting and editor Tim Roza. Kees Riphagen was responsible for the grading and Bart Kalkman for the sound-design.
inCycle take you into the middle of the peloton and show footage of how the sprinters lock horns on stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse.