Tom Simpson: Something to Aim At

Film, Documentaries

Time Out says

Few have ever heard of the late Tom Simpson, but among the cycle racing fraternity (especially that of the late '60s), he was a hugely popular World Champion. What makes this lengthy documentary tribute especially moving is the circumstances surrounding Simpson's untimely death, which occurred as he was tackling a mountain stage in the 1967 Tour de France. Never one to give up, he literally rode himself to death. The first half-hour is perhaps a little too weighed down with reminiscences; crucially, there's hardly any archive material of Simpson during his early push to the top, so what we get is a stream of vaguely interesting vox-pops. Thankfully, it takes a turn for the better as soon as we reach the mid-'60s, when Simpson began making an impact in such prestigious races as the Tour of Flanders and the World Championship itself.

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Duration:
75 mins

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Director:
Ray Pascoe

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