Dearcán Media is hosting a special screening of the multi award winning documentary WONDERFUL LOSERS in Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin on Monday August 13th at 7pm (£4 entry).
Director Arunas Matelis spent four years following a series of 'gregarios' – the workhorse cyclists who toil for their team, and their team leader.
Rarely in the spotlight, they sacrifice everything for the greater good, and accept it's unlikely they will ever win a stage or a major race. In focusing on the efforts of those that go unrewarded, the film restores faith in the unforgiving world of professional cycling.
Partly filmed in Ireland, Wonderful Losers has picked up awards at major film festivals across Europe.
The former cyclist, and sports journalist Paul Kimmage concluded a review of the film with the following comments:
Five years have passed since I last covered the Tour, in 2013. The 100th edition of the race was the first since the fall of Lance Armstrong and brought the promise of a new beginning, but some of the performances would have made even Lance blush, and I resolved never to return.
Wonderful Losers has set me thinking about July:
The team time-trial at Cholet. The cobbled stage to Roubaix.
The return to Alpe d’Huez. The summit finish on the Col de Portet.
The time-trial to Espelette.
What if I went back?
Five words I never expected to write.