Sunday, May 20, 2018

Movie Review: GODSPEED: Race Across America


Disclaimer: I received a sneak peak of the upcoming movie by Fathom EventsGODSPEED: Race Across America as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to find and write race reviews.

A long time ago, in what seems like another age, I was actually a cyclist before I was a runner.  Running, other than an attempt at track back in 8th grade, came into my life back in 2002 when I got burnt out from cycling.  The next few years I did several sports that mixed both road and off road biking and running, (and kayaking), including an adventure race.  That said, my roots are originally in cycling, even dating back to my first ever bike race circa @ 1989 when I was in high school.  The RAAM, Race Across America was an event I had known about for a long time, so when the opportunity came to get a sneak peak for a film of the event along with demoing some glasses from one of the sponsors, Rudy Project, I was all in for that!!!

GODSPEED: Race Across America is a film/documentary about the 2015 event when Jerry Schemmel, a sportscaster for the Colorado Rockies, and Brad Cooper, CEO of US Corporate Wellness, joined forces in the two person relay to ride the 3,000 mile event.

RAAM departs in Oceanside, CA and finishes in Annapolis, MD.

Jerry and Brad competed as Team Enduring Hope, seeking to raise money for orphans in Haiti.  Just before the race, Brad had a major accident, but he didn't let it keep him down as his competitive nature sought to push the team forward through endless hours of cycling all times of day and night, in heat and downpours like some have never attempted on two wheels.

The movie is well put together for a cycling documentary and truly shows the heart of both these men along with their team, which includes many of their family members.  While ultimately their purpose and strength comes from God, the movie is not preachy.  it is a story...of their own Enduring Hope as they seek to compete and help others have hope in circumstances not easy in the land of Haiti.

Brad and Jerry chat in Kansas for a moment along the side of the road, per website.

The scenery is beautiful, and the film crew did a good job capturing the glory of our great nation from seaside in California to the plains of the Midwest and down through the hills of the Eastern states and into Maryland.  Below is a picture of Brad cycling through the countryside of Illinois.

During the film, as Brad and Jerry continue to race, they decide not only to push for their own win of the 2 person relay division, but to try and compete against others in larger divisions, including one particular German 4 person relay team.  I won't spoil what happens...but I will say, I'm not sure I would have wanted to ride some of those miles in that weather at that time of day along that side of the road...I know that sounds vague...but you'll know the moment I am talking about when you get to it!!!

I was very glad to see Rudy Project as one of the main sponsors and will have a review of their Rydon Shades shortly.  The movie comes out on May 22, just two days from now.  If you an endurance athlete of any type, I would deeply encourage you to go see it.  I enjoyed it and believe you will too.  

Kudos to Rudy Project for sponsoring a great endurance/cycling movie!!! 

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