Less than 75 days till the Tour de France comes to London, watch King of Mont Ventoux to celebrate

In less than 75 days, the Tour de France will be coming to London.  Racing down from Cambridge, through Epping Forest to the London 2012 Olympic Park, the peloton will sweep west along the course of the Thames, past the Tower of London and the London Eye, before crossing the finish line in front of Buckingham Palace. 

It's going to be a phenomenal day with the world's best racing cyclists riding on our roads, and as July approaches you can expect the excitement levels in London to build and build.

Marking the countdown milestone and kicking off proceedings, the Cinema Museum in Kennington is showing the feature length documentary King of Mont Ventoux next Thursday, the 1st May at 7.30PM.

Splicing together archive footage of the five racers who have won this infamous Tour de France stage - Eddy Merckx (1970) Jeff Bernard (1987) Marco Pantani (2000) Richard Virenque (2002) and Juanma Garate (2009) - the film uses timers, special effects and phenomenal editing skills to pit these legendary athletes against one another as if they were actually racing together today, in what turns out to be an incredibly tightly contested ride.  As well as experiencing this unprecedented race -  presented in the style of a live broadcast - the film explores the incredible evolution of competitive cycling over the past 40 years.  It's a must-see for any Tour afictionados and armchair road climbers.

The Tour de France 2014 "Grand Depart" takes place in Yorkshire, Cambridge and London over three days in July.  Full details and race routes are on the Grand Depart dedicated website, here.

"The King of Mont Ventoux" is being screened as part of the Archive Film Festival at the Cinema Museum in Kennington (near Elephant and Castle) next Thursday the 1st of May at 7.30PM, and will be followed by a Q&A with director Fons Feyearts.  Tickets are less than a tenner and available online here.

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