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Taylor 'Tenacity' Phinney

Tirreno-Adriatico 2013, Stage 6, Porto Sant'Elpidio to Porto Sant'Elpidio. 

En route to Strada Cocciari Summit, Round 3.

The TV cameras had long gone. We had already witnessed top riders getting off their bikes and walking up the 30% gradient at the end of the climb. Way off the back, we kept waiting for Phinney to pass the climb for the 3rd time. 

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Capture David - Finlay’s Guidelines

A few pointers from Finlay on shooting footage that is useful for us at the upcoming Commonwealth Games:

  • Above all this is about the ‘fan's eye view’ of one of David’s last races. Don’t worry if people get in the way - let them come in and out of the frame.
  • Don’t be afraid to shoot with your family, friends and colleagues all taking the race in, or setting up a picnic at the side of the road, or even shouting abuse!
  • Long shots are good. Don’t be shy. Try and hold each shot for a minimum of 30 seconds if not longer.
  • Shots of the crowd and environment are also very useful. If something catches your eye that you think is interesting, then film it.


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The Muro di Guardiagrele Climb

My sole objective was to make it up the climb because I didn’t want a photo for prosperity from my last year of me walking up a climb with my bike.
— David Millar (with Marcel Kittel in Cycling Weekly)

What it feels like to chase Bradley Wiggins up a 30% climb:

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Press Release: Hollywood Producer on board DAVID MILLAR PROJECT

photo_2_(6).JPGIain Smith OBE, producer of 24: Live Another Day, Mad Max: Fury Road and The Fifth Element is to join the team behind a much-anticipated documentary on professional cycling as an executive producer. The David Millar Project will be an immersive film capturing the very essence of professional cycling, told from Millar’s point of view, with unparalleled access to pro races across Europe.

Millar, who just suffered an unexpected blow by being booted off Garmin-Sharp’s Tour de France Team, is being followed by director Finlay Pretsell all through his final season.

Pretsell, who himself cycled for Scotland in the past, said: “I’m thrilled Iain Smith is joining us, bringing a wealth of experience to the project – and a love for cycling. Yet again, our story has taken an unexpected and dramatic twist.”

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Where was David during Le Grand Départ?

What a turn of events this month has been.

We had planned a pre-Tour interview with David anyway, and suddenly he was in the middle of a Twitter and media storm when he was pulled from the official 2014 Garmin-Sharp line up.

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Bucchianico to Porto Sant'Elpidio. Stage 6, Tirreno Adriatico.

This day started in the beautiful hill town of Bucchianico, in the mountains outside Chieti. We had wisely pre-installed a number of onboard cameras the night before, because they all take time to set up and to take the stress out of the morning – or so we thought.

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Press Release: Capture David Millar

Cycling Films and Scottish Documentary Institute are looking for budding volunteers to shoot, record and photograph pro cyclist David Millar during his last-ever races, in particular the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Called ‘Capture David’, this is a unique opportunity to collect images and upload them to an archive hosted by Cycling Films with the chance for the footage to be seen by David and to be included in the eagerly anticipated DAVID MILLAR PROJECT, a feature-length film directed by Finlay Pretsell.

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After filming one week at Tirreno–Adriatico in glorious sunshine, everyone was expecting rain for Milan–San Remo. We weather-proofed all our cameras. At least it was not going to be as cold and snowy as in 2013.

But riding seven hours in relentless rain turned out to be worse. Probably only half the peloton actually made it to the finish. David's rear camera didn't survive. Everyone got soaked to the bones.

Raw and unfiltered, here's a clip from Nathan Haas's bike during the breakaway:

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The Vision

FinlayPretsell_v2_240.pngA director's statement

I see cycling in a very different light. To me it is not sport, it is something abstract, physical, mysterious, brooding with intensity but at the same time very elegant.

I am a cyclist. In the past I raced all over Europe, I know the sport intimately. People often talk to me about it - who's going to win this race or that, how many miles have I ridden, what's my power output, what bike have I got? All of this detail does not excite me - they are tools, necessary but irrelevant. The physical and mental feeling of being on the bike, floating through the air, the meditation, but above all the filth and grit of the race, the strength required of mind and body, that is the fascination.

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Podcast: An Evening with David Millar


We officially kicked off the DAVID MILLAR PROJECT during a sold-out event with David Millar at the ICA in London. And what an evening of cycling, film and cocktails it was!

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