By Daniel McMahon
“We are currently in pre-production on Rough Rider, the story of Paul Kimmage’s quest to find honesty and hope inside the most physically and mentally demanding race on the planet, the Tour de France,” Wildfire wrote on its website.
Wildfire Films is based in Dublin, Ireland, Kimmage’s hometown and residence.
“To this point, we have filmed with Paul as he has seen Lance Armstrong’s fall from grace while Paul himself has been threatened with legal action by senior members of the UCI, the world cycling body.
“This summer, we will follow him on the 100th Tour de France. Told against the backdrop of the centenary Tour, and through the eyes of one of the most aggravated whistleblowers in sports journalism, we are going on a journey that could prove to be one of the most contentious sports films of our time.”
cyclingreporter interviewed Kimmage in December 2012 during his trip to New York City, where Wildfire was shooting footage for Rough Rider.
Wildfire said the film is due for completion by November 2013, with broadcast and screening details to be confirmed.
Following is the filmmaker’s note on Vimeo for the trailer:
The most spectacular sporting event in the world in 2013 will take place next July, when for twenty one days, the 100th Tour de France sees 180 cyclists pedal over 3,000km around the French countryside. This grueling event will be cheered on by huge roadside crowds and accompanied by the mighty caravan of global media, sponsors, medics and support staff that keep the wheels turning.
Within that media scrum sits one of the worlds most cantankerous sports journalists. Paul Kimmage has spent the last 22 years fighting to rid his most beautiful sport of doping. The former professional cyclist is detested by many in the sport, led by Lance Armstrong, fellow journalists and heads of the world cycling governing body.
Throughout the twenty one days of the most grueling road race, we travel with journalist Paul Kimmage in his caravan, giving us an extraordinary insight into the fascinating, beautiful and often shocking world of professional cycling. At its heart this is a story of one man’s unrequited love for his sport.
Right now, there is no sport with a bigger credibility fight on its hands than cycling, and no event where genuine romance coexists so uncomfortably with hideous reality than the Tour de France. Told against the backdrop of the centenary Tour, and through the eyes of one of the most aggravated whistleblowers in sports journalism, we are going on a journey that could prove to be one of the most contentious sports films of our time.
Follow Paul Kimmage on Twitter at @PaulKimmage.