Time Trial

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United Kingdom | 2017 | 82 minutes | Finlay Pretsell

Once David Millar was top of the cycling world, representing Great Britain at every stage of the Tour De France. Then came the PED sanctions. Now, he must contend with his aging body as he attempts to qualify for the world's greatest bike race one last time.

Against all athletes in the history of sport, Father Time holds an undefeated record. Coming to this realization is often a grueling process. The harder one trains, the more pain one endures, and results continue to slip. Time Trial captures British cyclist David Millar's surrender to age in the twilight of his career. The 2014 season, ultimately his final one, was the last chance to qualify for a 13th Tour de France. In the early '00s, Millar stormed to the forefront of professional cycling, eventually becoming the only Brit to win all four Tour de France stages. Although his storied career fell into a crevasse with a two-year doping ban in a sport as famous for its storied drug controversies as its signature race, he continued as an anti-drug campaigner. For the most elite in the world, the body usually goes before the desire to compete. Millar comes to this realization over the course of the film, almost angry at his own age. The vein-searing tension and suffering can no long produce the results to which he is accustomed, and human limits settle in. Beautifully shot with POV and ride-along cameras, this documentary uses little in the way of interviews and allows Millar to express himself as a rider.

Director Biography
Finlay Pretsell initially wanted to be a professional cyclist, even riding for a few national teams. His first short film Standing Start (2007) followed world champion Craig Maclean. He then went on to direct Ma Bar (2009) and Cutting Loose (2011). Since 2005 Pretsell has been part of the Scottish Documentary Institute. Time Trial is his first feature.

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  • Director: Finlay Pretsell
  • Principal Cast: Thomas Dekker, David Millar
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 82 minutes
  • Producer: Sonja Henrici, Finlay Pretsell
  • Cinematographers: Martin Radich
  • Editors: Kieran Gosney, Dino Jonsater
  • Music: Dan Deacon
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Autlook Film Sales