There aren't a lot of great cycling movies out there. Vittorio De Sica's The Bicycle Thief is about the lack of one, and about poverty, and fathers and sons. Breaking Away, Peter Yates' unpretentious '70s buddy pic, revolves around a bike race competition - it holds up pretty well.
But where entire genres are devoted to the automobile, to boats, planes - to running, even - where are the bike flicks?
The Flying Scotsman, a biopic of Graeme Obree, the Scottish cyclist who broke all sorts of records in the 1990s, is one. It's not a classic, although it sticks to a classic sports movie formula: maverick underdog overcomes obstacles - personal and professional - to win trophies and prove himself worthy.