Film maker Benedict Campbell’s documentary about the 2012 Tour of Britain, called It Ain’t About Cav, is now available to watch in its entirety, and it's well worth a little over an hour of any cycling fan's time.
The film, originally intended to be much shorter until Campbell realised the wealth of material at his disposal, follows the eight stages of the race, which culminated in Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, then of Endura Racing, now with Team Sky, becoming the first British winner in its current format.
Tiernan-Locke and Rapha-Condor’s Kristian House narrate the film, shot in a mix of colour and black-and-white, and it was Campbell’s good fortune to follow the race in a year when it grabbed unprecedented public attention following the Olympics and of course Bradley Wiggins’ Tour de France win.
Wiggins rode the Tour of Britain – a kind of week-long lap of honour – as did then Sky team mate Mark Cavendish, in his final race in the rainbow jersey of world champion.
As for the title, in response to the question last year of how much Cav there is in the film, Campbell, an aspiring racing cyclist as a teenager until a motorcycle crash ended his dreams, said: "A fair amount - until I got bored of him".
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.