Social evening – Tuesday 1st July – “Pantani: Accidental Death of a Cyclist”

Next Tuesday is a social evening!

The Forum Cinema is showing “Pantani: Accidental Death of a Cyclist”.

Marco Pantani - Il Pirato

Marco Pantani – Il Pirato

Here’s what the puff says: “Marco Pantani, the most flamboyant and popular cyclist of his era, won both the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia in 1998 – a titanic feat of mental and physical endurance that no rider has achieved since. He was a hero to millions – the saviour of cycling following the doping scandals which threatened to destroy the sport. Less than six years later, aged just 34, he died alone in a cheap Italian hotel room. The film explores the startling truth behind one man’s descent from being among the finest athletes on earth to a tragic end in a sport riven by intrigue. Combining scintillating race archive with contemporary news footage, stylised reconstructions and interviews with Pantaini’s family, friends, colleagues and rivals, including Bradley Wiggins, Evgeni Berzin and Greg LeMond. The story of the greatest climber of his generation, man vs mountain, athlete vs the system, Marco Pantani vs himself!” It’s a British film, directed by James Erskine.

The cinema is part of the Lings Forum Leisure Centre off Billing Brook Road at NN3 8JR. May I suggest we meet in the foyer at 7.45 p.m.? Last time (for the Armstrong film in April) the attendants locked any bikes in their office. Many bus services from the town centre stop in Billing Brook Road outside the Leisure Centre. There is a small car park but you’d probably be better parking in the large shopping centre car park on the other side of the road.

The running time is 1 hr 36 mins. Afterwards, we could enjoy a drink at “The Bold Dragoon” in Weston Favell Village (48 High Street, NN3 3JW) where bikes can be left at the rear. It’s the nearest pub with good ales (e.g. Timothy Taylor’s) to the cinema.

Any questions? Want to let me know you’re coming? I’m on 07960 302095!

Ian M