Yes, really, 1986. I filmed it using our new (at the time) Sony CCD V8 AF E Video Camera. One of these: youtube.com/watch?v=ANPZFaMUUbU ...this guy has oddly gone to a lot of trouble to show you it in detail but that is the exact same camera!
My cousin Raymond was in one race (he is wearing black and yellow and can be seen on the right at the finish line. He even adjusts his lie at one point, see if you can spot it!). I did have an original edit with the same music and when I saw the poster for the Cycle Hub ( facebook.com/stirlingcyclehub ) competition I thought it would be a great excuse to re-edit the footage using the laptop instead of in real-time with a VHS recorder (record.pause.record.pause etc etc) and with it being local geography perhaps it could be enjoyed by the people of Stirling and the surrounding areas and maybe even be seen by some of the riders themselves. Several fiddlings with it later I've finished it! (I think).
I think it's interesting not only because it's a nostalgic record of a bike race that happened nearly 30 years ago (I don't label my stuff "Eventual Productions" for nothing you know!) but also reveals some vintage cars (and vintage people!) and may be of some interest to the people of Cowie to see their old town and how it's changed (I compared it to Google Street Map).
I like the way the weather influences the feel of the video and matches the mood of the music. I was trying to get a kind of "Ken Loach" feel in the establishing shots and I'm particularly pleased with the serendipitous result of a mellow saxophone playing over a wistful, drizzly scene as it draws into focus and we see an older couple walking up the hill (probably having an argument) with the cyclists pushing on behind and looking forward to the next hill.
I really hope you enjoy the vibe, it's been a long time in the making! :) Please don't let this be 28 years ago ...it isn't, is it?! :-(
Cycling Shorts Pop Up Cinema Competition 2015