Tour of Ara
Runtime: 35 minutes
Directed by: Rick Wall
Produced by: Daniel Siegler for World Africa
Country of origin: South Africa
There are few more grueling cycle races on the planet than the Tour of Ara. The 800km stage-race through the South African semi-desert landscape of the Karoo takes place over six days, primarily driven on gravel roads. Ara is the name of the southern star constellation between Scorpius and Triangulum Australe (in Latin: the altar). This film artfully documents the internal right of passage of 40 ardent cyclists, who are willing to put themselves and their vintage steel framed bikes to the test.