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About The Cyclist
While bike messenger Phillipe Nash dreams of racing bikes, he also has a hard time committing to anything in his life let alone a sport that demands pain, suffering and hours of training. When Nash loses his job and his apartment on the same day that he unexpectedly confronts his ex-girlfriend, he turns to his childhood friend, Jack.
Jack and ex-girlfriend, Kate, both challenge Nash to commit to bike racing. As Nash pulls his life together with his friend’s support, a tragic turn of events challenges his ability to remain committed and he instead runs away from everyone. He unwittingly starts a painful and often humorous journey towards growing up. Despite isolating himself in the high desert, Nash becomes surrounded by an eccentric group of tourists that provide the unconventional support he needs to confront his own demons.
Nash returns home fueled with the desire to race with his team and win back the woman he loves in this inspirational story set on the exciting backdrop of amateur cycling. This compelling story was filmed in the stunning mountains and deserts of Utah.
July 28, 2008
While bike messenger Phillipe Nash dreams of racing bikes, he also has a hard time committing to anything in his life let alone a sport that demands pain, suffering and hours of training. When Nash loses his job and his apartment on the same day that he unexpectedly confronts his ex-girlfriend, he turns to his [...]Read More.
July 28, 2008
PELOTON is the story of a man finding his way back into his life, redeeming himself via cycling. This film is really my reaction shot to honor a dear friend and cyclist, John Schlesinger (see blog “The Genesis of Peloton“) and our conversations on what was really important in life: doing what you loved and [...]Read More.
July 28, 2008
KC Clyde (NASH) is a Los Angeles based actor, who has trained in New York and Los Angeles. He has starred in more than twenty films as well as television and stage roles. He is the son of writer/director, Craig Clyde, and has been nominated for three best actor awards in the Eclipse Film Festival, [...]Read More.
July 28, 2008
Jeff Johnson has worked in the film industry for eighteen years. He is the lead casting director in Utah, having cast over 65 films and television projects, and over 100 commercials, including HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL which was nominated for an Emmy “Best Original Casting.” Jeff has established a close working relationship with film production companies [...]Read More.
Winston gets his wings and The Tao of Wu
October 7, 2011
I realize this is a blog about the film PELOTON, but the film, for those who have read my earliest posts know, is not just about cycling, but how we handle falls in life. Winston, aka Wintins, aka The Big Wu, is my 100 pound, all heart, total goofball, pain in my ass 11 [...]Read More.
Rosin the bow, Bang the drum and my two cents on Lance Armstrong
May 24, 2011
I’ve been really excited to have the privilege of working with our composer, John Hancock (check out his work with Late Night Alumni and Kaskade). So far I’d been really impressed with what he had composed for us to preview…. then I got to sit in while he recored Pat Campbell and Aaron Ashton [...]Read More.
YOu may say I’m a Dreamer…
May 13, 2011
And the connotations of “dreamers” is daydreaming, head in the sky folks who don’t often get anything done. I’ve had this dream to make films, to act, to write and yes, they could have remained dreams of fancy… instead, we have a credit list of hundreds of people on a film named PELOTON that is [...]Read More.
A measure of success
March 30, 2011
We received our first rejection letter today. The TriBeCa film festival, as much as they “…enjoyed the chance to see [our] film…” regretted not including us in their festival, but hoped we would send our application fees with future projects to try again. TriBeCa is now considered one of the big five festivals [...]Read More.
PELOTON wraps and the 2001 tour de france puts woman in labor
August 29, 2010
Principal photography wrapped a few weeks ago. People asked if I enjoyed the whole process, knowing this had been a dream of mine for so long…. and I have not been sure how to answer that question. The above photo displays some of the tribulations of making a movie. In the photo lead actor [...]Read More.
The freedom of biking, the dream of a film
June 14, 2010
People speak of a sense of freedom riding a bike… I usually feel something like that at the end of a ride when I am several blocks from home, heading downhill, knowing full well that food and drink is close by. And perhaps I feel it when I just need to escape from a [...]Read More.
Bike films and why I’d rather wrestle wombats
May 28, 2010
The photograph above, of professional riders racing along a curvy mountain road, is not a scene from my movie. One of the many challenges we are facing is how to present the exciting and dangerous sport of cycling on the big screen. The only way we can do so on our low budget is [...]Read More.
The score’s the thing!!
May 18, 2010
First off, the coolest thing in the world is this, Luca’s first day riding. Would probably work better if his feet reached the ground, but he loved it and threw a mild tantrum when we finally put the bike away for the night. That was last night. Scroll down to see me today. As [...]Read More.
The casting couch and arousing Hitchcock
May 12, 2010
Today I sat as the director on the infamous casting couch, admiring the various talent trying out for a role in our film! Did it tinge me with arrogance? Quite the opposite, I sat rooting for each person that walked through the door to be the stunning answer to one of our roles. And even [...]Read More.
Unemployed and pissed upon: Living the dream!!!
May 4, 2010
“Ma! Ma! I quit my job with ol’ man McGovern! I’m gonna make movies instead!” At which point our young teen protagonist is boxed about the ears by his mother, smacked on the knuckles with a ruler, told to get back to work, grounded for a year and sent to bed with no pie. [...]Read More.
The wheels on the bike go round and round
February 22, 2010
“Well, I evaded the Syrian Ballet Company as they attempted to export me to their Arabic Kingdom to star in performances of GOAT LAKE…. At any rate, I am having time (I’ll leave you to attach valence to my time) learning very little (longest word in English language: approximately – floccynoccynihilipilification) and generally making [...]Read More.
January 29, 2010
It is not easy to come up with a film’s title. The title PELOTON has been debated as some people argue that a term unknown to many non-cyclists will turn away potential audience members, while others take the counter view that a lesser known word might be intriguing. At this point I am incredibly jealous of the [...]Read More.
Two words, life, death and Danny Boyle is killing me
January 9, 2010
“What’s going on with the film?” I am sure this troubling question has kept you up for months and I apologize for not updating the blog sooner. Let’s go back to where I left you back in July when the lads at Team Garmin Slipstream were heading over to the Tour de France and had [...]Read More.
The Genesis of PELOTON
December 22, 2008
I wrote the first draft of PELOTON in the spring of 2002. The real genesis behind the film however, was set in motion years before. Being a bike racer (albeit a low level amateur with a penchant for falling off my bike) I had always been intrigued with the idea of a cycling film. The [...]Read More.