No matter your man’s shape or size or your level of embarrassment, he unabashedly pours himself into compression fitting Lycra and rides a bike along the highways and byways bonding with men his age. You may have given him a dozen reasons why he shouldn’t participate but understand that he is feeding his DNA – to bond with the guy’s and enjoy a bit of competition. Your man is choosing a healthy way to improve his mood and his fitness by not resigning himself to the status quo, sitting in front of the tv binge watching House of Cards episodes or playing computer games for hours on end. Ladies, embrace your MAMIL and treat him with the love and respect you in turn want from him.
A doco like this lives or dies on its characters, and the filmmakers, within the various organizations, have found some beauties. There are funny men, men with poignant stories, hard-core (and rather unlikeable) competitors, and a lot of wives, who are almost universally portrayed as long-suffering but supportive.
On weekends right across Australia you might spot a group of lycra-clad men speeding around on their bicycles – they’re called MAMILs, Middle Aged Men in Lycra. A new Australian documentary explores the world of the MAMIL.
New documentary zooms in on the MAMIL (Middle-Aged Men in Lycra)
MINNESOTA STAR TRIBUNE, FEBRUARY 2 2018
There are MAMIL in our midst. In fact, in Minnesota, there are a lot of them. MAMIL is a contrived acronym that means “Middle-Aged Men in Lycra.” Now, the breed has its own documentary of the same name (the "MAMIL" poster is above). Cyclist Tim Turnquist of Minnetonka is all MAMIL. He is a graying, 55-year-old who likes nothing better than hitting the road on two wheels. Turnquist appears in the film, which digs into what draws so many middle-age men to cycling — the fellowship, the fitness, the wanderlust — through the stories of several riders around the world. The segment on Turnquist focuses where riding overlaps with his faith. He’d started a Twin Cities chapter of riders in the International Christian Cycling Club.
"ON YER BIKE" BLOG - EXECUTIVE STYLE, FEBRUARY 1 2018
Mamil. Middle-aged Man in Lycra. The cycling term carries so many interpretations and associations that, at times, Nickolas Bird found it a hindrance while making his new full-length feature - titled Mamil. "It's a very controversial term, it's very divisive," says the Australian documentary filmmaker. "People were cautious when we approached them, they could be thinking 'you know what, they could be doing an anti-cycling film'. "But what we've tried to do is give a really positive representation of middle-aged men on bikes."
As stereotypes go, the opening scene of MAMIL (Middle Aged Men in Lycra) that opened in theatres across Canada last night, wasn’t shy. Our Mamil, preparing for an early morning ride, was a resplendent lycra peacock even before he ignited his flashing red LED anklets, a two-wheeled teletubbie. Viewers saw more expensive, ill-fitting helmets, perched on logoed skull caps, sunglasses tucked into the vents upside down, than any human deserves to be exposed to in a lifetime, let alone a 98-minute movie.
New cycling film celebrates Middle Aged Men in Lycra
CYCLING WEEKLY, 13 OCTOBER 2017
MAMIL explores how cycling has brought together people from a wide range of backgrounds in a shared love of cycling. It features riders from Britain, Australia, the USA, New Zealand, France and Spain talking about what cycling brings to their life.
Whatever you think of the subject matter, the work itself by Eleanor Sharpe and Nickolas Bird was technically brilliant. It is a funny doco style film following the journeys of several cyclists and their families around the world to create this 90 minute glimpse into the life of MAMILs (Middle Aged Men In Lycra).
Middle Aged Men In Lycra – a term synonymous with bulging body parts, weekend jaunts while the rest of the family is left at home and obligatory café coffee shots – hits the big time in this feature-length documentary.