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.