DVD Review: “Break the Cycle”

Break the Cycle presents the sport of downhill from a uniquely Irish perspective. It documents Ireland’s top riders on their favorite local trails and also gives an insight into their lives off the bike. Ben Reid is one obvious name but many of the lesser-known riders also tear it up, such as Belfast’s Colin Ross (who is known to show up at the Irish Championships as his only race of the season and occasionally beat Ben Reid into second), ex-Masters World Champ and old-school World Cup Racer for Animal/Orange Glyn O’Brien and the hugely talented Dan and Gerard Wolfe from south of the border, ensure that this movie is not lacking in talent. The trails and vistas are simply spectacular and for someone from Ireland it was nice to see some local spots looking so good on film. Non-locals will be amazed by the scenery and depth of riding locations available on such a tiny island, and the movie steers clear of the two-dimensional, typical bike movie template by showing us the riders’ everyday lives, whether it’s the fireman training for emergencies or the doctor tending to patients. Definitely one of the more inspired movies this year. 



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