Saturday, April 1, 2006


IMAX documentary

The Tour de France has been called the world’s most physically punishing sports event. The riders are all exceptional athletes who have honed the skills required to survive the 3,000-km race, and maybe even win it. As such, they are good examples of how the human brain can “learn” a new activity until it becomes second nature. In other words, our brain becomes “hard wired” over the course of time.

Jimmy Casper and Baden Cooke, two riders for the FDJeux team, illustrate how the brain deals with pain. Although we are presented with lots of “dry” scientific facts and figures, the film also captures the majestic mountains of the alpine route. In particular the spectacular soaring shots from the helicopter of the riders are much better than anything seen on television.


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