Time Trial

Time Trial

By Finlay Pretsell

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 2018-06-29
  • Advisory Rating: 18
  • Runtime: 1h 21min
  • Director: Finlay Pretsell
  • iTunes Price: GBP 9.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: GBP 4.49
From 3 Ratings


TIME TRIAL gives us an exhilarating and terrifying place in the race, providing an immersive experience as close to actually competing as you will ever see on film. David Millar, shrouded in darkness, declares an intention to rise again. A sensory ride through the thrill and hardship of professional cycling. We are hurtled off a hillside, details blurring like watercolours. The euphoria and the fatigue, the highs and the lows. It's as if it were ourselves struggling through the bumpy roads of France. David bluntly and fearlessly narrates his last season in the saddle, intimate and immediate, along with the intricate relationships of cyclist, road crew, fellow competitors, manic fans, and the media circus surrounding it all.


  • I won’t ever get that time back!

    By Cj wat
    I really thought this was a documentary. Everything I read suggested this was an insight into the pro peloton. But it isn’t. Many highbrow cyclists will tell me I’m ‘missing the point’ and that the film speaks volumes about the struggles faced by a pro cyclist but to you and I, this is a Sixth Form art project with a little help from the Audio Visual Club trying to show everyone how deep and meaningful David Millar is. Don’t get me wrong. I have the utmost respect for him and followed his career highs and lows with interest and am grateful he’s doing commentary. But this film gives me no insight, no new information and no clue what’s going on. It follows no path, no story, no particular race. It jumps from training rides to TDF, back to training rides, moody shots in the woods and far, far too much swearing and the C word. It’s interspersed with pointless brief words from Millar and some I’ll admit, interesting exchanges with other riders in the peloton. But It was quite honestly a waste of my money and I’m glad I didn’t spend too much effort trying to get to see it in the cinema. Don’t waste your time or money on this. Buy it for 99p when it appears as a second hand DVD on eBay.
  • Avid cyclist but this is a flat tire....

    By gunner_hughes
    So i have watched many a cycling documentary in my time (A Sunday in Hell, the acidental death of a cyclist, out of the saddle etc.) and this film is way off the pace. I am not a Fan of David Millar, i find him arrogant and glib however i thought i would give this film a chance as i love cycling. The issue for me is that cycling takes a back seat in this film, all we see is a moody, churlish Millar coming to terms with the fact his career is over. I struggled to fathom how this can be classed as a documentary, there are voids of nothing but awful sounding music that would be at home in Guantanimo bay it's that painful. I really feel i have been ripped off in paying £9.99 for this film it's that bad, the highlight were the limited conversations between riders in the peleton, and the stunning scenery. I doubt Millar will care but if i were him i would be as ashamed of this as the doping that tarnished his career. IT REALLY IS THAT BAD!
  • Underwhelming

    By lord toshington
    I had been looking forward to this for so long but after being unable to get to one of the live screenings I’m pretty glad I missed it as the film was seriously underwhelming and massively overhyped from the publicity. I’m usually a fan of Millar but to be honest this film changed my opinion. Whilst some great shots of the Giro and racing life can be seen the dwindling career of Millar is rather quite dull to watch. Such a shame as it had loads of potential. The usual fan boys will lap it up though.
  • The end of a career...

    By Manxvelo
    ...raised to art. A great film that shows the harshness of cycling as a sport and a season too far for David Millar. Great photography, great sound. Alternative entertainment particularly if you follow or take part in the sport.
  • Boring load of nonsense

    By SA UK
    Beautifully shots of the Giro but ultimately a terrible film. I've never seen such a depressing miserable film about such a beautiful sport. It shows David in the last year of his professional career swearing and complaining to everyone and generally totally done with the whole thing. Get some perspective David! Come on! Try living in Slough and working a crappy, underpaid office job with steadily deteriorating health like the average 37 year old with a sedentary lifestyle. You are a wealthy and successful athlete who gets paid to ride his bike. I don't want to see you crying about it. Even if you are retiring from racing you still have a career ahead of you writing, presenting and generally following the sport which so many people would kill to be able to do. All I learnt from this film is David needs some help psychologically.
  • On yer bike

    By Welshy86
    Catnip for cycling fanatics
  • Awesome

    By Golfjennyb
    Must watch for any cyclist - saw the official premiere which was amazing so to be able to download is perfect