Reves D’enfer

Tao Geoghegan Hart: Making films on u23 Paris Roubaix

The legend of the cobbles, the reality of suffering. For young cyclists Paris-Roubaix is an existential race, which is run over the same course as the professionals, two months later. Nathan, Dylan, Jeremy  and Tao dream about it. They are between 19 and 22 years: an heir of a great Belgian cyclist family, a Northern French lad who knows every corner, as unpredictable gifted Brit and a talented climber of the French Riviera who in principle has no chance to shine! Filmed in their day, they tell the irresistible attraction of  the “Hell of the North”. A brutal test that reveals the deep character and chaotic journey of these four future champions.”

Nicolas Loth, Pierre Carrey and Laurent Galinon have been hard at work. For a year they have been working to perfect their film “Reves D’enfer” on the under 23 Paris Roubaix. In anticipation of the UK premiere (and first English translation of the film) on January 4 2016 at Look Mum No Hands (London) we had a quick chat with the darling of UK cycling, future (and already) star Tao Geoghegan Hart, one of the four riders the film follows.

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TPB: What does U23 Paris Roubaix mean to you? History/results/future aspirations?

TGH: Roubaix is utterly iconic. There is no other race like it. I stood on the Junior Roubaix podium and loved showing people that I was a versatile rider, I would really love to repeat a result of that kind on the pave at the u23 level. 

TPB:The filming: did you notice the film crew?  What did you think about being part of the film?

TGH: I liked the angle of the film, covering four guys from different teams, countries and ultimately backgrounds. It was a pleasure to be a part of and I look forward to seeing the end result.

TPB: Any moments you know that you were filmed that you hope to see in the film?

TGH: It was a pretty amazing race, unrelenting rain and crashes left right and centre the entirety of the day. I’m looking forward to reliving the chaos of it all a little. I have the jersey from the race, with the numbers still pinned and mud stains all over on my wall – not to remember the result, but to remember how crazy it was. A really tough day in the saddle. If you’d seen me walk in to the airport hotel that… it wasn’t pretty.

TPB:As a sportsperson, with all the current crossover with cycling and the arts, anything you hope to see in the future film wise? Any projects you would love to be a part of or see happen?

TGH: I think Cycling is a difficult sport to cover. But perhaps, with the ever growing fan base, a documentary looking in to the day to day life of a cyclist, in fact any athlete, would be cool. The “day in, day out” aspect of professional sport is something most outsiders can’t understand. It’s very individualistic and I think that makes it pretty fascinating.

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The film premieres in the UK on January 4th at Look Mum No Hands followed by a Q&A with Tao Geoghegan Hart. Sign up here