Road Riders. This documentary series on Irish national road racing captures the essence and character of a sport that is often dangerous, and sometimes fatal. Racers and their families talk candidly about why they take part, and what drives them to pursue such a high-octane pastime. Following 10 individuals during the course of the 2016 season, viewers see why the riders have such an unswerving passion for a dangerous sport (that many have called to be banned), aware that it carries a risk of tragedy or serious injury. And why, even when they experience it first-hand themselves, they still go back for more.
A full throttle documentary series the likes of which you’ve never seen before, Road Riders shows the passion and perseverance of the bike riders who stare down danger every time they strap on a helmet and head on the twisty, treacherous, Northern Irish B-roads on their bikes.
Among those featured in the documentary are fearless country girl, Yvonne Montgomery, who got a motorbike license for ‘a bit of independence’, and a year later found herself competing in road races; young hotshot racer Gareth Keys, who says about road racing ‘nothing less will do’ and hasn’t let serious injuries sustained during a recent race put him off; and glamorous racing star Veronika Hankocyova, who says “you live more in five minutes on a bike like this going flat out, than some people live in a lifetime”. These are people for whom road racing is ‘a big family’ and isn’t just a pastime, but a way of life.
Road Riders is a pulse pounding ride of pure enjoyment, packing with astonishing race footage and interviews that get right to the heart of this risky, revelatory sport. This is an absolute must for motorbike enthusiasts, and fans of high octane, fully adrenalised sports docs like Senna, TT: Closer To The Edge and Road.