A New Hero for Irish Cycling

EXHIBITION : BEFORE THEY WERE FAMOUS

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At the age of 19 as an amateur cyclist Stephen Roche wins the Rás.

  • Title
    Wheels in Unison Health Race '79
  • 1st Broadcast
    15/08/1979
  • Contributor
    Brendan O'Reilly (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:02:13
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Clip title
    A New Hero for Irish Cycling
  • Extended description

    In the early days of his career as an amateur cyclist Stephen Roche became the youngest ever cyclist to win the Rás.
    The Health Race formerly Rás Tailteann was sponsored by the Health Education Bureau. After nine days and 900 miless, Stephen Roche cycles home to victory.

    Roche talks to Brendan O'Reilly during the final day of the Rás.

    Roche went on to become the first and only Irish cyclist to win the Tour de France in 1987. In the same year he also won the Giro d'Italia.

  • Information

    'Wheels in Unison: Health Race '79' is a cycling documentary produced and directed by Michael O'Carroll and presented by Brendan O'Reilly. The programme documented the Health Race, once called Rás Tailteann, which was staged from 23 June to the 1 July 1979.

    To prepare himself for the film, Michael O'Carroll had travelled to watch the Tour de France to learn more about the technique of international cyclists. His own car, a Ford Cortina, was specially adapted for the task of filming the race. A passenger door and the boot door were removed so that the cameraman could get the maximum number of angles. In the RTÉ Guide 10 August 1979, page 10, Stephen Roche is described as "the star of the film".
    The documentary went on to win a Jacob's award in 1980.

  • Local keywords
    Stephen Roche, Fame, Cyclist, Rás, Tour de France, Giro d'Italia, Cycling
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    1979
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    LX3432
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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