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Subject: Phys. Ed.: Instruction & Fitness

Edwards Classic Sports Films Collection

Harvey Edwards would be correctly described as a filmmaking raconteur: his documentaries over the years have won countless awards for their excellence; this is especially true in the world of outdoor sports. This is a classic collection of Edwards' award-winning sports' programs, some designed to instruct others Click for more

Biking Parody 1: The Last Bike Ride

Biking Parody  1: The Last Bike Ride

Over the years a little known but much heralded event is held in the northeastern United States for the inauspicious purpose of commemorating the destruction of bicycles. The event is sponsored by and dedicated to bike mechanics throughout the world. It is an opportunity for bike mechanics to vent some of their frustrations as well as share some of their experiences with fellow mechanics. In this classic program, producer Harvey Edwards takes us to the Fifth Annual Last Bike Ride, held fittingly in a steady drizzle in a remote wooded area of Vermont. The viewer experiences the three phases of the event: creation, destruction, and burial. Contestants are awarded points for unique bike creations, such as toilet seat bikes with cement wheels, and premium points are given for rusty bolts, cracked frames, and extra weight (one bike weighed in at over 1,000 pounds). Costuming is also important, with contestants wearing anything from handlebars on their heads to bike chains around their waists. In the destruction phase, contestants "ride" their creations fifty yards to the throwing line, where they toss their bikes as far as they can, hoping for distance and for disintegration upon impact. In the burial phase, all of the bikes and bike parts are added to the "great bike heap," where the recycling process begins. 95/12DE IJSCA 15 min.

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