As a sport, cycling has experienced the ups and downs that come with increased drugs testing, with some athletes falling victim to the adoption of punishments of greater severity. Only through hard work and determination will you truly achieve your goals, and this motto is prevalent in the life and training of an athlete, none more so than a professional cyclist. One such contender who experienced the strains and successes of the sport is David Millar, a Scottish former professional road racing cyclist known for his Tour de France achievements and his ban after using performance-enhancing drugs. Time Trial documents the sportsman’s return to the roads […].
Through the use of “in your face” photography and very little soundtrack other than ringing undertones, director Finlay Pretsell creates a therapeutic auditory and visual experience, in which Millar’s competitive struggles are ingrained into every pocket of the screen, maintaining a tone that is both relaxed and complex. […] With scenes that you may never have witnessed before […], trepidation is infused with the rhythmic anticipation that comes with competition […].[Time Trial delves] ever deeper into the mind of the rider and [presents] a relatable in-depth exploration into the psychology behind what makes cycling such an addictive thrill.
Guy Lambert, The Upcoming