Tour of Ara

The Tour of Ara, named for the Southern Hemisphere constellation of Ara, was a prestige race ridden mostly on South African-built steel racing bicycles in the proud tradition of the early Italian multi-day stage races. For it's five year duration, the Tour followed a tough dirt-road route over six days through the beautiful but harsh semi-desert South African Karoo each year. It was as much a race as it was an exploration and celebration of this unique landscape and the people that live there. This 34 minute documentary follows 40 racers as they experience life-changing situations, meet locals, and face some serious race challenges - soft sand, corrugated roads, loose stones, sharp tyre-shredding rocks, rain and mud.

  • Rick Wall
  • Word.
  • Adriaan Louw
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  • Genres:
    Sport, Endurance, Cycling, History, South Africa, Vintage Cycling, Karoo, Desert, Black and White
  • Runtime:
    33 minutes 54 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    South Africa
  • Country of Filming:
    South Africa
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
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Director - Rick Wall