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Canterbury ex-pat Phil Keoghan (host of US reality television show The Amazing Race) returns to Christchurch for the world premiere his new file documentary, Le Ride, at the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF).
In 1928 four intrepid young men from Australia and New Zealand, joined together and competed in what is considered by many to be the toughest sporting event in the world. They were undertrained, under-resourced, untested and unstoppable! Courageous underdogs, New Zealander Harry Watson and fellow Australians Sir Hubert Opperman, Ernie Bainbridge and Percy Osborne were the first English speaking team to compete in the Tour de France.
Racing as a newly formed, untested team of four, competing against Europe’s most elite cycling teams of 10, many considered the Australasia’s entry a total joke. With some days taking longer than 20 hours, one French journalist called the Australasian’s attempt “nothing short of murder”.
“That tour was hell on wheels. The roads were all unsealed and Harry and his co-riders were the talk of the competition. Harry was a champion, yet very few people in New Zealand know his remarkable story. It’s crazy- if he was an All Black, he’d be a legend,” says Phil, who produced Le Ride with this wife and producing partner, Louise Keoghan.