MAMIL: ˈmamɪl/ (noun, informal) A middle-aged man who is a very keen road cyclist, typically one who rides an expensive bike and wears the type of clothing associated with professional cyclists.
Good, no, great news cycling fans! A new Australian-produced cycling movie is here with promises of ‘a light-hearted, yet insightful, look at the secret lives of MAMIL’s in their natural habitat’.
Yes, ubiquitous ‘Middle-Aged Men In Lycra’ are thrust front and centre stage in this 98-minute feature film that focusses on personal reflections upon why we ride.
“This is done through interviews with experts interwoven with MAMIL stories set around the world,” according to the MAMIL website.
Created by award-winning Melbourne-based filmmakers Nickolas Bird and Eleanor Sharpe, the film is narrated by cycling legend Phil Liggett. It features riders from Victoria’s Warragul Cycling Club and members of the ‘Adelaide Fat Boys’ recreational cycling group right through to passionate riders of Los Angeles, Minneapolis and New York City-based clubs.
“(Film wise) nothing has been done on the world of middle aged men in lycra,” according to the website.
We Stop For Nothing (Except Maybe A Macchiato)
“We’ve shaved our legs and we’re here to stay!,” the preamble continues. “Deal with us, the Adelaide Fat Boys, as we sweep down hills on our bikes, stopping for nothing (except maybe a macchiato).”
“You might be queer in New York, you might be Christian in the midwest, you might be a lawyer or a cancer survivor, you might be hauling your middle-aged belly up the Col de Tourmalet or just popping down to the shops, you might be on a top-line Trek or a heap of junk, you might be wondering how you’re going to explain all of this to your missus, but you still thrill to the moving meditation of the bike.”
MAMIL was awarded Official Selection and premiered at the 2017 Adelaide Film Festival.
The must-see film has received a rapturous welcome from the wider cycling community – it is available to be shown and viewed via the innovative ‘Demand Film’ system with screenings around Australia. Clubs, groups and individuals can also easily arrange their own screening of MAMIL – for session times and further details visit https://au.demand.film/mamil/