The Ride

6.91 h 26 min2011ALL
Join Phil Keoghan from the hit television series "The Amazing Race" as he bike rides across America, averaging 100 miles a day. Witness Phil's ultimate journey as if you were right there with him. You will laugh, cry, and feel absolute joy.
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Phil KeoghanJohn 'Diesel' KeoghanBen Cornell
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Greg PeartScott ShelleyJess Bushyhead
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Paul S. RemingtonReviewed in the United States on June 9, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent documentary for those interested in extreme physical challenges
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Phil Koeghan takes us on a fantastic thirty-day biking junket from Santa Monica beach all the way to New York City, accompanied by a tight cast of riders and his father in tow to assist, as needed. This movie shows the vast array of experiences he discovers during this venture. From beautiful vistas, scorching heat, billowing head winds, leg-crushing hills, to inclement weather and sickness. It is inspiring, riveting, and at times grueling to watch.

What was particularly moving for me was his alliance towards those with MS. I have MS and am fortunate to be able to cycle, although my ability to walk has been limited and my ability to run almost destroyed. This movie, along with the support of a loved one who rode an MS Ride with Phil, has inspired me to take up riding more seriously. I would love to try a trek such as Phil has documented here, but I know to do so is impractical. So Phil has done it for me and brought us all along for the journey on The Ride.

I highly recommend this movie for anyone of any age, especially those who are into biking or extreme physical challenges. It has motivated me to take my cycling to the next level and beyond. Best of all, I find this movie holds up well with repeated watching.
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G. WillisReviewed in the United States on May 10, 2014
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Wow. Simply wow.
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I'm a big fan of The Amazing Race, which Phil Keoghan hosts. I'm jealous of his job. So when I found this by accident, I was intrigued. "Phil Keoghan did a movie?" I had to check it out. And I'm glad I did.

The opening shot had me hooked. After that, I don't think I blinked again until the movie was over. Phil wanted to celebrate his 40th birthday in a big, yet unusual way. So he combined it with his passion for helping others and did a coast-to-coast bike ride across America to raise money and awareness for the MS Society.

No matter the weather, no matter the hardships, he had just about a month to complete the journey. It started out with a big splash and hundreds of riders, but quickly thinned out to 5 or 6, then 2 or 3, then just Phil by himself on a 10-speed touring bike. Across deserts, through sandstorms, in rain, snow, and over mountains, he pedaled his heart out and you see a side to Phil that you don't see on The Amazing Race.

The film shows how much gut, grit, humor, and determination Phil hides behind his infamous raised eyebrow. On the journey he hits highs and lows, going through exhaustion, depression, and elation, and manages to keep pushing on in spite of any pain or discomfort. And not only does he make a grueling ride daily, he stops in small towns and visits with people suffering with MS who have collected money and are making donations to the MS Society.

The Ride is one of the most inspiring true-life films I have ever seen. It is about compassion, determination, family, and friendship. I highly recommend this film. It is well worth your time.
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Scott NazelrodReviewed in the United States on November 25, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
a good documentary
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After trying to find this movie other places, I finally got it on Amazon on the rental deal. Definately the best choice, as it's not a movie I would want to repeatedly watch. It is interesting, however, if you are a cycling enthusiast. It's also an excellent resource to look at if you are considering taking such a trip too. However, Phil travels with a support van and a team, so he doesn't experience the extra physical strain of carrying his gear and lonliness of a solitary trip. If you want to see an amazing self supported bike adventure check out "Ride the Divide". It's about a mountain bike race down the western continental divide that takes about a month to complete, and you carry all your gear. Definately a little more challenging than Phil's adventure here, not to make light of it because it's still tough!
PeterReviewed in the United States on February 7, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
Purpose + Heart + Community
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Always a fan of biking and the Amazing Race, I was intrigued and rode with Phil for a few miles where he started his cross country adventure. But hearing the testimonies of MS survivors from that day forward, and along his route as we followed him online, compelled me to be a fundraiser myself.

The Ride is an honoring, tip of the hat from Phil to the beautiful countryside that challenged him, the ego that drove and humbled him, and the people who touched him and spurred him on. You gain good insight into a good man, trying to do a good thing. And how it really took a small roving, rolling village to keep this man, schedule and dream alive.

Professionally and personably shot, the footage is not so much about the thrill of attacking the French Alps with Lance, it's more about an ordinary man that tried to do something extraordinary. We join Phil on this fun, exciting ride, but we get to know the heart of people, including his team, and we gain hope in the generosity of people.
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Robert A FergusonReviewed in the United States on June 27, 2018
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A waste
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Pompous minor celebrity acts like he's the first person to ride a bike a long distance. Waste of time unless you REALLY love The Amazing Race.
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Rev JerryReviewed in the United States on March 5, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Worth viewing the scenery alone
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My wife and I really enjoyed Keoghan's documentary of his very well supported cross country ride. But, hey, it was for a specific cause. Had never heard of him before finding this, and it was a rare, enjoyable time spent watching it. And he is no slouch on a bike.
MarkusSageReviewed in the United States on February 9, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing Documentary. Take time to Watch!!
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After having first person experience in the tremendous effort made by Phil Keoghan and his team, I was pleased at how well this movie captures the incredible journey. I had the pleasure of working with this crew as they traveled through Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Such wonderful people on a fabulous mission. His effort raised substantial funds for an incredibly important cause - the National MS Society. Makes me want to work harder and perform better everyday. And, yes, you will laugh, cry and want to try the unimaginable after watching this awesome journey for a better good.
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Michael A. WaltersReviewed in the United States on February 4, 2011
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If you only watch one documentary this year - make this it!
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I am not usually a big fan of documentaries, but this one is top notch. I am a cyclist, and watching Phil go through what he did to ride all the way across America was simply amazing. As a regular participant in MS Bike Ride fund raising each year, it was also awesome to see him do it all for that great cause (and bit of his own need to deal with his mid-life crisis).

The movie is inspiring, emotional, and at times humorous. Do yourself a favor and check it out!
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