Rapha Condor Sharp’s new direction is brought into sharp focus in a short film which documents the team’s pre-season training camp.
Sella is the work of Andrew Telling, winner of a Rapha Condor Sharp competition launched in January to find a young film maker to follow the team for a week.
Having been ranked number one in the UK over the past three years, the UCI Continental squad will now focus on developing young talent and nine under-23 riders were recruited for the 2012 season, to be mentored by the five remaining Rapha Condor Sharp pros, including Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy and Dean Downing.
“Named after the arduous climb in Spain, Sella is a highly atmospheric and visually arresting insight into life at a pro team training camp,” according to the team’s website.
“Andrew’s compelling short perfectly captures the rhythms and rituals of training camp life, with seemingly mundane tasks such as team meals, meetings and massage offering a marked contrast to punishing rides in the winter sunshine. To capture each rider’s style and personality on their bikes, Andrew spent hours interviewing each rider off them.
“Andrew’s dedication pays dividends out on the road, as elegant and innovative camerawork, set to Andrew’s own haunting score, results in a rarely seen glimpse of what it looks – and in some cases feels – like to ride among the pros.”