Race Across America

Solo British cyclist Jim Rees attempts to break the UK record for ‘the world’s toughest event’, the transcontinental 3000 mile Race Across America

A one-hour documentary charting the remarkable resilience and determination of an ordinary person accomplishing an extraordinary achievement. Cycling for 20 -21 hours every day for 12 days, the race crosses 14 states and four time zones. Encountering desert heat of 115 degrees and thin mountain air, the Race Across America is the most extreme cycling marathon for the world’s toughest athletes.

Starting in Oceanside, California and ending up in Atlantic City, New Jersey 3047 miles later, the varied terrains of America’s landscape serve as a beautiful backdrop for the challenge. Race Across America is an engaging portrait of one man’s inner belief, desire to inspire and relentless quest for the ultimate sporting achievement.

Off the back of the film, a sports nutrition firm launched a nationwide advertising campaign featuring Jim Rees’ achievement. The main image for the campaign was a still taken from the documentary.

Awards & Mentions

  • Judges’ Award Winner - Royal Television Society West of England Awards 2010

    “We felt it was right to reward the makers of one film for their incredible ingenuity as well as their filmmaking. It was a remarkable tale of a remarkable journey. One man’s epic cycle ride that ended in a nailbiting race against time. The judges’ award goes to Race Across America made by Swift films for ITV”.

    Royal Television Society Award Judges

  • Winner of the Silver Pine Award for Best Sports Documentary
    - European Mefest Film Festival

  • Nominated for ‘Best Television Production’ - Media Innovation Awards

  • Winner of the Jury award at the 7th Atlant International Film Festival in Russia

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