Call of a Life Time depicts the grueling, seven-month-long 2022 Life Time Grand Prix off-road race season with a behind-the-scenes look at the athletes’ highs, lows, drama, self-doubt, turmoil and accomplishments.
Featuring three gravel and three MTB events, the series explores the intense competition and love of the sport among 60 of the world’s premier cyclists.
“We discovered that so many of the athletes are out there because they want to be ambassadors, to inspire others to get outside and use the bike as a vector for getting more people outdoors.”
Award-winning production company Cold Collaborative filmed the series which was conceptualized by director and company founder, Shannon Vandivier. “When I was first approached by Life Time with the opportunity to create this docuseries, I was inspired by Drive to Survive, the Formula 1 Netflix series. The idea was to focus more on the characters and to glorify the races/championship aspect a bit less,” said Vandivier.
“We discovered that so many of the athletes are out there because they want to be ambassadors, to inspire others to get outside and use the bike as a vector for getting more people outdoors. That’s really the mark of one of these athletes…. We wanted to uncover why they do this kind of thing, and what it takes emotionally and physically.”
When asked about creating this docuseries, Vandivier said, “It’s a complicated process, as a director. On average, we had seven people at each race over the course of the past year, pouring massive amounts of time, effort, and creativity into this project. I’m damn proud of the team and want to celebrate them because they were the ones who were able to execute the vision. Whether you’re a dedicated cyclist, a weekend warrior or simply wishing to draw inspiration in your own life, the series is sure to entertain all.”
The format of the series flips back and forth, with the first (Sea Otter Classic) and last (Big Sugar Gravel) episodes highlighting both the women’s and men’s races, the second event (Unbound Gravel) highlighting the men’s race, the third event (Crusher in the Tushar) highlighting the women’s race.
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