Video: “Unbreakable” feature documentary on Race Around Ireland

Posted on: January 3rd, 2019

The Race Around Ireland was fought out last August; riders taking in a whopping 2,157km and most of them in a serious fight to simply survive. But out front a select few battled it out to win. One of those was Joe Barr, the 59-year-old who would claim the 2018 title. ‘Unbreakable’ is a documentary about his ride (Photos with thanks to Team Joe Barr)


If you’re looking for a fix of cycling TV before the professional road racing season gets underway the week after next, ‘Unbreakable’ is what you need.

The hour-long documentary, below, of Joe Barr’s winning ride in Race Around Ireland last August is a must-see.

Barr, a former road race pro turned endurance rider, looked shattered when he reached the finish line in Trim, Co Meath, after 2,157km.

He claimed the victory after sleeping for just three hours in five days. Joe Barr prevailed after facing a race-long challenge from Czech endurance star Svaťa Božák.

Barr had made his move early in the gruelling event; pressing on hard on the first night after seeing his rival stopping in Coleraine.

Božák was then forced to respond or see the title slip away. And that set up a head-to-head no-quarter-given dynamic from the outset.

Both riders forced each other to keep pressing at a pace and on a time schedule that neither found comfortable, nor had planned for.

In the end, it was a very close run thing. Barr ran out the winner by two hours after 104 hours of racing.


Unbreakable, full documentary