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From Tour de France support rider to big screen starring role, Mathew Hayman brings his story to Hong Kong

The 39-year-old Australian is the main character in the critically acclaimed cycling documentary ‘All For One’

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 19 September, 2017, 5:20pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 September, 2017, 6:41pm

Hong Kong-bound Mathew Hayman has spent most of his cycling career as a support rider, helping others to win races – including at this year’s Tour de France.

He is now a star in his own right thanks to the lead role he plays in a documentary film about his job as a team man.

The Australian was the principal character in the 103-minute feature All For One, a documentary chronicling the first five years of the Orica-Scott cycling team, which started life in 2011 as the GreenEdge team.

Watch the trailer for All For One

The documentary, which is an impressive 9.1 on online movie website IMDB’s scorecard, is set to make its premiere in Hong Kong on October 7.

The trailer provides a glimpse into the hard work, struggles and fun the team experienced in their journey. It includes a classic scene where the team bus becomes stuck under an arc on one of the routes, prompting team manager Shayne Bannan to say: “I thought we were gonna be the only team ever kicked out of the Tour de France for nothing to do with doping.”

Hayman is set to attend the premier and the very next day, represent his Australia-based team in the UCI-sanctioned Hong Kong Challenge – a 100-kilometre closed-circuit race in Tsim Sha Tsui that is part of the Sun Hung Kai Properties Hong Kong Cyclothon on October 8.

At the 2017 Tour de France, Hayman’s role was to support Colombian youngster Esteban Chaves and Britain’s Simon Yates.

Chaves finished 62nd overall while Yates was seventh and won the white jersey. Hayman finished 151, with his best performance coming in the 213.5km seventh stage from Troyes to Nuits-Saint-Georges in which he finished 24th.

The Cyclothon involves a number of events for cyclists of all ages and standards, with the main event being the 100km Hong Kong Challenge around a 5.15km circuit along Salisbury Road, Mody Road, Science Museum Road and the Hung Hom Bypass.

Orica are among a number of international teams taking part in the race, including riders from Britain, Spain, Japan, France, Italy, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and China, among others.

The men’s open race is for professional and amateur riders and is 50km long, taking riders across Hong Kong’s “3 Tunnels, 3 Bridges” routes that includes the Tsing Ma Bridge and Ting Kau Bridge.

The women’s open is 30km long.

There will also be fun events for children and families.

Also taking part is the Wiggins team from Great Britain, founded by Britain’s first Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins. Hong Kong will be represented by the HKSI Pro Cycling Team.