Samuel Craven Samuel Craven Documentary Filmmaker

Queens of the Classic

The pro cycling calendar is awash with hard races, but none truly compare to the Hell of the North. Grueling sections of bone-rattling pavé are only worsened by the fickle spring weather of northern Europe, pushing riders and their bodies to the limit. Arguably the most difficult one-day event of the year, Paris–Roubaix, or the Queen of the Classics, has only been open to women since 2021. But despite its short history, Paris–Roubaix Femmes has already delivered some timeless editions, and for two EF Education-TIBCO-SVB teammates, 2023 was no exception. In Queens of the Classic, we follow Zoe Bäckstedt on her journey to a race won by her father Magnus Bäckstedt in 2004, and document Alison Jackson’s coronation as Roubaix royalty. From furthering a family’s legacy on the world stage to writing a new chapter in women’s cycling, join us for a behind-the-scenes story from a classic like no other.

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Directed by Samuel Craven
Cinematography by Ailsa Aikoa
Produced by Joseph Edwards
Production Company - Offbeat
Edited by Samuel Craven
2nd Unit DOP Alex Mcarthur, Ivo Maes & Sean Hardy
Sound by Simon Coram
Music by Builder’s Tea
Post Sound by Keith White Audio
Colour by Alex O’brien
Senior Designer Tommy Spitters
Senior Creative Producer Fiona Percival
Associate Creative Director Matt Tucker
Featuring Zoe Bäckstedt, Megan Bäckstedt, Magnus Bäckstedt & Alison Jackson
Special thanks to Emmyland, Les Amis De Paris-Roubaix, The Bäckstedt family, Ina Mediapro, Kathryn Ezra, Megan Earl, Taylor Kruse, Emma Wade and Alfred.