This short film was made during an early research and development for MARCO, at the RSC rehearsal rooms in Stratford.
It was inspired by the following extract from Matt Rendell's biography, The Death of Marco Pantani:
"The great quantities of molecular oxygen r-EPO made available allowed doped athletes to make repeated anaerobic efforts - violent accelerations, for instance. Each time, the oxygen-rich blood-mix replenished the muscle's supplies of ATP. Average speeds improved dramatically. Cycling lost dead moments when riders were recovering. It was great news for the viewer and, by day, great news for the athlete. The gel-like blood is great for high performance, but totally unsuited to rest, and at night, when the heartbeat slows, its sheer density become a liability. It is as if the fleets heavy traffic rumbling down the motorway with fuel for the furnaces suddenly slowed to a crawl in a potentially catastrophic snarl-up. The athlete has to set his heart-rate monitor to beep whenever his pulse drops below a certain level - say, thirty five beats per minute. When it sounds, he has to wake up and exercise to coax his straining heart into action. For the cyclist, this means that after riding for a living all day, he rides on rollers at night to stay alive."