Warren Cohen
July 16, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Bill Strickland is the kind of cycling fanatic whose two-wheeler costs more than his pickup truck. He’s not a pro, but he lives near a world-class training facility in Pennsylvania and battles elite riders every week in an open race. With little chance of scoring any points against such superjocks, Strickland desperately wants to test his willpower against any hardship, such as the self-destructive behavior that threatens his marriage, child-rearing, and even his cycling. His demons stem from his malevolent father’s abuse, horrors that would make even Eli Roth squirm. Following Strickland’s uphill climb in Ten Points, both in life and in racing, is a bracing and rewarding experience. A-

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