The film story takes place after the GRAND PEDAL, after the interhigh finished.
The plot is pretty fast-paced and a lack of momentum and anticipation of the cycling race present in comparison with the anime series. It is somewhat expected for a 100 minutes movie. Majority of dialogue are sport related and characters infamous lines. There were quite a few flashback scenes to help refresh your mind and help connect the between the two races.
The art and animation are just as good as the anime.
The sound and background music are rarely different from the anime series.
The original characters from the anime series are present
with a few introduction of new characters. However Midousuji is completely absent from the movie and the plot focuses on the Sohoku and Hakone team members. It was initially expected the new characters role as antagonist would bring excitement to the movie but there is complete lack of it and serve rarely any importance.
Despite some negative points, the movie had some unexpected results of the race, funny references to respective characters and some parts make you laugh hysterically.
I personally enjoyed watching the movie coming as a fan of the anime series. Lots of references to the characters and the series what made the movie enjoyable. The movie is definitely a fan-service and recommended for those who are acquainted with the series.