We’ve all seen people do it: whether it’s cycling, sprinting or long-distance running, the leader of a race will often start cheering before they’ve crossed the finish line in anticipation of their sweet victory.
But it’s a risky game to play. In the clip above, filmed at the end of Britain’s Via Roma Cirencester Twilight Criterium, lead cyclist Jamie Wilkins begins celebrating just before he reaches the finish line — and then the guy in second zooms past him and takes the win at the very last second.
Pay close attention to the man on the sidelines in the green t-shirt — the way his eager cheering changes to a look of horror as rival Jamie Penton pretty sneaks the win pretty much says it all.
Put away your guitars. We should all be playing the bike.
Singer-songwriter Kina Grannis joined YouTuber Kurt Hugo Schneider for a skillful cover of Sia’s “Cheap Thrills” played exclusively using Grannis’ voice and a single standard bicycle.
Why not hook up your single-speed to some amps and give it a whirl yourself?
Today in extremely dangerous activities performed for the sake of YouTube popularity: a stunt performer rides a unicycle atop a 840-foot chimney.
If your heart rate skyrockets while watching this video, don’t worry — you’re reacting appropriately.
Denise Mueller set the women’s bicycle world speed record by riding 147mph while drafting a modified Land Rover. The bike was a completely custom creation by KHS and DaVinci Bikes, outfitted with a dual crown suspension fork and cirrus Body Float suspension seatpost. The latter two, along with the overall design of the bike, were to reduce vibrations and subtle bumps from creating instability, which would be disastrous at those speeds. Check out the bike and more details, below…
Other custom touches include double-reduction gearing, massive 60 tooth chainrings, custom built 17-inch dragster wheels with shaved tires, an elongated frame, and steering stabilizers.
Mueller is an accomplished bicycle and motosports racer, the current National Criterium Champion, and a 15-time National Champion, as well as a mother of three. Her coach, John Howard, set the men’s speed record 30 years ago by riding 152.2mph. It was beaten in 1995 by Fred Rompleberg of the Netherlands with a top speed of 167mph. The team said she’d like to top that number, but their current track isn’t long enough. Regardless, she’s not just the new women’s record holder, she’s apparently the only woman to ever seriously attempt the land speed record for bicycles.
Follow future progress and get more info and history at TheProjectSpeed.com.
Birmingham will host a 100-mile closed road sportive next September, with 15,000 cyclists expected to take part.
Details of the event, Vélo Birmingham, are being kept under wraps for now, with the official launch taking place at the Cycle Show at the NEC on Thursday 22 September.
If you want to be one of the first to know about what’s planned, you can pre-register now on the Vélo Birmingham website.
BBC presenter Jeremy Vine has shared a video of a road rage incident he was involved in last Friday while cycling through London.
In the clip below, filmed on cameras attached to Vine’s helmet and the rear of his bike, a woman blares her horn while driving behind Vine on a narrow street in Kensington, London. Vine stops his bike to tell her he needs to be cycling a safe distance away from the parked cars, at which point she gets out of her own car and confronts him.
There’s quite a lot of shouting, swearing and angry confusion before Vine rides off again. Later in the clip, the woman gets out of her car while stopped at a red light and confronts Vine once more.
Vine has passed the footage on to London’s Metropolitan Police.
Virgin Group founder Richard Branson was recently injured in a serious bike accident while cycling on Virgin Gorda, an island in the British Virgin Islands.
Branson shared images of his injuries after the accident and described what had happened in a blog post Friday:
“I was heading down a hill towards Leverick Bay when it suddenly got really dark and I managed to hit a ‘sleeping policeman’ hump in the road head on. The next thing I knew, I was being hurled over the handlebars and my life was literally flashing before my eyes.”
Branson said his helmet helped mitigate most of the damage. His bike fell off the cliff. He cracked his cheek and cut his chin, knee and shoulder, among other things, but hasn’t sustained any serious injuries apart from some torn ligaments, he wrote.
Branson was preparing for the Virgin Strive Challenge, in which he, alongside his children Holly and Sam and several others, will travel more than 1240 miles from the summit of the Matterhorn to the summit of Mt. Etna in Sicily. The challenge, whose goal is to raise 1.5 million pounds ($1.98 million) to help a charity organization called Big Change that funds innovative projects from young people in the UK, and entails hiking, running, swimming and cycling.
Despite his most recent accident, he still plans to participate in the challenge next month.