German 'artistic cyclist' David Schnabel defies logic in a new video

Words by Rob McCallum

Artistic cycling made its first appearance on the Cycling Weekly website in November, when David Schnabel showed off his skills in an amazing video.

In his latest edit, the eight-time Artistic Cycling World Champion seemingly defies physics as he rides backwards, one-footed. It has to be seen to be believed.

Other tricks include a handstand on his handlebars and front flipping off a moving bike. The casual nature with which the majority of it is carried out makes for an even more mind-bending watch.

The World Championships have been running since 1956, and this year Schnabel is preparing an attempt to reclaim his world title, after not being present at last year’s competition. Watching his skills we’d say it’ll take one hell of a talent to beat him.

The next UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships take place in November in Melaka, Malaysia and includes disciplines in singles and pairs artistic cycling as well as rainbow jerseys on offer in the cycle ball competition.