Sadly the Tour de France has ended for another year, but happily it did so with a British overall victory. With one eye still looking back on the 2015 race, a couple of the cycling videos in this round-up come from the Grande Boucle including on bike footage of the slippery parcours for the women’s La Course.
Away from that, we have our own tech team’s look at which climbs faster, a lightweight bike or an aero road bike.
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We also have another look at the strongman who took exception to a car being parked in a bike lane and some true feats of balance in a trails-on-a-road-bike video.
Aero bike versus lightweight bike: which climbs faster?
Following on from our video that established how much faster an aero road bike is on the flat, we took the test onto a climb (well, Box Hill).
Riding at set wattages over the distance of the drag we were able to find which bike was best suited to the terrain.
Rider’s eye view of the crowds on Alpe d’Huez
The penultimate stage of this year’s Tour was designed to be the decider for the overall victory. It didn’t quite work out that way, but Nairo Quintana certainly pushed Chris Froome nearer to defeat than he would have liked.
This video shows the seething crowds on Alpe d’Huez, which for most would be a fun experience, but for others was probably quite intimidating.
How did he get there?
After the Parisian police had earlier opened fire on a car that crashed into the crowd barriers at the edge of the Tour de France course, it’s a wonder that security had dropped sufficiently over the next few hours to allow a man in a bed sheet to enter the circuit and stand in the way of the riders.
Thankfully it looks as though the whole peloton made it round without incident and were able to finish complete the stage.
I wonder how many punctures he gets
It’s not new to see established trials riders taking their skills onto WorldTour standard (with a few tweaks) road bikes, but they’re still well worth a watch.
Continuing his association with Alberto Contador‘s Tinkoff-Saxo team, Vittorio Brumotti shows just how good he is with some gravity defying riding around Livigno in Italy.
That’s one way to clear the cycle lane
We’ve all had to change course due to motor vehicles being parked in cycle lanes, but for one bicycle user enough was enough. This strongman took matters into his own hands, literally, and moved the vehicle out of his way.
On bike footage from La Course by the Tour de France
Due to its normal function as a busy main road, the Champs Elysées is likely to be covered in oil and diesel. Add to that some pretty heavy rain and the road looked similar to an ice rink in places.
As this footage shows, it was so slippery at times that riders were falling off on their own in anticipation of a crash slightly further up the road.
Anna van der Breggen took the victory from a well timed solo break, whilst other riders were just happy to finish unscathed.