Now that the UCI Road World Championships have been and gone, and with just a couple of professional races left in the 2015 season, it will soon be the case that our pick of the best cycling videos of the week will come entirely from helmet cams and smartphones of everyday people using two wheels.
For now though, there are still racing videos to be watched, and the best ones are featured below. We also have an over friendly crow, tips on road bike tyres and more besides.
Highlights from the World Champs
Peter Sagan will likely prove to be a very popular World Champion, and the style in which he won the men’s road race in Virginia made he all the more deserving of the rainbow stripes.
It hasn’t been the smoothest of seasons for the Slovakian but things picked up in the second half and worlds win is the culmination of his rise (back) to the top. The 2016 Classics season should be very exciting indeed. Can’t wait!
Sagan wasn’t the only winner over the weekend, obviously, and it was Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead who came out on top in the women’s road race.
Capping off a very good season – regained her national road race title, defended her World Cup crown with wins along the way – Armitstead was on fine form when she crossed the line first to become the fourth British woman to win the rainbow jersey.
The best lightweight bikes
Here’s our pick of some very low weight bikes that you might spot in 2016. With a couple of models coming in around 4.5kg we really are talking about the cutting edge of featherweight race machines.
Crow says hello
This is probably the weirdest bit of footage to make it into videos of the week for quite some time.
A crow – with a clip around its ankle hinting at ownership – seems very taken with a commuter and his backpack. Swooping at the cyclist and pecking at his bag, the bird acts with a level of familiarity that confuses the rider.
Road bike tyres
In our new buyer’s guide, tech writer Henry Robertshaw runs through the best road bike tyres.
Talking through the three main options on the market and the advantages of each, this guide is good for beginners and experienced riders alike.
Rachel Atherton’s Foxhunt
In the second outing of her Foxhunt, current women’s downhill mountain biking world champion Rachel Atherton chased over 100 competitors down a descent near Edinburgh.
She managed to catch and pass 91 of her fellow riders before reaching the finish gantry. You can read the full story over on mbr.co.uk.