The top six cycling videos of the week: holding cars, washing clothes and more

Here's the latest crop of the best cycling videos of the week

Once again we have searched around to find some of the best footage from the world of two wheels. The clue’s in the name, so the majority of the videos are from the past week, but there is one vintage clip that gives cycling tips to riders in the 1930s.

The Vuelta a España is underway, and the year’s third Grand Tour has already thrown up a cracking bit of video footage involving previous winner Vincenzo Nibali and a feat of acceleration.

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There’s also a bit more car holding, lessons in how to wash your kit and an analysis of the speed difference between standard road and aero time trial helmets.

Here are the best cycling videos of the week.

Astana’s very magic spanner

“Everyone else does it” is a phrase the cycling world has heard before, and is not one it enjoys. Having got caught behind a crash, potential top-five finisher Nibali was riding hard to get back into contention with the rest of the GC riders on stage two of the Vuelta.

At first commentators and viewers alike were complimentary of how well he’d done to get back to the front of the peloton…but then this footage emerged. It turns out that the Italian national champion had taken the old magic spanner technique a bit far and as a result was disqualified from the race.

Is holding onto cars the new way to cycle?

Hold on a moment, maybe we got Nibali all wrong: if this footage of the Japanese Olympic team’s recce of the Rio 2016 road race parcours is anything to go by, taking a blatant tow could be the way of the future.

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Let’s hope they get a bit more training in over the next few months so they can get up the hill unaided on race day.

How to wash your cycle clothing

Delicate and performance fabrics, low washing temperatures, sweaty base layers and muddy gilets: how best to get it all clean?

In this exclusive Cycling Weekly video we run through how best to get your cycling clothing clean without compromising its performance.

Cycling tips, 30s style

The purpose of this decades old video is seemingly to give cyclists tips on how to keep themselves safe.

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Not sure they’ve quite got it right though…

Cycling around Iceland: 1000km in 10 days

We’ve seen a previous video from this intrepid duo when they cycled the highest road in the world. This time they headed for Iceland to pedal their way round in a journey lasting 10 days.

Something that stands out other than the spectacular scenery is the way they’re carrying their kit: panniers might be a better choice next time. Still, a well cut video and an epic adventure. Chapeau.

How much faster is a time trial helmet?

Tech writer Chris Hovenden went over to the Newport Velodrome to see how much faster a time trial specific helmet is when compared to a standard vented road helmet.

Those just getting into rides against the clock should pay attention to the performance gains detailed here.