We pick out our top 10 cycling videos of the year
They say that over 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute – and a fair few of those filmic seconds include cycling content.
Here we’ve collected together 10 cycling videos that caught our eye during the past 12 months. And if we’ve missed out your favourite, paste in a link in the comments box below.
Fan’s eye view of Mont Zoncolan
Adam Hansen joins in the fun as cycling fan Rodrigo Mattiuz films himself and riders scaling Monte Zoncolan during the Giro d’Italia. It’s brilliantly filmed to capture the scene on the steep mountain.
Peter Sagan’s blistering descent in the 2014 Tour de Suisse
Taking up a position at the front of the bunch, Peter Sagan barely pedals yet pulls away from the rest of the riders with apparent ease. His belly flat against his Cannondale’s top tube, he uses every inch of the road as he apexes the switchbacks perfectly.
Cyclists scrap in the Tour of Portugal
Vicente de Mateus and Asbjorn Kragh came to blows during the Tour of Portugal. Well, we say blows, but really it’s just two tired, skinny fellas engaging in some light tapping.
Kevin Reza’s peloton movie at the Tour de France
Europcar rider Kevin Reza deftly scooped up a fan’s camera during the Tour de France after it was knocked out of the spectator’s hands. He then proceeded to film himself and the peloton. The camera – and Reza’s film – were returned to its owner by the team.
Danny MacAskill The Ridge
Scottish trials maestro Danny MacAskill made several films during the year, but the best was ‘The Ridge’, where he ditched the trials bike and picked up an mtb as he headed to the rocky ridges of his homeland.
Rider hit by deer during bikejoring event
If watching Polish cyclist Agnieszka Rychwalska being pulled along by two dogs wasn’t exciting enough, her video captures the moment a small group of deer jump into her during an event. We’d never heard of bikejoring either.
Marcel Kittel throws his bike at Tirreno-Adriatico
German sprinter Marcel Kittel lost his head during stage two of Tirreno in an uncharacteristic show of temper after a crash. He swiftly apologised to his bike, team, fans and sponsors after his paddy.
Ryder Hesjedal’s ‘motorised’ bike
One of the most watched videos on www.cyclingweekly.com was of this odd incident during stage seven of the Vuelta a Espana, when Canadian Ryder Hesjedal fell off his bike, which then appears to keep turning by itself. It sparked fresh claims of ‘motorised doping’ and prompted the UCI to investigate. They found nothing untoward, but that didn’t stop the internet conspiracists.
Dutch Headwind Championships
As a rule cyclists hate riding into a headwind, so imagine the pain and suffering endured by those taking part in the annual Dutch Headwind Championships – which we billed as the hardest time trial in the world.
New rocket-powered bike world speed record of 207mph
Cyclists have tried many things to make themselves go faster (ask WADA), but one seldom seen way to boost your speed is to simply strap a rocket to your bike. French rider Francois Gissy did just that and set a new speed record of 207mph. He was lucky he didn’t set his hair on fire.