Videos of the week: A fast descent of a snowy hill, Team Sky’s Classics preview and more

This week's a cracker for cycling videos

Thanks to some particularly brutal weather conditions at recent races, we have been treated to some interesting and amusing footage from the WorldTour. But that’s not all; this week we have also found a cyclist riding into a ditch and a new speed record for a bicycle.

Sit back and enjoy the best cycling videos of the week.

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New world speed record

We’ve all got stories about how we once went really fast down a hill but Eric Barone’s tops them all as he set a new world mountain bike record in Vars. He clocked a whopping 223.2km/h hurtling down a snowy hill.

Careful, there’s a ditch there

This cyclist is doing himself no favours when he pulls out in front of a car. Karma has the last laugh, however, when the cyclist diverts onto what he thinks is a harmless grassy verge and instead slips into a ditch.

Chava’s jacket debacle

We’ve posted this already, but it’s worth another look. At what point does he think ‘I’d rather just be too hot’, I wonder.

Team Sky’s cobbles

Team Sky are already having their best cobbled Classics campaign in their history, and that’s before their self-declared headline of Paris-Roubaix. Ian Stannard outfoxed a trio of Etixx – Quickstep big hitters to conquer Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, and more recently Geraint Thomas was quite clearly the best rider when he soloed to glory at E3 Harelbeke.

Here the British team look at the gruelling cobbles ahead of this weekend’s Tour of Flanders and next weekend’s showpiece at the Hell of the North.

Luca Paolini’s intelligent Ghent-Wevelgem victory

Looking at the front group with 7km to go at Ghent-Wevelgem, many people would have overlooked 38-year-old Luca Paolini. On-form Geraint Thomas and Classics man Niki Terpstra were both in attendance, along with Sep Vanmarcke, Jens Debusschere and Terpstra’s teammate Vandenbergh. But whilst the young guns played cat and mouse or simply didn’t want to ride on the front, Paolini slipped away and soon had an unassailable lead.