Videos of the week: daredevil descents and underground cycle parking

Missed the best cycling videos from the last week? Never mind, here's the pick of the best

CCTV, helmet cams and roadside race footage all produce some great videos of cycling. From bicycle messengers racing through packed traffic to innovative solutions to urban bike storage, here we round up the best videos from the last week in cycling.

Cyclist gets starring role in public safety video

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British Transport Police have compiled CCTV footage of people taking ridiculous risks at level crossings. Their ‘Do Your Level Best’ campaign aims to highlight the risks and dangers of ignoring the barriers on rail crossings. Here we see a cyclist take centre stage as he clearly thinks he can make it before the barrier goes down, but soon realises he won’t.

Innovative Japanese solution to crowded bicycle parking

From the country that brought us the ultimate space saver in the shape of capsule hotels, inventors in Tokyo, Japan, have developed automated underground bicycle parking. As the video demonstrates, there’s no longer the need to search for a spare rack or to worry about thieves as the bike is whisked away and stored below the city’s streets.

Daredevil approach to beating a traffic jam

Filmaker and street racer Lucas Brunelle joined Brian ‘Safa’ Wagner on a descent of the traffic-packed Avenida Constituyentes in Mexico City. Wagner is a bicycle messenger in the city so speed is of the essence, but this probably isn’t one to try yourself.

Brazen daylight bike robbery

After smashing through a door, two teenagers can be seen making off with several bikes. Two of the stolen machines belong to present British Closed Circuit Time Trial champion Josh Teasdale, who has now been left without a TT bike for the foreseeable future. What’s most shocking about the incident is the fact it takes place in broad daylight, with cars seen on the road in the background.

Steve Cummings wins at Challenge Mallorca

MTN-Qhubeka’s British rider Steve Cummings held off Alejandro Valverde on the final climb of the second race at Challenge Mallorca to claim victory. Taking MTN’s first win of 2015, the former Team Sky and BMC rider dropped Valverde on the final climb of the Trofeo Andratx – Mirador d’Es Colomer race, before pushing on to the line to take the win.

Eighty and still cycling

A French filmmaker has produced a documentary about his grandfather, who at eighty years old is still cycling regularly, covering 600-900KMs per year. Florent Piovesan made the video as a present for what his grandfather Benjamin calls his “fourth 20th birthday”.