Professional racing really got going in the last week, with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne at the weekend, both won by British riders.
Away from the road, Dame Sarah Storey had a commendable attempt at the Hour Record, coming up just over 500 metres short of the record set by Leontien van Moorsel in 2003. Despite not taking the overall Hour, Dame Sarah did set a new national record, a new C5 para-record and a new masters (35-39) record.
How many Etixx riders does it take to beat Stannard? No one knows
It’s a long one, but worth watching. If this feature was called video of the week, this would be it. Faced with three strong and experienced Classics specialists – all of whom happened to be on the same team – the odds were stacked against British rider Ian Stannard. But Yogi doesn’t care for odds. Watch him close down attacks, launch his own, and then dominate the final sprint to be the first rider to defend their Omloop Het Nieuwsblad title since Peter Van Petegem in 1998.
Uptown Funk, South Africa style
Never a team to shy away from appearing in a video, Orica GreenEdge have made their own version of Bruno Mars’s Uptown Funk while in South Africa. Colourful shirts, dodgy dancing and interesting lip-syncing make for a fun and summery video.
Sarah Storey talks about her Hour Record attempt
Fresh off the track and still feeling the effects of a gruelling ride, Dame Sarah Storey discusses her unsuccessful Hour Record attempt. We say unsuccessful — she may not have set a new overall record, but to add three more records to her already impressive palmarès in the space of an hour is pretty good going.
Clark Kent drops by the Team Sky training camp
Chris Froome this week recorded one of his team mates spicing up a speedy descent by performing a superman pose. Definitely not one to try on your own training loop. And if you can guess the identity of the stunt-performing rider, let us know in the comments below.
Anna Meares sings the praises of on-bike cameras
On-bike cameras are appearing at more and more races, most notably on Jeremy Roy’s bike as he dodges crash after crash. At the UCI World Track Championships, onboard footage was live streamed during races, something 11 time world keirin champion Anna Meares thinks is great.