For this edition of Videos of the Week we have gone a bit heavy on the Hell of the North, so if you’re not a fan of Paris-Roubaix now you might be by the end.
To break up the racing footage, we have also included a video from Cycling Canada that encourages people to ‘hop on’ a bike. A great message, but also mildly-apocalyptic in its execution with phantom riderless bikes.
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As well as this week’s YouTube gold, we also offer an exclusive video of Team Sky’s cobble bike, where their race mechanic talks through the alterations the team makes before tackling the cobbles.
Paris-Roubaix riders skip the barrier
As the Hell of the North approached a level crossing, the barriers started to fall. Under the full pressure of a race situation, some riders chose to skip through: something which French train company SNCF has contacted police about.
Phantom empty bikes
This video encourages Canadians to ‘hop on’ a bike, whatever their chosen discipline. A great initiative that can be applied to any country. See if you can spot the the bike with the chainset on the wrong side.
Team Sky’s Classics bike
Cycling Weekly was given exclusive access to Geraint Thomas’s cobble-dampening machine. Team Sky mechanic Gary Blem talks through the four key adjustments made to ensure rider comfort, and help them reach the sharp end of important races fresh enough to contest the result.
Sometimes it’s better just to hang back
Away from racing and pro bikes, this video from sw19cam demonstrates how sometimes it’s better to just hang back when riding in traffic. What would happen if the wobble turned into a fall, and the bus driver was playing sudoku? Patience and caution on ill-designed roads will go a long way.
Wiggins’s attack in Paris-Roubaix
Here’s one for fans of Sir Bradley Wiggins: just imagine if this attempted breakaway had been the decisive move of the day, and the 2012 Tour champion had rounded out his Team Sky career with a win in the Roubaix velodrome. One fairytale too far, unfortunately.