The Vuelta a Espana: The view from neutral service

Head cam shows exactly what it takes to be neutral service at a grand tour

Ever wondered what it's like to be a neutral service mechanic at a grand tour? Me neither. But this video from Shimano sheds a light on just how pressurised a job it can be.

From changing riders' wheels as quickly as you possibly can, to handing wheels to each other from motorbike to car while still moving at some speed, the video gives a brief insight to what its like to be a mechanic at the Vuelta a Espana. There's an unexpected amount of running involved, while it's also unlikely to you'd be given much margin for error in that role.

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.


An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).