The Team Sky bike cleaning challenge: who’s faster – a mechanic or a soigneur?

Will Team Sky mechanic Sam Hayes do a better job of cleaning a bike than soigneur Marek Sawicki? Muc-Off put the pair through their paces
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It’s a chore that few of us enjoy, but one of the perks about being a professional cyclist is that you rarely have to clean your own bike.

You could go out on the muddy cobbles at a Paris-Roubaix training ride and then just chuck your bike at a mechanic and be safe in the knowledge that when you come to ride it the next day it’ll look good as new.

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To test the mechanic’s skills, though, the guys at Muc-Off decided to pit Team Sky‘s Sam Hayes versus one of the team’s soigneurs Marek Sawicki to see who could clean a bike the best in five minutes.

Unsurprisingly, given he does it pretty much every day of the year, Hayes was pretty decent and quick at cleaning, while Sawicki – more used to dealing with bidons and food bags than chain lube and sponges – was a little slower off the mark.

Using Muc-Off’s full array of cleaning products, Hayes got the bike in good nick by the end of the five minutes, seeing off Sawicki’s challenge.

Somewhat controversially, though, the Muc-Off adjudicator only marked Hayes’s at 7.5 out of 10 – something that will surely be brought up at the mechanic’s next performance review.