Video round-up: MTB vs Roadie Rap Battle plus much more
We scour the internet to bring you the pick of this week's cycling videos
With the rise of sites such as YouTube and Vimeo, there’s a wealth of video on the internet these days, much of it related to cycling. A lot of videos we see perhaps don’t merit their own story, but we feel are worth sharing – so this is the first of what will be a weekly round-up so you don’t miss anything.
MTB vs Roadie rap battle
Some people are mountain bikers. Some are road cyclists. Some, like our own VecchioJo, are both.
But which is better? There is only one way to settle it. Sorry, Harry Hill – that way is not a fight. Instead, it’s a rap battle. We love this (well, in an it's so cringeingly back you can only watch it though your fingers sort of a way - ed).
Underwater bike ride
We’re not sure what would possess anyone to attempt to ride a bike underwater – for a start, metal and H2O aren’t the world’s best mix – but that’s what this 17-year-old in Norway did. Warning – contains banjo music.
San Francisco 38 per cent climb, anyone?
The steepest part of any climb in this year’s Tour de France comes in Sheffield, where the final ascent on Stage 2, in Sheffield’s Jenkin Road, hits a one in three gradient.
Inevitably, things are bigger in the US. Here’s cyclist Joshua Diaz tackling what is only the second toughest climb in San Francisco – which has a gradient of 38 per cent. Our legs hurt just thinking about that.
Sadly our weekly round-up is likely to feature some examples of shocking driving, and this one is no exception.
Here’s a van driver who is in such a rush to get to his destination that he overtakes a car that is passing a cyclist, and only avoids hitting another vehicle head-on because the other driver saw what was happening and braked.
Bristol bus driver harasses cyclist
This isn’t the first video we’ve seen from Bristol of a bus driver being a bit of an arse when there’s a cyclist around.
In this instance, the bus operator involved, First West of England, told the Bristol Post: "We are aware of the video that has been posted online.
"A member of our social media team has contacted the individual involved to obtain the specific details so that the matter can be formally investigated.
"As part of this process we will review all the footage, including any recorded by the bus’ own CCTV cameras.
"We would like to take the opportunity to reassure customers and other road users that we take our responsibilities as a public transport operator very seriously.
"We have recently stepped up our level of engagement with cyclists with a view to improving the relationship between them and our own drivers," the company added.