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Team Sky's 2013 Tour de France winner in first ever undersea bike crossing...

Chris Froome has become the first person to ride a bike through the Channel Tunnel from England to France.

Ironically, the video of Froome taking on the tunnel was released on the same day as passengers had to be evacuated from the tunnel - and in to the service tunnel Froome used for his ride - because of a power failure on a train at 06:20am this morning. Disruption is expected all day, luckily the riders are flying back, but some of the Tour's support vehicles may have a problem getting back across the Channel. 

Riding his Pinarello time trial bike, Froome completed the 50km crossing in about 55 minutes, a mark that someone determined to get into the Guiness Book of Records will no doubt want to beat.

Froome’s ride actually took place on June 1, but with the Tour de France crossing from England to France this evening after stage 3 finishes in London, Team Sky have released a video of the ride today, as you do.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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marche [86 posts] 1 year ago
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No transfer needed tonight at the tour de France!

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pirnie [199 posts] 1 year ago
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Is it just me that thinks this must have been a mind numbingly boring ride?

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pirnie [199 posts] 1 year ago
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Is it just me that thinks this must have been a mind numbingly boring ride?

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mrchrispy [444 posts] 1 year ago
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That would be very hypnotic, the ped tunnel under the Tyne is bad enough...

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SevenHills [196 posts] 1 year ago
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pirnie wrote:

Is it just me that thinks this must have been a mind numbingly boring ride?

No it's not just you.  37

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NickK123 [93 posts] 1 year ago
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Not only must that have been a v boring ride but also quite sick inducing - with a lack of clear features to focus on, no horizon and, as mentioned, the hypnotic lights. Apart from the stat, I am not sure that there will be a stream of people wishing to do this. (That said, it might have been a good start to the Wiggle French Revolution I did a couple of weeks ago!)

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gazza_d [459 posts] 1 year ago
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mrchrispy wrote:

That would be very hypnotic, the ped tunnel under the Tyne is bad enough...

Was gonna make a comment about Sky under the Tyne (rather than fog on it), but beaten to a mention of the tunnel already.

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nicholassmith [92 posts] 1 year ago
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Jeez, he wasn't quicker than the train? He'll never win the TdF with form like that.

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KiwiMike [1171 posts] 1 year ago
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You seriously expect us to believe no Eurotunnel staffer has ever done this before?

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bikemadjo [72 posts] 1 year ago
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i so want to do this now!

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JAndrewHill [1207 posts] 1 year ago
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Apparently the eurotunnel closed this morning. Reports that the driver swerved and derailed to avoid a cyclist in a black skinsuit have not been confirmed.  3

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JAndrewHill [1207 posts] 1 year ago
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Apparently the eurotunnel closed this morning. Reports that the driver swerved and derailed to avoid a cyclist in a black skinsuit have not been confirmed.  3

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Luminosity [76 posts] 1 year ago
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Wasn't Wiggo always faster doing time trials? Why would you use Froome to do this except to get his profile higher for the TdF?

Sooner Wiggo he finds another team that values him the better methinks.

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Simmo72 [595 posts] 1 year ago
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Apparently the Daily Mail and Express are shitting pork pies over the new danger of wave upon wave of illegal immigrants riding £8,000 time trial bikes down the tunnel to flood our shores. They have taken drastic action and employed the newly formed but highly effective New Forest Resident Anti Bike Association as guards which as we know are full of loads of little pricks.

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drfabulous0 [409 posts] 1 year ago
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Luminosity wrote:

Wasn't Wiggo always faster doing time trials? Why would you use Froome to do this except to get his profile higher for the TdF?

Well as mentioned above the ride looks mind numbingly boring, which suits Froome as he is mind numbingly boring himself.

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Distinctive Rob [5 posts] 1 year ago
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Genuinely thought for a moment that he'd draft the train... Aaaaand then remembered that's stupid and got back in my box of despair...

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David Portland [83 posts] 1 year ago
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Didn't MBUK ride through the Channel Tunnel shortly after it opened? Or possibly during construction? There was definitely a feature along those lines. Maybe they didn't go all the way across...

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yenrod [106 posts] 1 year ago
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This is interesting - couldnt quite beleive he actually did it....

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AWPeleton [3277 posts] 1 year ago
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mrchrispy wrote:

That would be very hypnotic, the ped tunnel under the Tyne is bad enough...

I bet it doesn't stink of p*** like the ped tunnel under the tyne  21

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banzicyclist2 [299 posts] 1 year ago
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It would be a novel thing to do as part of a TDF stage.

If I got the chance I'd be up for it boring and hypnotic or not.. it would be a once in a life time experience.

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Initialised [295 posts] 1 year ago
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stumps wrote:
mrchrispy wrote:

That would be very hypnotic, the ped tunnel under the Tyne is bad enough...

I bet it doesn't stink of p*** like the ped tunnel under the tyne  21

Pedestrian Tunnel?

You're doing it wrong:

http://vimeo.com/79725863

http://velocitystreetracing.com/

https://www.facebook.com/VelocityStreetRacing/photos_stream

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andyp [1444 posts] 1 year ago
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Car tunnels/pedestrian tunnels? You're doing it wrong. 5km-long disused rail tunnels are the way forward. Ideally with a pint at either end.