Here’s our latest round-up of cycling videos from around the world, featuring some cool lights from California and a remarkable cyclist who survived cancer twice, plus much more.
California-based company MonkeyLectric has a number of videos on YouTube featuring its lights, which attach to wheel spokes and feature artist-designed graphics, helping cyclists to be visible at night while injecting a bit of fun too. Here’s their latest clip.
James Golding & a week against the clock
James Golding’s story is remarkable. Diagnosed with a tumour in 2008, he went from 14 stone to 6 stone and was given a less than 5 per cent chance of survival.
Since then he has raised more than £1 million for charity, despite suffering horrific injuries when he was hit by a truck while cycling near New Orleans in 2010, and his cancer returning in 2011. He’s also become a father.
This beautifully shot film, called Distance Over Time, follows him as he attempts to break the seven-day cycling world record of 1,748 miles.
How to wash your bike
Here’s a video showing how to wash your bike like a pro – in just 4 minutes. The Diamondback Podium Equipe bike belongs to Canadian national champion Leah Kirchmann, and the guy doing the cleaning is her Optum Pro Cycling team mechanic, Bill McPherson. Oh, and one other thing about this clip – it was shot on Google Glass.
Tour de France takes a bug break
We need to apologise to you – clearly we missed the biggest story so far of the Tour de France. But luckily The Onion didn’t; here’s their report on the day the peloton trooped off to a creek to have a look at some bugs.
Warning: graphic bad driving
Finally, the inevitable bad driving video, and we need to warn you, it’s a very difficult one to watch. A Texas cyclist was clipped by the wing mirror of a pick-up truck being driven far too close to him, and suffered injuries including a broken scapula, five broken ribs, collapsed lung, and a gash to the head.
The driver didn’t stop, but luckily others did to help out the stricken cyclist, although it’s noticeable how a lot of traffic speeds past – including a huge truck at the end, very close to where the rider is lying.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.