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No brakes, no fear... this takes some guts

If you think Cancellara has got some skills when the road points down, have a gander at this video of professional downhill skateboarders Byron Essert and Alex Tongue ripping up an Alpine descent. Anyone recognise it?

With no brakes to slow them down the only way to scrub off speed is to get sideways and use the friction of the wheels to slow their descent. It's amazing stuff, and we reckon there was some prize expressions on the faces of the riders they passed on the way down. Byron and Alex were staying at a hotel on the climb itself, and the dash across the car park to get to the hotel – at what, 50mph? – is properly scary stuff.

Anyway, enjoy. If you can watch...

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kitkat [312 posts] 1 year ago
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Awesome! In the 80s Powell Peralta videos used to have some downhill action and also weaving in and out of cones very quickly, them were good times.

From my days on 4 wheels a stone had an unfortunate breaking effect on your forward progress so that road would have to be very clean otherwise major wipe out.

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Ratfink [66 posts] 1 year ago
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I presume the camera man was on a skateboard too?

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Binky [116 posts] 1 year ago
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Spend over a grand on a bike a get over taken by skateboarders  21 21

Looks like they had a really good time, would like to see a race between a cyclist and a skateboarder.

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portec [116 posts] 1 year ago
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A bit optimistic saying "skateboarders racing cyclists". The cyclists looked to be freewheeling slowly and not in any hurry. Still, a good video and I'll bet the cyclists were surprised to be overtaken by skateboarders.

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antonio [1102 posts] 1 year ago
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'Looks like they had a really good time, would like to see a race between a cyclist and a skateboarder' Yeah me too, the uphill bits would be interesting as well!

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aslongasicycle [380 posts] 1 year ago
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I laugh out loud every time I watch this. Superb. Pure joy.

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Matt eaton [733 posts] 1 year ago
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Kinda reckless, but kinda cool.

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Beaufort [270 posts] 1 year ago
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Huge talent, truly spectacular. The young have no imagination at all.

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russwparkin [45 posts] 1 year ago
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talent, balls,no scrap that fucking massive balls!

best video i have ever seen on the internet

im gobsmacked!

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Daveyraveygravey [365 posts] 1 year ago
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Very impressive but the bikes weren't trying. Maybe it was a skateboard sportive ;-):-o:-P

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Flying Heron [54 posts] 1 year ago
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As an ex skateboarder and now a roadie, I can tell you these fella's have it down. It may look reckless but they are in full control of their speed. Great video!

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paddyirish [41 posts] 1 year ago
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Fantastic- remember this guy?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXWK8FE5kuw

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Flying Heron [54 posts] 1 year ago
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As an ex skateboarder and now a roadie, I can tell you these fella's have it down. It may look reckless but they are in full control of their speed. Great video!

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fukawitribe [1429 posts] 1 year ago
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paddyirish wrote:

Fantastic- remember this guy?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXWK8FE5kuw

Blimey, that's a new one for me - how much fun does THAT look ?

Cheers for the link !

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don simon [717 posts] 1 year ago
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Niiiiiiiiiiiice.

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banzicyclist2 [299 posts] 1 year ago
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Very impressive, what thrill all or nothing just how it should be
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oozaveared [933 posts] 1 year ago
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Beaufort wrote:

Huge talent, truly spectacular. The young have no imagination at all.

I love that comment
I was really stupid as a kid. Bikea skateboards jumpunf off the pier, off bridges. When my son was 7 I took him skiing. I was giving him the chat about turbs and speed and he just went for it. . Straight down the mountain. Flat out. I couldn't catch him. We got to the bottom of the run. My adrenaline was through the roof. He couldn't see the problem. No trees to hit at 40+ mph. No sides of the piste to fall off. Just simple fun. Saw no danger. Had no fear. No f**king imagination whatsoever.

That's what dad's are for.

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Colin Peyresourde [1636 posts] 1 year ago
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Yeah. They weren't cycling. I didn't see any pedal action. I don't really understand that though.....

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chokofingrz [404 posts] 1 year ago
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I can't believe their wheels aren't ground down to nubs with all those "handbrake turns"!

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IanW1968 [251 posts] 1 year ago
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Skillz!

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Konstantine [33 posts] 1 year ago
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At times of feeling motivationally compromised, in breach of Rule #5, I google "people are awesome and red bull" and awe....

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barbarus [201 posts] 1 year ago
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Wheels do get worn down pretty quickly actually. My younger boy is into this, not quite at this level, although he did win the u18s comp at the Redbridge cycle centre. Interestingly there is a real culture of "wear your helmet" in long boarding.

Look up "Liam Morgan raw run" if you have 2 mins to spare and enjoyed this...

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Must be Mad [487 posts] 1 year ago
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I presume the camera man was on a skateboard too?

I don't think so.. if you look at the way the skateboarders were moving their position about to turn and slow down, the picture is too steady to be held by a skateboarder - my money is on the camera being fixed to a bike.

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notfastenough [3661 posts] 1 year ago
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paddyirish wrote:

Fantastic- remember this guy?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXWK8FE5kuw

Oh my god it's like ironman with added wheels. Love how he tucks his arms back to go 'full aero'. I'd like to what the other road users said to each other after that passed!

Thanks for sharing!

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therevokid [911 posts] 1 year ago
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I mastered the "Scandinavian flick" years ago on 4 wheels,
but these guys take the biscuit ... completely sideways .... !!!!!

chapeau  1

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matthewn5 [639 posts] 1 year ago
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My nephew does this, down some very steep roads indeed, flat out. He came off last year coming down a hill and hit a roadside sign at maybe 50mph. His knee was almost completely severed, only one tendon remaining. After nearly a year of reconstruction surgery, he's still into it but also gone back to higher education and is growing up fast!