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Rider thrown over handlebars after attempting to ride through water

As you may have noticed, there is an awful lot of water around at the moment, and not just in Britain – Poland seems to have had some recent downpours too judging by the size of the puddles in this video, filmed earlier this month.

What follows is a cautionary tale in why you really shouldn’t ride through water if you don’t know what is underneath the surface – in this case, we’re guessing, a large pothole that brings a cyclist to a shuddering halt as he passes queueing traffic.

The result? He's thrown over the handlebars and sufers a good soaking, although from his reaction afterwards hopefully nothing more than his pride was hurt.

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.

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Username [179 posts] 1 year ago
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I thought the potholes around here are bad.  13

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jarredscycling [456 posts] 1 year ago
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Ouch!!!

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jarredscycling [456 posts] 1 year ago
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Ouch!!!

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tourdelound [157 posts] 1 year ago
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Whoops!  21

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Colin Peyresourde [1724 posts] 1 year ago
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Although you can hear sound, no chuckling from the driver. Must have been a pro.