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Film featuring six-time Olympic champion promotes Longest Lap at Revolution Series

A couple of London bicycle commuters trackstanding at traffic lights got the surprise of their lives when they found themselves in a race with six time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy.

The stunt was arranged to promote the Revolution Series, which comes to Lee Valley VeloPark this weekend and which includes the Longest Lap race in which riders have to hold a trackstand until they are giving the order to go.

- Video: Longest Lap race causes controversy at latest round of Revolution Series
 

“I can’t believe what just happened at the lights there, “reflected one of the cyclists afterwards. “Smoked by Chris Hoy.”

Head here for information, including how to buy tickets, for this weekend’s Revolution Series and for the remaining rounds in Glasgow and Manchester.

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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bikebot [2119 posts] 1 year ago
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As shown, it looks a little staged.  I'm sure those are real commuters, but I bet they went and found a few volunteers that morning rather than just pranking them at the lights.  I've never seen more than one or two people trying to trackstand at once in London.

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Dicklexic [70 posts] 1 year ago
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And none of them tried to run the red lights either! 

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kevvjj [249 posts] 1 year ago
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Dicklexic wrote:

And none of them tried to run the red lights either! 

and all of them wearing helmets...

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Gkam84 [9104 posts] 1 year ago
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I would say it was all staged, but I would hope the guy at the end wasn't staged, "muppets doing track stands" 

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james-o [238 posts] 1 year ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

I would say it was all staged, 

Probably not, seen him doing the same thing at the lights in Taiwan during factory visits, then using the quickest scooters as a daft or derny bike. 

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Colin Peyresourde [1818 posts] 1 year ago
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Too staged. If there was a bike box there then you could accept that bikes would congregate there, but it's just a pedestrian crossing.

I can only imagine the loathing and self-hatred the hired crowd of cheerers must have after that.

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balmybaldwin [199 posts] 1 year ago
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Didn't the box van run a red light there?

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hampstead_bandit [614 posts] 1 year ago
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let's say anyone who has spent any of their time working in the bike industry in London will recognise the faces of these "commuters" doing the track stands  3

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Docroddy [32 posts] 1 year ago
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Aah, Brewdog. Takes me back!

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Docroddy [32 posts] 1 year ago
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Aah, Brewdog. Takes me back!