YouTubular - 2011's most memorable cycling videos

As chosen by Vecchiojo

by VecchioJo   December 29, 2011  

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Here's my pick of the year's most memorable cycling videos out of all the ones that have been so efficiently distracting me from work during 2011. There was also that Russian erm… bike hire one, but they wouldn't let me include that because it is very much not work safe.

Anyway enjoy the selection and if you've got any suggestions for other vids feel free to comment them in below there's still a little time for some work distraction left in 2011 and a whole yearful left in 2012.

Tom Boonen at the Paris – Roubaix

A lovely piece of right place, right time footage from the Paris-Roubaix of Boonen sidelined by a mechanical in the Arenberg forest. A great roadside view of how bloody fast the Pros ride the cobbles, the chaos, how long it can take for help to arrive, and how calm Tommeke remains throughout the whole affair when others would have had a hissy-fit and thrown their bikes into the bushes.

 

The Hoogerland Crash

Okay, strictly not a cycling video but how many times have you watched it again and again on YouTube sucking air through your teeth?

 

 

Joey’s Okay

Sometimes a lifetime hero is made when a man triumphs over adversity, like Johnny Hoogerland above, sometimes a hero emerges for just a week when the whole world sees you make a klutz of yourself.

 

 

Camuting

2011 was definitely the year when the mini video camera came of age, with cyclists the world over strapping them to helmets and bikes to record their pedaling antics, whether that was to show fantastic travels, awesome tricks, or just the everyday horrors of cycling to work. Of the latter some would say using a headcam to record events is a good way of showing the challenges and murder attempts commuting cyclists have to endure and filmed evidence could be a useful tool in the event anything should go legal, others would say that those who strap a camera to their bikes are just augmenting their antagonistic tendencies.

And this is how it is in other countries, none of them are wearing helmets or hi-viz jackets, how are they not all dead? Oh yeah.

 

 

Giro Motorbike

Giro D’Italia 2011, Stage 14, Zoncolan, so steep a media motorbike burns its clutch out. Eccezionale!

 

Cyclist - 0, Antelope – 1.

You’ve probably seen this a few times, had the link clutter your inbox 57 times in three days and have since forgotten about it, but it warrants inclusion in any end-of-year round-up purely for its promiscuity, over 12 million views can’t be wrong. Maybe the beast was spooked by Fenton?

 

Brazilian Critical Mass

Shocking, disturbing viewing. The perp, a deranged banker was charged with multiple counts of attempted murder and was last reported to be being held in a secure psychiatric unit. Amazingly nobody was seriously hurt.

 

Hipster Fail

Included just for proper “You’ve Been Framed” belly laughs, and because he’s on a fixie. Extra comedy marks for the haircut…

Scream If You Want To Go Faster

The Director’s Cut of that Halfords advert, maybe.

 

Awang’s Splinter

Ow. Just Ow.

 

Rapha – Women’s

Epic swathes of quiet punctuated with breathing, wind and chain noise and a bit of pink. Hill. This is my cycling.

 

Ride Everything

A couple of videos showing that cyclo-cross doesn’t have to mean hurting round a field for an hour, it can be the fun way to work on a Cotic, or riding a whole bunch of inappropriate stuff on the wrong bike in Morvelo clothing. Cyclo-cross can be smiles.

Cotic X – Late For Work

Morvelo – Ride Everything

 

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Okay - have not watched any vids yet, but I just want to thank you for mentioning "There was also that Russian erm… bike hire one, but they wouldn't let me include that because it is very much not work safe."

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posted by koko56 [313 posts]
29th December 2011 - 17:34

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I've seen the one taken from the guy's head cam before and tbh he's a total twit. The taxi driver was on the money.

But enough about him.

Julie 'Rapha' Krasniak Wink

posted by iamelectron [103 posts]
29th December 2011 - 18:17

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OK, I know the brief was for road videos but felt I had to mention the following two with the first even having a meddling UCI official right at the end so that almost makes it an honourary road race:

1: The Valparaiso Cerro Abajo Race from March:

2: Danny Hart winning Worlds Downhill in Champery in September:

posted by nick_rearden [859 posts]
29th December 2011 - 18:33

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Simon Mason, Kingston upon Hull

posted by swldxer [34 posts]
29th December 2011 - 19:09

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ok so it's not road cycling, in fact it's questionable that it's even cycling at all but worth a watch all the same. If you're a real purist just think of it as someone doing very advanced trackstands.

http://youtu.be/PIje9hHSK2M

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posted by joemmo [779 posts]
29th December 2011 - 21:28

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Thanks for the best Friday night's viewing in an age!

Chiswick

posted by Chiswick [45 posts]
29th December 2011 - 21:55

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My favourite funnily enough was ITV4's closing credits for the TDF with music by ACDC. A reminder of just how much shock Johnny Hoogerland was in on the podium. And then to carry on.. Tommy V's trip into the mountain car port - and on the lighter side just how disappointing Contador's jab is. Climbers eh? No bicep strength.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OmPeSBedPk&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1031 posts]
29th December 2011 - 23:28

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i do love those end of TdF compilations, if someone put them all on a DVD i'd buy one Smile

Little Tommy's journey into the car-port almost made the list btw

posted by VecchioJo [740 posts]
29th December 2011 - 23:43

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iamelectron wrote:
I've seen the one taken from the guy's head cam before and tbh he's a total twit. The taxi driver was on the money.

Really? So you expect everyone to be cycling in the door zone and tight to the kerb in cycle lanes?

Not only was it the year of the helmet cam catching total twonks out with their driving, it was also the year of the AirZound horn Devil

I did like that Morvelo – Ride Everything video, but fear i may get into a bit of trouble pulling some of those moves on a commute Big Grin

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posted by Gkam84 [8699 posts]
30th December 2011 - 3:01

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Made this one partly to try out new cam, partly to try out Pinnacle, and partly to hassle the local MP about the state of the local roads. Whether or not he "oiled the wheels" at Wiltshire CC, the road displayed got resurfaced within 6 weeks of this.

Shame I wasn't wearing the camera when I really needed it (road-rage incident)

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posted by PeteH [159 posts]
30th December 2011 - 13:31

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iamelectron wrote:
I've seen the one taken from the guy's head cam before and tbh he's a total twit. The taxi driver was on the money.

The Taxi driver who forced him into the curb then threatened him with a maglight, or the Taxi driver who forced him to stop then got out and assaulted him?

You have a very strange view of the world.

posted by thereverent [297 posts]
30th December 2011 - 13:49

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Same as my daily commute, just got 28C tyres so that I have some feeling in my fingers by the time I star twork.

posted by mowatb [20 posts]
31st December 2011 - 10:49

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Same as my daily commute, just got 28C tyres so that I have some feeling in my fingers by the time I start work.

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31st December 2011 - 11:13

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