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The falcon cocks its head; it has sensed the prey.

Gee Atherton, one of the fastest downhill riders in the world has velcroed bait to his backpack and all bets are off. Will he manage to negotiate the twisting trail to the bottom before the bird can snatch its reward, or is this Perigrine simply too sharpwitted?

Shot in the unforgiving but beautiful Antur Stiniog in North Wales, if you're not moved by this display of prowess by both man and beast, you're tougher than us.

Oh and here's how it looked from the bird's perspective:

 

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.

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Super Domestique [1605 posts] 3 years ago
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Stunning.

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farrell [1950 posts] 3 years ago
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Don't bother watching the second video, it really isn't the "Birdcam" it's just the first video with about 10 seconds of footage from the birds view.

Disappointing really.

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Sarah Barth [86 posts] 3 years ago
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To be fair it's so wobbly (no tripods on birds...) that you'd probably be sick if you saw much more of it.

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fatbeggaronabike [813 posts] 3 years ago
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wow

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Super Domestique [1605 posts] 3 years ago
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Anybody here ridden there?

Looks great fun.

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PhilRuss [388 posts] 3 years ago
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[[[[[ I see a cheap Red Bull commercial....
P.R.

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dullard [140 posts] 3 years ago
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Would've been more interesting with something a bit more threatening. A Pterosaur, say.

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markyboy007 [22 posts] 3 years ago
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I rode there about 6 weeks ago in the freezing cold and wet, horizontal rain stinging the face. I rode the blue and the red, the blue was ok-ish with the red stunning. It was too windy to ride the blacks because as soon as you left the ground you'd be blown off course and you cannot ride those slowly.

I'm going back up in the Autumn though, I have unfinished [black run] business...