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Video: Why you shouldn't ride through big puddles - Polish cyclist gets a soaking

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.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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