We’ve shared some weird and wonderful videos with you on road.cc this year and as we near the end of 2014, here’s our round-up of 10 of the most watched, and most talked about.
There’s everything from a very wacky race to some astonishing near misses and – in top spot – some top-notch riding that you shouldn’t attempt at home (or, more to the point, on your local dual carriageway).
Here’s the countdown in reverse order. Enjoy.
When Danny MacAskill endorses a pair of riders for their skills on their bikes, it’s worth taking notice – all the more so when those cyclists are just four years old.
The Scot described Jake and Theo Riddle’s bike handling as “amazing” – and we have to agree with his opinion as they run through their tricks in this video, shot by their father Sam.
One unfortunate bike rider in Poland gave a masterclass in August in exactly why you shouldn’t ride through a puddle unless you know what lies in wait underneath.
In this case, we’re guessing it was a particularly big pothole that brought him to a sudden stop followed by a soaking as he went over the handlebars.
A pair of cyclists out for a Sunday morning ride in Sussex got a surprise when they stumbled across an illegal rave on the Devil’s Dyke – as though the 1990s never ended.
The experience was described as “just plain surreal” by Tim Fry, who posted the footage to YouTube, while his riding companion described it in rather blunter terms on the video.
The first of two videos from Brazil making Top 10 list, and no matter how many times we watch it, we’re still scratching our heads in disbelief. As a truck passes a cyclist, part of its load falls and strikes him from behind.
As luck would have it, the item in question is a mattress, and the cyclist happily lands safely on top of it. He’s pipped to the title of the year’s luckiest cyclist, however, by the lad in the next one …
An inch or two either way, and this incident – in which, incredibly, no-one was hurt, apparently – would have had a very different outcome.
A cyclist is riding slowly across a zebra crossing on a crossroads when a truck, the driver seemingly ignoring a give way sign, ploughs into a car – both vehicles somehow missing the bike rider.
Europcar’s Thomas Voeckler had a pretty torrid time going through Dutch Corner in the Tour de France the day he lost the race leader’s yellow jersey in 2011 with just two more stages to go.
This year’s Tour saw the gurning grimpeur get more stick from his friends from le Pays-Bas – what they probably didn’t expect was he would get off his bike and dish it back. Formidable.
With panto season in full swing, here’s a topical one from Reading, posted to YouTube at the end of last month and swiftly establishing itself as a crowd favourite among road.cc’s audience.
A police officer stops a cyclist for riding, quite legally in this case, through a pedestrian zone – cue some unscripted “Oh no you can’t,” “Oh yes I can” style dialogue from the pair.
Despite his fall from grace more than two years ago now, Lance Armstrong is seldom out of the headlines, and he featured in one of more bizarre videos this year, turning bike mechanic to show us how to replace an inner tube.
The clip, filmed for Outdoor magazine, proves the Texan still has drawing power – ironically Lance's vid isn't compatible with any of the other here (no really) so you'll have to click the link to see it. Ably filling the slot here is the response to it from Greg LeMond, now reinstalled as the winningnest American in Tour de France history.
We stumbled across this video of the bizarre Marymoor Crawl track race from the United States, and decided it needed sharing with a wider audience – among them, FACE Partnership, who organise the Revolution Series, and have included the race in this winter’s programme.
The rules are simple – while waiting for the start, riders cannot put a foot on down, grab a handrail, or ouch another rider. Then, when the race starts, it’s hell for leather for one lap of the track. Delightfully bonkers.
By a long way the most popular video story we posted during 2014 was this one from Brazil. Evandro Portelo attached a Go Pro camera to the back of a truck, as you do. While it was moving.
He then drafted it at 124 kilometres an hour, evidently having a whale of a time while doing so, before retrieving the camera. While it was moving rather more quickly than before. Quite simply awesome.
So those were the maddest, quirkiest, and craziest videos of the year and here's one that's arguably the best – if people doing improbable things with bikes is your thing, and we're guessing it probably is.
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.