Video posted to Facebook shows young cyclists in France enjoying a spin around what might just be the smallest ‘velodrome’ we’e ever seen.
The footage was posted to the social network by Dijon-based youth cycling club Pôle Espoir Cyclisme Bourgogne.
It shows a couple of its members riding round and round what seems to be an ornamental feature perhaps 20 feet in diameter in a public park.
One of the lads riding round it compares it to the ‘Wall of Death’ ridden by motorcyclists at carnivals in the USA and elsewhere, saying: “The Zavatta Circus, at the Pôle Espoir Bourgogne, it’s tonight!”
The two young guys on road bikes seemed to have a bit more ability keeping upright than some of their BMX-riding companions at the club, however.
Four of those took to the makeshift track, but their riding ground to a halt when one fell off.
Here’s both the videos – track purists will be pleased to note that the cyclists are all riding anti-clockwise.
And of course, when we ask whether it's the world's smallest 'velodrome' we mean one you can actually ride on - rather than the model version produced by Scalextric ahead of the London 2012 Olympics.
Les bmxers élèvent le niveau d'un cran !!!!! 4 d'un coup !En même temps le cirque ça les connaît !!!
Posted by Pôle Espoir Cyclisme Bourgogne on Wednesday, 30 September 2015
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