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Video: In Search of the Holy Gravel - cycling goes all Monty Python

Silliness in the Pyrenees from Josh Ibbett and Hamish Paine

Here’s some silliness for a Monday lunchtime – a video that gives a cycling take on a classic Monty Python, renamed In Search of the Holy Gravel.

The film features Hunt Bike Wheels ambassador Hamish Paine and brand manager Josh Ibbett (winner of this year’s Transcontinental race).

Q&A: Transcontinental rider Josh Ibbett

Shot in the Pyrenees, it also has a cameo appearance by cycling photographer Camille McMillan.

See how many references to the original movie you can find.

The Search for the Holy Gravel from Hamish Paine on Vimeo.


Earlier this year, Paine and Ibbett rode from Calais to Eurobike in from Calais to Friedrichshafen in southern Germany as shown in the video below – there’s also an account of their trip here.


Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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