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Videos: Stannard and Swift deliver Team Sky's pedal-powered Christmas message

British riders power 5,000 fairy lights to spell out seasonal greeting

Team Sky’s Ben Swift and Ian Stannard have helped deliver a pedal-powered Christmas message on behalf of the British WorldTour outfit – cycling as hard as they can to power more than 5,000 fairy lights attached to frames and other bits of kit that spell out a festive greeting.

The results are shown in the video below, and it’s clear there’s a lot of thought went into the smooth execution – though given who their headline sponsor is, you’d expect it to be a slick piece of work.

There’s also a separate video showing how they did it.

The team are on a training camp on Mallorca, where they also enjoyed their Christmas dinner, with the festivities shown in this video – including Sir Dave Brailsford dressed as Santa Claus, no doubt pondering which marginal gains could be brought to a team of reindeer pulling a sleigh.

Geraint Thomas starred in last year’s Christmas video from Team Sky, the versatile Welsh rider adding another skill to his already impressive repertoire.


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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