World champion Peter Sagan has a habit of coming up with videos that should be filed under “don’t try this at home,” and his latest is no exception as he changes, mid-ride, from sitting astride his bike to what is, in effect, a side-saddle position more commonly adopted by some female equestrians.
Have a nice week and ride your bike! Pekný týždeň všetkým a nezabudnite bicyklovať! pic.twitter.com/qYPzDjCgp2
— Peter Sagan (@petosagan) November 7, 2016
It’s a great bit of bike handling from the 26-year-old Slovak, and culminates in him sitting on the top tube of his bike in a pose more often associated with a woman riding a horse side-saddle.
The style of riding has been traced back to the ancient world then became popular among the aristocracy in the middle ages when Anne of Bohemia devised a saddle she could ride on while travelling to England in 1281 ahead of her wedding to Richard II.
The saddle design evolved over the centuries – Catherine de Medici is said to have helped develop it in the Sixteenth Century – and more recently Queen Elizabeth II rode side-saddle at Trooping the Colour for more than three decades, the last time being in 1986 after which she switched to a carriage.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.