Lots of fatter tyred action this week, jumps, raw power, night riding, bike packing and a few crashes, with most of your road needs coming via anime, some Japanese cycling animation to watch with your post ride tea and crumpets.
The Short History of Cycling Anime
Cycling anime is a pretty niche genre, but it turns out there’s quite a lot of it. Here’s a bluffers guide to some of the Japanese animated films that feature bikes. Just don’t call them cartoons, ok.
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Russian rider Evgeny Kurnikov traveled to Krasnokamensk in the east of the country to play about on the trucks and tailings of the huge coal mines there. The town is best known as the site for Russia's largest uranium mine, which it looks like Evgeny chose to avoid.
Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme
Staying in Russia the Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme ultra-stage bicycle started in Moscow for its second edition and finished in Vladivostok 14 stages and 24 days later. At over 9,000km long it’s one of the longest races in the world so you can expect a lot to happen, as you can see in this video.
Not Far From Home with Erkki Punttila
Here’s Finnish rider Erkki Punttila setting off for an adventure on his steel singlespeed Kona Unit. Erkki straps his bikepacking kit to the Unit, loaded up his old fishing boat, Sitikka, (as you do) and pedals off into the night for a micro-adventure. Steel bike - tick, singlespeed - tick, beard – tick, making coffee – tick. That’s Bikepacking Bingo.
Recently ‘retired’ cyclo-cross legend Sven Nys turned up at the Singlespeed Cyclocross World Champs in Portland. Trying to keep his appearance a secret the two-time cyclocross world champion registered under his American pseudonym of Stan Nice. Here he is showing eventual winner (and no slouch) Adam Craig how to ride the mud like a Pro.
Deluxe: Martini Racing
Deluxe Cycles in Brooklyn, New York have come up with a project that celebrates the key principles of rally and bicycle racing, recognizing and paying homage to the similarities between the two in the engineering, design, athleticism, competition, and a team to pull it all off. Inspired by the iconic Martini livery there’s a collection of race and casual clothing, caps, bottles and a seriously limited run of four Affinity Anthem framesets.
Chrome Industries - A Time For Reflection NYC
Messenger bag, cycling apparel and footwear manufacturer Chrome Industries brought together some members of what they call their Familia (sponsored riders, ambassadors and testers to you and me) and went for a pootle around the streets of NYC. If you look closely you might be able to spot some of their product.
Pump Battle World champs
After Pump Battle stops in London, Berlin, Riva del Garda, Willingen and Arnhem it was time for the big finale of the Pump Battle Worlds in the Netherlands. Over 80 BMX and MTB riders fought it out on the mini indoor pump-track to the soundtrack of Euro dance tunes. Looks fun, crashy fun.
Darren Berrecloth by Supermoon
Professional freeride mountain bike rider Darren Berrecloth takes advantage of the Supermoon to ride the King Kong MTB Trail at night*, something that looks tricky enough in the daytime.
*He also has some ridiculously bright lights to help.
Trippy spiral of doom
Here’s a Strava flyby of the spiral at the Scottish National Cyclo-cross Championships. And you thought being inside it was confusing.
Over the ‘cross bars
Look mum I’m in the lead. Yeah. No. Yeah.
Here’s another doing quite well until it went quite bad. Here’s a rider in the top three of a beach race getting it badly wrong riding over a groyne and then having the rest of the field ride over him.
On that note, have a good weekend on your bike, whatever wheel size, try not to crash eh?
I can think of a few on here, particularly the bit where cyclists should wear helmets.
I think you'll find someone in security or HR either knows this driver, or is particularly hateful towards cyclists.
You've never seen me stuck behind a phone zombie pedestian then. Without alcohol.
But going by his logic mandatory cycle helmets would mean mandatory drivist helmets, and for passengers and indeed for pedestrians.
Leaving the scene, abandoning the car and removing the plates provides an insight into a mindset intent on avoiding consequences- in stark contrast...
Honestly, the hubs were identical, doubt they are DT swiss, more likely be budget far east generic hubs, and nothing wrong with that, have stripped...
Please take more care.. Fuck that, I'd be following that driver in my car, waiting for the moment I could give him as much care. He drove away and...
Could be the other way round, feeding power from a battery to the hub for a Classified competitor. How about an Alfine derived 12x7 Di2 setup?
"and on its website earlier this week was advertising sales and deals with up to 80 percent off bikes and kit."...