"A skill every self respecting cyclist should have," says Juliana Buhring...

As one of the world’s top ultracyclists you’d expect Kristof Allegaert to be resourceful. And as a Belgian you’d expect him to know a thing or two about beer.

So here he is showing his skills in opening a bottle of beer with the help of the cleat on the bottom of his cycling shoe.

After all, in a self-supported sport where it’s essential to keep weight to the bare minimum, it’s worth having some items of kit that are multifunctional.

The trick was a new one on Juliana Buhring, who posted a video of Allegaert’s bottle-opening technique to Facebook.

The pair both competed in last month’s Indian Wheel Pacific Race, during which their friend Mike Hall – founder of the Transcontinental race, which has been won by Allegaert three times – was killed.

> Juliana Buhring remembers her "mentor, spirit and friend," Mike Hall

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.