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Video: Kristof Allegaert cracks open a beer - with the cleat on his shoe

"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

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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