Sometimes in bike racing it's necessary to change bike, whether it's for a mechanical reason or other. In the junior world road race last weekend Quentin Jauregui required a bike change. And he did so in the blink of an eye.
Changing a bike during a race sounds easy enough.However with the peloton hurtling along at 50kph+, stopping, getting off and onto the new bike and back up to speed is going to see you ejected out the back of the group faster than you can say sacré bleu!
Employing a 'cross-style change of bikes allowed the young lad to change bikes literally in the blink of an eye. It's astonishingly quick – we've watched it a dozen times already and can't get our heads around how he managed to run that fast on cleats. And not land on his arse. This isn't one to try at home kids.
Quentin eventually finished 46th.
This isn't the first time we've seen an electric bike change caught on camera. Fabian Cancellara elected to swap bikes during the Tour of Flanders in 2010, and the video went viral on the internet. He went on to win the race.
David worked on the road.cc tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes.