We use Slack as our workplace communication tool at Pinkbike and we have a #randoms channel which we use to share an assortment of videos and stories from all corners of the cycling world on... We thought a couple of the moments from the past week were too good not to share with a wider audience, so here are some of the highlights.
World Tour Riders Battered by Hail
The Criterium du Dauphine is the traditional precursor to the Tour de France and, due to a truncated season, its field is stacked with the world's best riders this year. For road cycling fans, Primoz Roglic's Team Jumbo Vizma battering Chris Froome's Team Ineos into submission is the main story of the week but most riders were battling a different foe in yesterday's stage, the weather. Shortly after the lead group sprinted to the line, a hellish hail storm swept over the Chartreuse Mountains and a lot of the slower riders were bombarded by pellets of ice.
Some riders jumped into the woods at the side of the road for shelter but others toughed it out and ended the day covered in welts and sores as you can see from the photos taken of Tim DeClerq and Maxime Chevalier.
Mike 'Hucker' Clark's No Foot Take Off
Simon Cowell Breaks Back on 'e-bike'
Humanoid wart Simon Cowell made headlines this week, not for exploiting the dreams of a young singer this time, but for breaking his back on an e-bike. Or, at least, that is what was reported. CyclingTips looked a bit deeper into the issue
and discovered that Cowell wasn't on an eMTB as we would imagine, with around 250 watts of assistance and a speed limiter, but an e-motorbike capable of putting out 20 thousand
watts instead. In most countries, these would need to be licensed vehicles and certainly aren't the kind of things we'd expect to see on trails.
This didn't stop the press going to town on e-bikes for Cowell's injury, for example, ABC
claimed the incident "renews e-bike safety concerns" and USA Today asked "How safe are e-bikes
The UK Bicycle Association tried to quell the flames by issuing a statement that said, "The Bicycle Association, on behalf of the U.K. cycling industry, would stress that what are usually referred to as e-bikes for sale in U.K. cycle shops have almost nothing in common in technical or safety terms with the electric motorbike which was ridden by Simon Cowell. There is very little risk of any electric bike bought in the U.K. causing an unintentional wheelie.” But by that point, the genie was out of the bottle.
As CT's Iain Treloar brilliantly puts it, "e-bikes are recast not as a conduit to exercise, but as something to be feared, and those people that ride bikes are – even if just subconsciously – marginalised a little further.
Given bikes make people healthier, and people keep getting less healthy, that has the potential for far wider-ranging health ramifications than a reality TV star having a rough day. But then again, I guess this was only ever going to go in One Direction."
Jesse Melamed's Psychosis French Line
You can take the rider out of enduro, but you can't take the enduro out of the rider. We spotted this cheeky shortcut on Jesse Melamed's Psychosis run that lets him cut off a corner and keep plenty of speed going into a flatter section. Jesse says the line was pointed out to him by a local and although we're sure other riders took it, he is the only one that has posted a video of it. Some commenters in our article asked Jesse about it and he said, "I figure if I've seen it then a Frenchie has seen it, but that works more at the EWS". Our view? If it ain't taped off, anything goes.
A Lego Mountain Bike with a Working 4 Bar Suspension System
Nathan Williams 'Why Not?'
Paying for a BMX part will definitely be an alien concept for some, but edits take a lot of work to make and Nathan Williams wanted to do something special with this one. Filmed over 3 years and shot entirely in 4k, Williams wanted the freedom to create something truly progressive and that means going independent and hoping people would pay for the finished product. We've seen the full thing and can confirm it's absolute insanity.
More info, here
Hope's Space Age Track Bike for the Team GB Olympics Team