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 and beyond... 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.
Exposed by a Strava KOM: The many lives of a fake pro cyclist
With more twists than an M. Night Shyamalan movie the incredible story of a fake pro cyclist by Iain Treloar on CyclingTips is a must-read this week, it may take a while to get through but it's worth every second.
"Australian cyclist Nick Clark built a loyal following at his Virginia bike shop, based in part on his national and international results and a lengthy professional career. There was just one problem: none of it was true.
This is the strange tale of the unravelling of a years-long deception – the ‘Catch Me If You Can’-like story of a man with a claimed past as a pro cyclist, a soldier, a CEO, a lawyer, an author, an academic, a hostage responder, and a weapons instructor.
These are the many lives of Nick Clark."
You can read the full story here
BMC x Red Bull Claims its Prototype is the 'World's Fastest Bike'
BMC has collaborated with Red Bull Advanced Technologies to create what it claims to be the 'World's Fastest Race Bike'. To create the bike BMC's Swiss R&D lab worked with Red Bull's Advanced Technologies division for four years with the use of an advanced aerodynamic simulation that was originally developed for Formula One. The Time Trial bike is set to have its first competition debut this weekend ar the Ironman world championships although it won't be seeing much competition in its future as currently it is not UCI legal.
If you're going to cheat at least be subtle
Anyone who follows road cycling may have seen riders getting a little bit of extra momentum when they grab a bottle from the team car, but Burgos BH's Daniel Navarro pushed the envelope slightly further as he was towed uphill right in front of a camera on the final stage of the Vuelta a Asturias.
Unicycle one-hour world record
Simon Jan du Voyage takes on a Unicycling World Record and sets the new longest distance completed in an hour of 33.365km.
What happens if you put a giant propeller on a bike?
Double the engagement points in a Hope hub
Turning a leaf blower into a jet engineLast week's Slack Randoms
had a custom jet bicycle and now we have a bicycle mounted jet made from a leaf blower.
Creating a mountainside kaleidoscope
1 Million FPS
If you haven't already then go and watch 9 Value Bikes Hucked to Flat in Ultra Slo-Mo
from our latest Field Test. We used a Phantom camera to shoot the bikes at just 1,000 frames-per-second, imagine the flex we could capture at one million.
The Climate Game
While you're waiting for the second round of the XC World Cup to kick off in Albstadt this weekend the Financial Times has created an interesting game you can play here
that tasks you with trying to reach net-zero by 2050. The game was created using published scientific research and bespoke modelling by the International Energy Agency for the Financial Times.