I was browsing yesterday when I found this video on the Charlie Bucket Cycles blog. It caught my eye because it features the Stelvio – the key climb in the Giro d’Italia which has just finished. It just made me smile.
And then with the magic of Youtube you are prompted by another link about going downhill. It is the most amazing sequence. Not just the extraordinary skill of perhaps the finest descender we have ever seen. But give credit to the motorcycle team who had to do this with a pillion rider on the bike and to the producer who at some moment decided just to let the sequence run – for almost the whole seven minutes.
If you regard yourself as disinterested in cycle racing – perhaps a pure cycle commuter – I suggest you watch this and imagine. At some time this chap is going to retire from racing. Can you see him riding to work in a traffic jam near you?