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Now that road bikes are becoming versatile again:
 

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dddd
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
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Location: NorCal

8/6/17 1:03 AM

Now that road bikes are becoming versatile again:

https://www.pinkbike.com/news/szymon-godziek-backflips-the-tour-de-france-on-a-road-bike-video.html

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
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Location: Portland, OR

8/6/17 10:52 AM

Camera views well planned out. ;) The helmet CAM shot from above was a nice touch I thought.

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Craig
Joined: 12 Jan 2004
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8/7/17 1:46 AM

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/16/sports/clif-bar-drops-sponsorship-of-5-climbers-citing-risks-they-take.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kX_hn3Xf90g

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/features/why-are-so-many-base-jumpers-dying/

At some point we need to stop celebrating and sponsoring such stupid shit. IMHO.

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
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Location: Nashua, NH

8/7/17 5:17 AM

I'm glad you said that...

...as that was my initial reaction. I see this stuff and it completely turns me off toward the product sponsoring the stunt. These companies - Red Bull in particular - don't seem to give a damn about the safety of athletes, they just want bigger and stupider stunts. It's time that some of them - like Red Bull - get sued out of existence for encouraging reckless behavior. Kudos to Cliff Bar for recognizing that there has to a be a limit to the risks you can put your brand on. At least they show a semblance of a conscience.

There's a saying in the climbing community: "There are old climbers and there are bold climbers, but there are no old, bold climbers."

That said, the jump over the peloton was neither anything new (it's been done at other races) or particularly crazy in the overall scheme of things.

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PLee
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
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Location: Brooklyn, NY

8/7/17 7:51 AM

I hope they told the peloton in advance about this stunt. I can imagine a distracted racer causing a pile up.

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April
Joined: 13 Dec 2003
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Location: Westchester/NYC

8/7/17 9:09 AM

Those guys are probably used to all kind of distractions.

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
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Location: Nashua, NH

8/7/17 2:32 PM

Uh...yeah, like this in the same race

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yk4AvWy0pb8

They seemed to handle it reasonably well.

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Sparky
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8/7/17 5:02 PM

Didn't you know, the pony thought it was 'Run With The Dopers Day'. Just hadda...

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April
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8/7/17 5:36 PM

That's hilarious!

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dddd
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Location: NorCal

8/8/17 12:48 AM

"I hope they told the peloton in advance about this stunt. I can imagine a distracted racer causing a pile up."

With that massive ramp on both sides of the road, it's hard for me to imagine that there wasn't a discussion ahead of time between local authorities and the event's coordinators.

This stunt took a lot of practice to pull off, and the rider literally stuck the landing on a road bike, not a gravel bike or CX bike. Unbelievable. Stunts like this are usually extensively practiced for using a foam pit, into which the rider practices their trajectory and landing.

I have yet to hear of riders mimicking their Red Bull idols by somersaulting to their deaths, but there will always be a few I suppose.

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April
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8/8/17 4:56 AM

Not sure about summersaulted to their death, but definitely to their wheelchair!

Even the best can make mistakes.

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PLee
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Location: Brooklyn, NY

8/8/17 2:49 PM

That pony caused a bit of a split in the peloton! LOL!

And that one rider at the end seemed to know what he was doing in guiding the pony into a side street. Well done!

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