Theatre Thursday: Decent Descent


Even if you haven’t ridden a long, snaking descent, you’ll know from watching the Tour de France and other races on TV that nothing is quicker going down one than a decent rider on a bicycle – remember Vincenzo Nibali’s winning attack in Il Lombardia last year when he zoomed past a couple of motos?

This video from Colombia shows the awkward moment when a pair of motorcyclists out on their bikes on a road near the capital Bogota were overtaken by a cyclist who’s clearly nailed his descending skills.

The biker in front is having none of it, though and gets back in front of the cyclist – not with the intention of giving him a tow, by the look of it – with the rider sensibly dropping back and expresses frustration to the other motorcyclist about his friend’s actions.

Of course, we couldn’t mention a descent in South America without flagging up one of our all-time favourite videos – the Brazilian rider who drafted a lorry … at 124kph.

Who is fastest at foiling – and who is cheapest?

Love this – finding out who is quickest on the racecourse – these boats fly literally – would love to see the gps data …..

The long-awaited sequel to the ultimate sailing showdown. Watch the battle between a hydrofoil kitesurfer, Moth, Nacra F20 FCS and Marstrom 32 as they battle for short course supremacy.

Kite – Zack Marks
Moth – Jonny Goldsberry
Nacra – John Casey & Colin Page
M32 – Team Bronco

Music: “Still With Me – Seven Lions Remix” – Tritonal feat. Cristina Soto

Special Thanks to Miami Yacht Club, Team Bronco, and Conor Smith for donating time and equipment to make this race possible!

Filmed with a GoPro Hero 4 and Panasonic Lumix GH4
Aerial Images filmed with a 3D Robotics Iris

Cycling and the wind – there is a cure

Don’t Go – this weekend the forecast was pretty mean and the cyclists I spoke to afterwards had scary tails – from the front 3 in a group being blown sideways in the road narrowly missing a car to a solo friends 30km battle into the 40know headwind ….

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I went kitesurfing instead and had a whale of a time. sure it is winter and cold and i hate kitesurfing in full gimp kit (hoodie gloves and boots as well) and after 1 hour you have to take a break but still what a great day

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what is interesting is putting the details into veloviewer and analysing speed there in the data sections – most of my time is spent in the 28kmh-30kmh (16knots in old nautical money) zone which when you work out that involves jumping and riding waves is pretty fast. and a good low cardio fat burn heart rate of 120-130bpm

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Zones in the veloviewer website

Simple tricks to increasing speed by 20% off-road

“Learn how to mountain bike faster in minutes by maximising your momentum with this one simple tip. The gains you get will surprise!”

MENTAL mentaaaaalllll Monday Madness

This video might not be new but it is New to me …. can’t believe the madness – if it was me and it wouldn’t be I would definitely have some padding (maybe bike leather and a helmet) – this guy a pro by all accounts but what skill and mighty mighty Cojones. Sense of skill comes when he casually plucks the balanced GoPro back from the truck at 70kmh one handed.


This rider from Brazil who last month clocked up an astonishing 124 kilometres an hour while drafting a lorry – and all filmed on a Go Pro camera that he attached to the back of the truck and retrieved after hitting that top speed.

To begin with, it’s just a couple of guys riding behind a truck as they pick up speed, but things get interesting at around about the halfway point when the road heads downhill, including some bunny hops at more than 100kph – and they’re having an awful lot of fun, too.

The video’s description on YouTube doesn’t give too much away, but it does pin the language down to Portuguese.

The sponsor of one of the rider’s kits, ATP Gráfica Editora, is a graphic design business in the city of Curitiba, in southern Brazil, and a little bit of detective work led us to the Facebook page of the cyclist who took the video, Evandro Portela.

In response to comments about his apparent lack of regard for his own safety, one of his friends says: “It’s not for everyone … I’ve known Evandro Portela for a long time and I’ve never seen anyone ride a bike like this guy.

“As they say in all the extreme sports TV shows, “Don’t try this at home” … So if you’re risk conscious and value your safety, leave it to those who developed the technique. He knows the risks he’s taking.

“Enjoy the video and put the criticism to one side because each of them knows what he’s doing.”

At 77 miles an hour, the speed Portela set is some way short of the 112mph that Guy Martin achieved last year in a programme for Channel 4.

Unlike Portela, who was riding a Wilier road bike, Martin set his speed on a bike built for the purpose, the lorry had a massive fairing attached to the rear of the cab, and the Isle of Man TT star was wearing motorcycle leathers, not Lycra.

Hour Records 2: How fast can a brompton go

from Telegraph Active


An hour is a mythical measure of time in cycling circles.

Legends of the sport from Eddy Merckx through to Francesco Moser and Miguel Indurain have all cemented their legacies by setting new recordsfor distance travelled after an hour’s ride in the velodrome. It’s a notoriously grisly pursuit: Merckx, who was known in the peloton as the ‘Cannibal’, described his record of 49.431km set at altitude in 1972 as “the hardest ride I have ever done”.

British riders Chris Boardman and Graeme Obree also played an important role in establishing the myth of the hour test in cycling. Obree, whose exploits were immortalised in the film the Flying Scotsman, famously used a bike welded together from washing machine parts and a radical tucked body position to set his hour records, while Boardman set three different history-making times during his career.

The current record, held by Czech cyclist Ondřej Sosenka, stands at 49.700km (just over 30 miles). For most serious club cyclists, however, riding 25 miles in under an hour is deemed to be a rite of passage.

Folded glory: the Brompton can be taken on public transport

I have been fortunate to race almost every type of bicycle, from dual-suspension mountain bikes to specialist aerodynamic track bikes and time trial low-pros, but, before last week, I had never swung a leg over a Brompton. So what better test than Telegraph Men’s 17-mile circuit around Box Hill. Could I complete this circuit in Surrey Hills in under an hour?

To make the challenge a little easier I replaced the standard Bromtpon pedals with my normal clipless pair, but that did little to lighten the bike’s hefty 12.5kg load.

However, I was immediately surprised by the speed and stability of the Brompton, helped by the design’s low centre of gravity and small 16-inch wheels. Unexpectedly, the bike also felt aerodynamic. The upright handlebars allowed me to adopt an Obree-style tuck position and fly along on Surrey’s undulating roads.

The real test for the Brompton came on the ascent of Box Hill. Despite its weight and limited selection of gears, I was impressed by the frame’s overall responsiveness. The trick to riding a Brompton on longer rides is to maintain a smooth and high cadence pedalling stroke. Slow down and you will waste energy getting the bike back up to top speed.

Although the ride had me chewing the Brompton’s handlebars, I managed to complete the Box Hill circuit in a time of 59.58, proving that you don’t need the latest carbon fibre gadgetry to ride at a reasonably fast pace.

Retailing at over £1,200, the version of the S6L Brompton I tested isn’t cheap, but it is bags of fun and without question the most distinctive bike on the road. Just ask the cyclists who saw me racing up Box Hill.