It’s been done before, and chances are it’ll be done again, but man — this is fun to watch! This time it’s Valentin Anouilh’s turn, and he shows those road bikers who’s boss with style.

# Comments

    • rmap01

      Had the exact same reaction!

  • FrankS29

    Sorry, but this is a jackass move.

    Putting all of those guys at risk so that you can “show them who’s boss”?

    If he screws up or has a mechanical failure and crashes into the middle of the peloton, or even just clips one guy it could be serious.

    I really don’t understand being so blindly selfish that you can think this is a reasonable thing to do.

    One of the biggest problems of races like this is the sheer number of morons that have access to the athletes on course.

    • Robert Dobbs

      +1 This
      ….and it will get worse as these dingleberries try to outdo one another each year.

  • bikematt

    Nope, this is like jumping at a ski resort, they had it set up, timed a monitored. The crew was up and hill and down it had been practiced. Go read Ben King’s comments, this is safe not like a drunk running alongside and falling down.

    • FrankS29

      I have no doubt it was practiced and there was crew. I have no doubt the guy is an amazing jumper.

      However to call this safe is ignorant.

      Mistakes can and do happen. Mechanicals can and do happen. It’s a selfish move, plain and simple.

      These guys and their teams go to extreme lengths to manage risk. They don’t need a selfish ass jumping over them when there are plenty of things that can go wrong with his stunt.

      How would they plan for the handle bar snapping on the launch ramp?

      Pedal spindle failure?

      Too little speed on THIS run?

      As any cyclists knows, parts fail and usually at the worst possible time. Even the best cyclists make errors.

      If he wants to risk his body and career that is his call. But it’s a jackass move to risk other athletes and their careers/race.

      There is no such thing as a perfectly safe stunt, that’s why this is so unacceptable.

  • Rogueshoten

    Singletracks seems to slide towards glorification of this kind of idiocy. I remember a few months ago, a video where a guy was bombing down walkways in a city, and happened to nearly run over a quintet of pedestrians who were sitting on some steps. Rather than taking the “this is why you don’t ride like a bat out of hell around blind corners on a sidewalk” approach, they glorified his skill for not injuring any of the people because it was such a close call. And now this?

    Take note of what you will find on the Internet when you look for more details around this…”Yet another” precedes much of it. The more this kind of thing gets publicity, the more it is being done…and the more likely it is that someone who is riding beyond their level will try it as well.

    This was the Tour de France; those people under him were professional riders, in the most important race of their year. And looking at the size of the peloton, it looks like this was the bulk of the participants. If this had gone wrong, he would have disrupted a major sporting event for a large proportion of the participants. I seriously doubt that any of the racers had consented to this act, despite being made a part of it.

    Singletracks, you are supposed to stand for responsible and sane riding practices. Time to wake up; you’re acting like morons when you do this, and people have noticed.

    • rmap01

      While I concur with your sentiment about the irresponsible nature of the act, I certainly didn’t see this as Singletracks glorifying or being supportive in any way. Although I’m not sure who/what determines what does and does not make it onto the site it’s completely understandable why it would show up. It was a mountain bike jump. And that’s also the nature of news especially in today’s world of “click bait” topics and sensationalism. I’ll bet this got more views than most of the other substantive, thoughtful and meaningful content. And, for what it’s worth, the same video can be seen on pinkbike, mtbr and many other mtb and (and non-mtb) sites.

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