6 Things To Leave To Pro Cyclists

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– There are some things
that you just got to leave to the pros like this, this and this. – Make sure if you do enjoy this video you give it a thumbs up
and click on the bell icon because then you’ll get
a notification every time we upload a video. And I’m telling you to do
that because this video is going to be an absolute corker. – A what? (champagne sprays) Wow, Chris, wow. That’s something you’ve
got to leave to the pros, it’s in my eye, ah (beep). Oh! (logo whooshing) (upbeat music)
Yes, Chris, that’s definitely something we should leave to the pros. Not only is it dangerous, think of Sep Vanmarcke
when he took off his cap. – Yeah, he nearly lost a nose there, that was dangerous, I guess you’re right, and it also explains why
everyone’s so upset with me at dinner parties,
always spraying it round. I just thought-
– Wasting it – Wasting it yeah, I just
thought it was the way you opened a bottle of Champagne. Obviously not. Maybe now we’re not racing, we could enjoy it in a glass
like everyone else seems to? – Yes. We could. – It’s just I don’t know, it
doesn’t have the same appeal. As tempting as it may be to go out and draft the vehicle in front of you, out on the open roads,
this is a big no-no, after all, none of us
want to end up in the boot or the trunk of the car in front. So instead of drafting, drop back and go for that record
under your own steam. – Now you might see it on the TV, the directeur sportifs in their cars with the riders behind,
but this is something we can watch and admire
and leave to the pros. There is that time in every bike race, that you attack for that town sign, and today is one of those
rides, I just have to win. – I think it’s fair to
say, being ex-pro cyclists, we are competitive, and I
mean seriously competitive. Fighting for every inch
of tiny bit of space that’s available on the road, and whilst that was the
norm in a bike race, it’s not anymore. – Yeah, but it’s not worth
risking life and limb for a town sign. It’s not worth causing yourself injury or even your bike, which
if you’re anything like us, is way worse. – But in all seriousness, you could easily catch each other off balance,
hook your handlebars, or even worse, pick on someone
that just isn’t as confident or competent at handling
their bike as you are. – Yeah, yeah, so should we just leave this to the race circuit? – You would say that, you
knew I was going to beat you. – Yeah. Opie, you can’t do that
anymore, we’re not pros, and trust me, if you hit a pot hole, you’re going to ruin your crown jewels. – But it feels really fast! – No, you can’t do that one either. That’s also dangerous. – What? – Yeah, look at where your saddle is. You can’t do that one
either, that’s suicide, – What?
– You can’t touch the breaks! – But look how fast I’m going. Whoo – You’ll go into a corner
and straight into a wall. And this is just a no-no. To be honest, it’s
actually just quite stupid. You can’t control and it’s
terrible on your stomach. See, that’s it, perfect,
you’re well balanced, you’ve got the brakes, you’re in control. That’s the way you want to descend. – Yeah, to be fair, it does feel better. One trick we really believe should be left to the pros is the
removal of the buff. There’s a few reasons. For starters, you’re
probably going to have to remove your helmet, and it’s obvious why that’s not a good idea, I think,
it’s there for protection. Number two, is you’re going to be partially blindfolded at
least for a few moments, and I think again, I don’t really need to point out why that’s a bad idea. And then finally, when it comes to putting your helmet back on, you’re likely going to
have to ride no-handed, which opens you up to the
risk of gusts of wind, struggling to avoid potholes
and anything else on the road. Every trick you learn on
the bike should be about eliminating risk, and removing
a buff is none of those. So all in all, I feel it’s always best to remove items of clothing
like a buff when you’re static. And if Hank had got the weather
right in the first place, I wouldn’t have left home with this thing. – Now, riding no-handed is
generally not advisable, especially when you’re
riding with other riders, or in a group because you never know what the rider in front of you
or even behind you will do. – So with that in mind, it’s best advised to keep your hands on the bars and ideally near the breaks so you can react in an instant if you need to. – So keep them hands on those bars. We strongly advise you leave
these ones to the pros. – If you’ve seen people
doing things like that on bike rides that you
think should have been left to the pros, let us know what it was in the comments below. – And don’t forget to give
this video a big thumbs up, and why don’t you watch another video, why don’t you click on my left shoulder, or on that beautiful view. It is amazing, but it did
take us a while to get up. – It’s worth it.
– Incredible.

100 thoughts on “6 Things To Leave To Pro Cyclists

  1. And for some more videos, just click down here, to learn how to ride no handed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0NHeFM3KTE

  2. Sad that so many ‘cyclists’ are so keen to tell everyone they descend on the top tube and they do it really safely. Pros are doing their job and get paid to do so – they are on a totally different level to wannabes like you see in sportives, mid pack putting others at risk. I would also add taking off jackets and gilets. When two ex pros are giving this advice maybe you should take it.

  3. i saw my doppelganger do all these descent moves and i would have said something, but i didn't like the look of him. ( it was me, of course )

    i'll reconsider, in the light of continuing to live. plus i paid a lot for my bikes.

  4. Leave the top of the range gear to the pro's.

    If you're not fast enough at cycling you don't need the ultimate carbon everything.

    I've just had a 20 year break from cycling so currently I'm averaging 20kmh, so currently my bike matches that ability, it's a heavy city bike with no cool factor.

    Before my 20 year break I did a duathlon on my winter bike (because I'd crashed my Eddy Merckx bike) and I left me mud guards and pannier rack on on my winter bike in the race. I was overtaking Carbon Fibre low pro's, I wasn't even using tri bars, I had it set up in a nice relaxed position.

    If you are racing on a Carbon Fibre Low Pro and someone overtakes you with mud guards and a pannier rack, get off you're Carbon Fibre Low Pro and walk because you just look too stupid.

    The coolness of your bike should match your ability.

  5. that's a great video. I mean really! all of these things I have seen on the road by the amateur Joe out there putting themselves and others at risk. Specially the descending positions part. I hope a lot more watch this and decide to stop being foolish and start being considerate and responsible. Thank you GCN

  6. I dunno about leaving going no handed to the pros…they shouldn't even do it look what happened to poor ol froomy

  7. I don't see any reason why you can't learn to do one of those tricks. If the Pro's can do it, why can't you do it?

  8. Well said “every trick on a bike should be to eliminate risk! “ or having fun I can still drink a latte and dip Madeline’s while riding tho right 😂🤷🏼‍♂️

  9. Did you ever realize, that Chris just looks like the son or younger brother of Dominic West of "The Affair"? 😎😀

  10. Can we see Dan Lloyd’s in a bike contact match with Chris??? It will be fantastic see the result.🤭😁😂

  11. Ups 😂😅 descending positions and no hands almost every ride 🤦‍♂️🤷‍♂️ but want to try the champange once 🍾😌

  12. I disagree on no hands: 20 years before I actually started road biking, it rode up to 1 kilometer even with 90-degree bends and I wasn't a very talented sportsman back then. Now, in the present, I'm throwing myself down descents where an unexpected pothole could smash my front wheel and it is dangerous to ride free-handed on the last 200 meters in the road where I live? C'mon…

    Agree on the super-aero-position, though…. tried it a few times, gaining 2-3 kph doesn't weigh up the discomfort of having way too much weight on the front wheel and a super-nervous bike – in my case, there will always be a guy with 20 kg more and an aero bike that goes another 15 faster denying me the Strava CR.

  13. I agree with the guys,on the top tube tuck or what they now call the super tuck but it"s real name is the Tim Tuck. I still use this tuck but i got into the tuck at 35 mph for the first time 3 seconds after my teammate Tim went bye me doing it. This was in 1982 and yes i did become a pro rider so i have more time doing this tuck than anybody doing it today.

  14. Putting on or removing gillet/rain cape is something that should be left to the pros. There is no reason amateurs or fitness riders ever need to do this on a bike in motion. Even pros crash when doing this.

  15. I do what I call, 'safety drafting'. Meaning, I can keep up to 45-50 kph traffic speeds with just a minimal draft (i.e., about 3 car lengths from whatever it is that's in front of me), which gives me plenty of time to stop when they stop. Riding with no hands is a no-no in almost all scenarios. Avoid this as much as you can.

    Keep it up @GCN.

  16. I'd never bump elbows with someone deliberately. I mean, the other guy can decide if they want to be on the news tonight, but I'd never do it.

  17. I try to enjoy these videos, but I miss Mat, Dan and Si. Great chemistry, truly funny while still informative.

  18. "Every trick you learn on the bike should be about eliminating risk."

    Well, I guess I'll just take my dirt jump bike to the metal recycling yard, then 😉

  19. Leave to the pros: Shaving your legs. The marginal gains do not outweigh the significant pains. It also rhymes!

  20. Does anybody have a bell recommendation for a road bike?
    (They are required by law in France)
    It has to be a durable bell, can be mounted on a road bike handle (31.8mm) and ideally, it can be used in a rainy environment.

  21. I like this one, many people don’t understand that training your mind to avoid anything that could injure or slow you down is what makes a pro at any sport. 👍🏼

  22. perspective from someone who began racing in the 70's – we let go of the 'bars each time we shifted gears. I see club riders now who can't get a bottle out of the cage whilst pedaling.

  23. Leave to the pros: wearing pro kit? Honestly not sure about this one, what do others think? It's an velominati no-no, but it can be fun.

  24. If you guys progressively get more bruised, battered and blooded through the video, I think it'll really hit home and go viral

  25. 2:53 If you think doing this at 40-50mph is dangerous, read this 🙂


  26. Taking the most aggressive racing line on descents should only be left to the pros. They can use both sides of the road as there won't be anything coming up the other way.

  27. Please please please please please do a gcn presenters bike for your dogma f12 Chris, I can't find any good reviews in English on YouTube.
    Btw, Ollie's first look and Dan's quick look at Egan bernal's were quick looks, as the titles suggested, not full reviews.

  28. Leave carbon bikes to the pro's because they are the only people that get them for free. They are not worth paying for.

  29. I only use my bike to commute and not competetively, I discovered gcn trying to look for ways to fix my bike and found out that you guys are hilarious.

    I do almost everything in this video for efficiency, haha, except the one where you go elbow to elbow with another racer.

  30. lol Im all about wheel drafting. Moped, mobility scooter, baby carriage
    . I don't care. If I see a draft opportunity you can be sure Ill take it.

  31. Long story short, if you’re on a group ride and are doing anything other than normally riding, pull out or behind the group and do it away from others. Even a simple thing like trying to open a food wrapper can cause issues in a group unless you know what you’re doing.

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  33. Finding out about chris froome crashing while riding no handed made me extra cautious when I ride no handed especially windy days.

  34. I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your videos- all of them! I have only got into cycling this year and am now obsessed as a result of your videos. Great presenters, great content! Only video idea I can suggest is about comparing methods of carrying children. Thanks again!!

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