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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Bicycle Video Theatre

I know both of these videos have been around for a while, but I just found out about them this week, so I thought I'd share them with you.

The first is of Scottish stunt cyclist Danny MacAskill practicing the art of Bike Parkour, which The Telegraph newspaper describes as a style of riding in which people use every available urban or rural platform to choreograph a set of stunts. The aim is to move from one point to another as smoothly, skilfully and quickly as possible.

Danny's stunts are simply amazing. A tip of the hat to Facebook friend Lisa Maher guiding me to this video. Lisa's husband, Mike, is a cyclist and a former colleague of mine at The (Alton) Telegraph.

The second is of German sisters Carla and Henriette Hochdorfer, who were competing in the 2009 European Junior Champions for Indoor Cycling. The two begin on two fixed-gear bikes, then jettison one of them to perform some graceful moves.

A tip of the hat to Thomas Carter for the link to this video. TC is the originator of the Belleville Area Bicycling and Eating Society's Donut Trail Ride in south St. Louis. TC will be leading the club on the streets of St. Louis on Sunday (Oct. 11) for a visit to four or five donut shops. We'll be taking off at 9:30 a.m. from the Forest Park MetroLink Station.

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