Welcome to today’s pre-Thanksgiving video roundup! I’ve been riding around town but the fancy carbon bike is relegated to the trainer right now. Still, there are plenty of great videos to inspire us. We start with the European Bike Stealing Championships 2015 video above. The audio is a little busy, but it’s worth watching (action begins past the two minute mark).
Next, look at the Great Shasta Rail Trail! It’s rideable near McCloud. Laura from PathLessPedaled shows us how beautiful it is. This looks like a great destination for this upcoming year- perhaps combined with Crater Lake. Ah, winter season dreams.
Steve “Peaty” Peat takes us on a beautiful mountain adventure in Norway. Skip ahead 45 seconds if you want, the footage is gorgeous, but that area will go dark for the winter around December 9, the sun doesn’t return until January 4.
Do you remember Dave Roth? In this video he and Seb Kemp go cycling around British Columbia. It’s an older video (2 years old!) but it’s appropriate this time of year- it’s certainly wet and grey in the footage. I can’t tell what Seb is repairing around the 4 minute mark. If you are living outside the PNW right now, this may make you homesick.
Ellie Mitchell bikes to school. In Alaska. She also races against adults. What’s my excuse? Also, Al’s beard is nearly as awesome as his daughter.
Watch GCN ride on 1980-era wheels. It’s surreal to see the ancient (and narrow-range) cassette working with the (electronic) Di2 shifting.
Detroit’s Slow Roll weekly bike rides are encouraging. The progress Detroit is marking towards bike infrastructure and even bicycle manufacturing is inspiring. (Commenter Gregg rode with Slow Roll last year).
This week’s honorable mentions: Path Less Pedaled goes bike(fly)fishing in the Sacramento River, GCN’s guide to turbo training, Col Collective Season Two preview, former pro and current GCN host Matt Stephens interviews Frank Strack of Velominati at the Rouleur Classic (terrible video, great subject, good rationale on avoiding lifting your bike over your head), and finally the partying at SSCXWC (what is the “Canadian line”?).
Inclusion criteria: If I’ve missed something, post it in the comments! I’m trying to only include videos published in the last week or so. Note if there’s a specific point in a long video that is worth highlighting. Also note if there is colorful language. When it gets to spring, I will delay videos containing pro racing spoilers.
– Ted Timmons, @tedder42