— Alex Oates (@Velocentric) July 20, 2015
As someone who actually teaches a cycling class—go ahead and let the jokes fly now—I’m pretty familiar with riding a damn bike. Yet, teaching on a stationary bike in a gym while yelling at a bunch of people is a hell of a lot different than actually getting out on the road and coasting with other people.
And this video from the Tour de France this morning is proof.
No, cycling isn’t considered all that extreme, but when you get two or more riders within a few inches of each other and riding at speeds of 20-plus miles per hour, shit, anything can happen.
Unfortunately, Geraint Thomas found that out in quite the painful manner, when he got a little bit of nudge from fellow biker Warren Barguil, who, apparently, hit Thomas with just enough force that it sent the dude off the road and into a fucking telephone pole—which is a hilarious video to see.
Go ahead and laugh at all those hipster kids who ride their bikes to and from work, the bar and as their only means of transportation, but if they were able to take a hit like this—and then finish their ride as Thomas did, who completed the stage—I give them all the props in the world.
This just validates my decision to stick on the bike surrounded by four walls, if only because I don’t want to be that guy on the side of the road after a nasty crash.