The Dark Side Of Cycling! Sneaky Tricks For Beating Stronger Riders
(logo swooshing) – There’s nothing like going
on a bike ride with a mate, someone you can while away the hours with chatting and laughing. (Simon and James laughing) – Yeah, that’s all well and good, but what if that mate
constantly makes you feel slow? How do you get one over on someone that’s just frankly better than you are? It’s a good question. Fortunately, the dark side of cycling just might have some answers. – Come on, Si! – That’s great bants, mate, yeah. (jazzy music) – Right, this one’s simple
but not particularly devious. Take charge of the route. If you’ve got a riding mate that is stronger than you on the flat, then it’s inevitable that they’re gonna want to ride a flat route, and that’s where they can force the tempo and play into their strengths. But this way you can turn the tables. Why don’t you plan a route that plays into your strengths instead? Perhaps a hilly epic, or if you’re a rider with great power output
but a bit of extra ballast, choose a flat ride to
take away the advantage of your skinnier friends. Well, this is something we
have to do a lot with Emma. (gentle music) – The next three are all great tips just to help buy you a little bit of extra breathing space when climbing without raising any suspicion that you do indeed have a cunning plan. And the basics, well, it’s to effectively rob your friend of oxygen, but
in the nicest possible way. – So one good way of doing this is asking your friend
an interesting question. Watch this. So mate.
– Yeah? – What’s your favorite geometry? – Oh mate, that’s such a great question. I mean, firstly I think we gotta separate what the geometry that you think you like from the geometry that actually. Maybe.
– Oh really? – What I thought I knew
about frame geometry actually wasn’t true at all. Having a one tooth per
sprocket jump, actually, was probably optimal for
that particular situation. But then I just thought,
well, maybe I should– – Right, let’s take a left here, mate. – A left?
– A really good road. Yeah, seriously. – We don’t normally go left here. – I know, mate, it’s really good. – Are you sure?
– Yeah. – Am I gonna like it?
– Yeah, 100% mate. – [James] You’ll love it, amazing road. – I’m not 100% sure I
do like this new road. It’s not very flat, is it? – Oh mate, it flattens off in a bit. You’ll be alright, it
flattens off in a bit. Just keep digging in. – Oh good god! – Nearly there, mate.
– What? – Just keep with it – Now, another great
tip is for those of you who were blessed with the
ability to make anyone laugh. Now, I’m not, clearly,
but we can all search on Google for great one-liners. Drop one of those at
key moments on the climb and you will not only rob your friend of oxygen from their lungs,
but power from their legs. Hey, James.
– Hey, Si. – You heard about that new restaurant just opened up called Karma?
– No. – There’s no menu, you
just get what you deserve. (James laughing) Did you hear about the crook who got caught stealing the calendar? – No, mate.
– Got 12 months. (James laughing) I said, so what if I don’t
know what Armageddon means? It’s not the end of the world. (James laughing) My wife and I, we have a laugh
about how pathetic we are. I laugh more.
– What? Si, I don’t get that one.
– No? – No. (laid back music) Right, now this is a firm favorite, and I’ve used it to my
benefit over the years. The trick is to offer some
delicious piece of food, so delicious that they just can’t refuse. And if it’s well dry like
this, then all the better. (James chuckling) Hey Si, try this amazing new gluten-free, lactose-free, sugar-free,
nut-free chocolate rice cake. – Oh wow, thanks, James. That sounds delicious. (rice cake crunching) That’s really good, isn’t it? – Really good. – It’s really nice, but it’s quite, it’s quite dry, isn’t it? – Come on, Si, you can do it. Just munch it down. – Have you got any water? – Nah, just up on the top. (jaunty music) – Now, those last three were very much about being a good friend, you know. Offering your mate something to eat and making them laugh and engaging them in great conversation. But desperate times call
for desperate measures, and nothing is more effective than simply skipping turns on the front. But you need to use this sparingly, otherwise you may well
find that you don’t have any friends left to ride with. However, there is a great way around this. Everyone loves a compliment. See, watch this. We’re currently doing 32K an hour. James, you are so strong today, mate. It’s like riding behind a motorbike. 34. James, have you lost weight? 36. I’m serious, mate, you
are looking so ripped. You’re like, I’ve just
never seen you so lean. 38. Hey James, do you want
me to give you a turn? – No, mate, I got this. Feeling really good, really good. (energetic rock music) Mate.
– Yeah. – Cafe’s only around 2K away. – Is it?
– Not far away at all. – That’ll be nice. I might start to lean a little bit. – So last one, by fooling
them into thinking the cafe is only 2K up the road, they are likely to toast themselves long before they actually
make it to the cafe, which is further away than 2K. So when they up the tempo, take your chance to sit on
the wheel for a few moments. Wait for them to tire before
cruising off to cafe win glory. We all know, last one in buys the round. Alright, mate.
– Right. – Don’t worry, mate, I’ve ordered for you. But I guess it’s your round, mate, sorry. Yeah. If you liked this video, then remember to give it a big thumbs up. And for more devious tricks, then why don’t you click down there.