Watch Peter Sagan Bunny Hop His Way Up A Staircase
December training camps for WorldTour teams are casual affairs. Equipment is distributed, riders spend long hours with photographers, and team bonding is a priority. It’s not uncommon to see playful videos emerge: snowball fights, klutzy attempts at foreign sports, and hotel hijinks.
Sure, it’s fun to see the human sides of pro bike racers. But it’s not as often that we see a video that truly has us watching and rewatching, because it’s just so awesome.
Then again, there aren’t many riders like Peter Sagan. The 28-year-old Slovak is famous for his otherworldly bike handling ability, which he loves to showcase for the camera. He so regularly dazzles us with his moves – the kind normally attempted only by trials riders – that he has, in fact, left us a little desensitised. (Remember when we were impressed by his wheelies?)
Yet he can still take our breath away. On Sunday, Sagan dropped this clip showing his rather unconventional method of ascending a flight of stairs during a training ride in Mallorca, Spain. I was pretty pleased with myself when I figured out how to ride up stairs on a 150mm full-suspension e-mountain bike. So you can imagine how I felt seeing Sagan achieve the same feat on his new Peter Sagan Edition S-Works Tarmac.
While this is very much Sagan having fun, you can see just how hard he worked by the small rest he takes before tackling the last few steps, and how he is clearly out of breath by the end of the video. We can speculate as to whether a disc brake-equipped road bike made things a little easier, but the fact remains: Those bunny hops required incredible core strength, balance, and coordination to pull off.
So before you dismiss this as business as usual for Peter Sagan, get down on the floor and try an 80-second plank.
Bobby Lea Test Editor, Bicycling Bobby is a former professional racer, lifelong cyclist, and lover of all things bikes.