Watch Cyclist Backflip Over a Road Bike Race

Polish mountain-bike slopestyle rider Szymon Godziek swapped his MTB for a road bike to take part in the Tour de Pologne race today. However, Godziek wasn’t there to race alongside the global stars of professional road cycling. Instead, he took to the air to perform a backflip over the main body of the race, shortly after it began its final stage in Bukowina Tatrzańska, Poland.

Watch the clip of this incredible feat in the video player above.

Godziek’s backflip stands out from previous attempts to perform stunts over a road-cycling peloton, which have so far only been done on mountain bikes. A backflip is a standard trick in the repertoire of any dirt-jumping athlete, but landing it on a road bike posed challenges.

“The difference between my dirt bike and a road bike is huge. The tyres are thin, the handlebars are much narrower, the frame geometry is totally different and, of course, the weight — a road bike is much lighter and acts differently in mid-air,” he explained after the successful attempt.

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