Video: Cyclocross Ballet – Sand Trap Crashing in Super Slo-Mo

Cyclocross Video

Have you ever been to a ballet? I’m not ashamed to say that I have. Okay, well, maybe I’m a little ashamed. But it was the Nutcracker and it was during the holidays and I really needed to have some brownie points for an epic ride the following weekend. Festive music, colorful costumes and beautiful people jumping around on their toes…what’s not to like?

Have you ever been to a cyclocross race? I have. I’ve even tried racing ‘cross once and once was enough. It’s hard. Bunny hops on road bikes, beer drinking and cowbell ringing…what’s not to like?

Ballet and cyclocross have nothing in common. Until now.

Some cross races have steps. Some have a series of wooden barriers. Some have teeters or maybe even doubles. This one has the sand pit.

This Vimeo video was uploaded by Kent Johnston and shows the action from the Het Meer Cyclocross Race held last month in Vancouver Lake Park in Vancouver, WA. The video was shot at 240 frames per second and this is the super slo-mo of the carnage.

At first, I thought, “man, some music would make this video even cooler.” But when I rewatched it, I think the absence of sound makes the video speak that much louder. Watch it and tell us what you think in the comments below!

Video: Cyclocross Ballet – Sand Trap Crashing in Super Slo-Mo Gallery
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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato has been the Site Manager of Mtbr.com for over 14 years and enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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  • bryan says:

    I’m amazed anyone on skinny tires was even able to ride through that, it would’ve been hard enough on a mtb. It kills me how the guy who chose to run couldn’t make it either.

  • geephlow says:

    That dude at 2:35 was the schizznit…hucked it, then did a massive frog hop over his bars to a running dismount. Exactly the drunken extreme rad-ness I expect from CX!

  • Slow Joe Crow says:

    I wasn’t at this race, although I’ve been to the park. I did race the Zaandercross the following week at Frenchman’s Bar park which is about a mile away on the Columbia instead of the lake and everybody in the lower classes was just dismounting and running when we hit the beach. So we missed out on the ballet but we had fewer DNFs.

  • PMac says:

    Just as amusing as some of the mad-handling skillz that some of these ‘heads display (I suspect road racers during the summer, hence, seriously challenged in the handling skill dept.) is the “body by Fritos and Budweiser” the bubba in the white t-shirt (or is that a boat cover?) is rocking. If I didn’t know better, I’d say this took place in the midwest with that physique.

    And for you clowns trashing on cx, just try it! It’s a blast, in the redzone for the better part of an hour; and I’ve never done any other type of racing where the spectators hand you greenbacks, beer, and bacon just to mix it up. Just have a look at the video for 2012 SSCXWC. Pure insanity, huge fun!

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