Rider backflips over WorldTour peloton on road bike

Freerider built hidden underground kicker that sent him flying over 30 feet

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Szymon Godziek

We’ve seen mountain bikers gap road races before, but not like this…

The Tour of Poland is a serious road race. It’s been held for 74 years and has been part of the UCI WorldTour since 2011. For the final stage of this classic event, Polish slopestyle star Symon Godziek had an idea.

While a few different mountain bikers have jumped over a peloton, Godziek wanted to do it on a road bike. And just for good measure, he decided to throw in a back flip. To pull it off, his team built a hidden underground kicker that would send him flying over 30 feet.

After pulling off the impressive stunt, Godziek said, “The difference between my dirt bike and a road bike is huge. The tires 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. For me the biggest challenge was to get familiar with the specifics of riding on that kind of bike. I had practiced the jump itself numerous times, so it wasn’t difficult for me and I felt great on the road bike.”

Of course this isn’t the first time a freeride star has launched over a pro road race. Back in 2003, Dave Watson jumped the Tour de France peloton just before the summit of the Col de Galibier. Set-up and preparation had to be done in secret. Showing up several days beforehand, Watson and his crew built the jump and cleared the landing before fans showed up. Jumping just over the back of the peloton as to take no chances of injuring riders, Watson sailed approximately 45 feet before touching down. Due to a last minute brake check, he came up slightly short and was bucked by his bike into the rocky transition. Press play to relive that insanely bold endeavor.

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