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Who needs Bellville Rendevouz… when there's Yellowjacket

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A few years ago, around Tour time a French fella got in touch with me to see whether the website I was then editing would be interested in running some animations and an online cycling game* that he had put together… I was, "we" weren't. The animations starred a cycling hero called Yellowjacket and centred on his perpetual struggle with is deadly rival Blackjacket… they were/are great.

Very French. 

Definitely worth a look, and a quick bit of searching on Youtube reveals a whole stack of them. My favourites are Mayo Jaune (featured here), the Chinese Episode, and Yellowjacket No 3, oh and Lantern Rouge is a corker too, but there's loads of them so have a hunt around and your bound to find one that particularly appeals. There more info on Yellowjacket on yellowjacket.tv, and below are a couple of episodes to be getting on with.

 *Fiendishly difficult affair in which you have to move Yellojacket around a beach cycling course by rolling a marble… which entaild clicking your mouse and pointing the cursor in the right direction. Oh, and the course isn't flat.

Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.

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