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Video: Is this the world's smallest 'velodrome'?

French youths ride in circles round ornamental feature in park

Video posted to Facebook shows young cyclists in France enjoying a spin around what might just be the smallest ‘velodrome’ we’e ever seen.

The footage was posted to the social network by Dijon-based youth cycling club Pôle Espoir Cyclisme Bourgogne.

It shows a couple of its members riding round and round what seems to be an ornamental feature perhaps 20 feet in diameter in a public park.

One of the lads riding round it compares it to the ‘Wall of Death’ ridden by motorcyclists at carnivals in the USA and elsewhere, saying: “The Zavatta Circus, at the Pôle Espoir Bourgogne, it’s tonight!”

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The two young guys on road bikes seemed to have a bit more ability keeping upright than some of their BMX-riding companions at the club, however.

Four of those took to the makeshift track, but their riding ground to a halt when one fell off.

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Here’s both the videos – track purists will be pleased to note that the cyclists are all riding anti-clockwise.

And of course, when we ask whether it's the world's smallest 'velodrome' we mean one you can actually ride on - rather than the model version produced by Scalextric ahead of the London 2012 Olympics.

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"Le cirque zavatta, au pôle espoir Bourgogne, c'est ce soir"#hardtrainning

Posted by Pôle Espoir Cyclisme Bourgogne on Tuesday, 29 September 2015



Les bmxers élèvent le niveau d'un cran !!!!! 4 d'un coup !En même temps le cirque ça les connaît !!!

Posted by Pôle Espoir Cyclisme Bourgogne on Wednesday, 30 September 2015


Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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