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Video: Kristof Allegaert cracks open a beer - with the cleat on his shoe

"A skill every self respecting cyclist should have," says Juliana Buhring...

As one of the world’s top ultracyclists you’d expect Kristof Allegaert to be resourceful. And as a Belgian you’d expect him to know a thing or two about beer.

So here he is showing his skills in opening a bottle of beer with the help of the cleat on the bottom of his cycling shoe.

After all, in a self-supported sport where it’s essential to keep weight to the bare minimum, it’s worth having some items of kit that are multifunctional.

The trick was a new one on Juliana Buhring, who posted a video of Allegaert’s bottle-opening technique to Facebook.

The pair both competed in last month’s Indian Wheel Pacific Race, during which their friend Mike Hall – founder of the Transcontinental race, which has been won by Allegaert three times – was killed.

> Juliana Buhring remembers her "mentor, spirit and friend," Mike Hall

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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