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Video: Footage of bizarre velodrome crash goes viral

Rider tries to bunny-hop gap in track - and doesn't quite make it...

Footage of a bizarre crash in a velodrome in Sweden has gone viral on Twitter with nearly 700 retweets and almost 1.000 likes on the social network.

It was shot at the velodrome in Falun, with a rider attempting to bunny-hop a gap in the track and just failing, with the front wheel making contract with the far side, causing the bike - and the rider - to somersault.

It's not clear when the footage was shot or who took it originally, with the video uploaded to Twitter by French Hour record holder Francois Lamiraud, who said: "When you're undecided over a career on the track or in cyclo-cross."

The gap in the track appears to be there to allow riders to access the circuit and the track centre, something achieved at major venues by a tunnel under the track.

What's unclear is whether the rider was deliberately trtyng a stunt, or whether they were forced to try and get over the hazard with the track entrance engaged accidentally - given the position of the person filming, our money would be on the former.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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