What is it?
We were challenged to find a Christmas-themed cycling app for this week's edition of Cycling App of the Week, and here's where we wound up: Santa Bicycle Rider Xmas Special is a slice of festive silliness that involves steering your virtual Santa around a pretty drab looking neighbourhood and delivering presents along the way. Press the chain button to move the bike, use the arrows to navigate and the brake to stop, and deliver the swag. You can unlock new bikes as you move up the levels. Although it's spammy and ads pop up a bit too often the graphics aren't bad for a free app game.
What makes it unique?
Santa and bikes... we've never seen that before!
We hope St Nick's bold road positioning doesn't result in a near miss or two
How can it help me?
Errr... it might keep the kids quiet for a few minutes but otherwise it's just for jokes.
Where can I get it?
This app is Android-only, and can be downloaded here. We found one on iTunes which seems to involve Santa taking on some kind of obstacle course while doing stunts, so if that appeals check it out here.
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.