Performing under a chandelier in a castle-worthy room at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany-based pro freestyle cyclist and student Viola Brand, aka violalovescycling, demonstrates some daring Bicycle Ballet balancing stunts.
Brand has won multiple World Championship and European Championship medals since 2010, and trains around 20 hours a week for her sport. In this Pedal and Tring Tring interview she explains:
I am not wearing a helmet because artistic cycling is more like gymnastic or figure skating. They also don’t wear a helmet. In my opinion the dangerous thing about cycling is the contact with cars in traffic…
I do my stunts in controlled situations where there are no cars. I only do tricks I feel safe with. I’ve practiced them a thousand times and I am sure that I will not fall down. Whenever I train for a new trick I use something for safety like a safety rope with my coach around me. Further, I learn the tricks in many little steps and I know how to fall down in the right way so that I do not injure myself.
Watch Matthias Dandois: The Flat Side of Things next.
Plus, a favorite from Danny MacAskill, who does wear a helmet: Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out.
via The Awesomer.