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Top 10 Cycling Insults

Top 10 Cycling Insults


– [Matt] As we know, cycling has its own
rich lexicon. Words with etymologies built over decades. This expansive vocabulary
extends to a wealth of insults too, some of which we have listed here. And
they’re just about fit for family viewing. You need to harden up
mate. Glass cranker! – [Si] Amateur! – Top ten cycling insults. Half wheeler. Some may actually see
this as a badge of honor, rather than an insult. But I think most of us would
rather not have this as a label, as it singles you out as the type of rider
who no one wants to sit on the front with. And I think we all know a few. Often
accompanied by an expletive as a suffix, prefix, or both. ♪ [music] ♪ Sit on sprinter. Think
it’s a turn in, Si? – Nope. – We’re not talking about the pro seater
here with the riders who are paid to get an on chair ride to the finish, before
opening up in the last 200 meters. More the type of rider who won’t give
a single turn in a local road race, chain gang, or even on a club
ride, skulking around at the back, before lighting it up to win a town sign,
and celebrating like they’ve won the Worlds. – In your face, Stevens! – Amateur doesn’t sound too
bad of an insult in the face of it, but this one, especially to the purists,
really does cut to the core if you’re on the receiving end, as it implies that your
skills and abilities as a rider ar far from being pro. – Amateur. – Yet, you don’t need to be a pro
to call someone else an amateur. Because actual amateurs, more often than
not, call fellow amateurs amateurs too. – Whoa! Amateur! – What? – Sandbagger is in the front, aimed at
those riders who seemingly aren’t partial to putting their nose in the wind. And
who will avoid a turn on the front, at all costs. To this end, they’ll employ
a variety of underhand tactics to keep their slot at the back of the group,
much to the annoyance of all around them. – [inaudible 00:02:09] …had a
really bad down mile somehow. – Weekend warriors. – Hey there, Si. I’m looking
forward to this nice, steady ride. – Is a moniker for riders whose main aim
appears to be hitting the road hard at the weekend, but not actually in a race or
sportive, as the WWs tend to take these very seriously indeed. – Si, Wait! Si, what are you doing?
It’s supposed to be a steady ride! – Poser, this one doesn’t need much of an
explanation, as I think we can all point to at least one person we know who
fits this particular description. Si… – What? – What are you doing? – Sorry, mate. Sorry. Just… – You know the one. Immaculate pro kit.
Bling bike under the UCI weight limit. Box-fresh cycling shoes, balled up legs,
dark shades, whatever the weather, and always, always checking their hair. – Sorry mate. Just for Instagram. Just
thought I’d capture the moment. – I’m pumping up my tire. It’s personal. – I know, but it looks epic. – You need to harden up. This
disparagement is usually reserved for those who tend to moan, complain,
or offer up paltry excuses for their inability to ride or cope with
any modest level of arduosity. – No. No, I don’t think it’s safe.
There’s a 5% chance of rain, and that’s 5% more than I’m
willing to risk. I’m not doing it. I’m going to phone my
wife. I need to get a lift. – I’ll tell you what. You need to
harden up mate. You really, really do. I can’t believe this. – Do you mind if I borrow your
gilet to keep warm whilst I wait? I don’t want to get cold. – I’ve had enough. – Thanks, Matt. – Unbelievable. Wheelsucker, no one
wants to be called a wheelsucker, do they? We even made a video about how to get rid
of one. In French they have a wonderful word for wheelsucker. Raton!
[Foreign language] raton! Not a literal translation at all, it
actually means “young rat.” – What did you do that for? I was
just trying to get some shelter. Honestly. Just thought
I’d get home quicker. – Glass cranker, a name given to a
rider who rides through to the front in a breakaway, whilst pedaling so softly, when
at the front, they could actually be using cranks made of glass. Such is the
withering emptiness of their effort. – What are you doing? – I’m done! – Look at the little ring! – But you look really strong! – Yeah, but look at you! We’re
going downhill, and you’re on 39/17. – Go on, do a turn. – I’m not doing a turn, I’ve just done a
turn, you glass cranker! Cheesehead. – Cheesehead. – [Announcer] Five, four,
three, two, one, zero. – I was called a cheesehead once for
attacking just as the flag dropped in the Tour de l’Avenir, by a Belgian rider
who also threw a bread roll at me. For more top tens click up here, and for our
“How to” videos, just click down here. And to subscribe to GCN, click
on that flying cheese roll. ♪ [music] ♪ – Amateur, even though that was
quite a nice passing maneuver. – Yeah, that was
actually quite good.


Reader Comments

  1. Last Sunday I was headed back home after a ride with my mates and happened to cross path with a fellow road biker adopting an aero stance on his tri bar clip ons when he merged to the road I was on at a cross junction. He was going like 25 or 26km/hr all the while in that aero stance. And not wanting to be an asshole rider, or passing a wrong insult message, I followed behind for a good 5 mins or so till we came to a traffic junction where I saw the best opportunity to overtake while he slowed down (traffic was safe to do so). Think he didn't like that, and sprinted to want to take lead. As he came up to me, I tried to give a friendly nod, but was completed ignored. And in that instance, I decided to deliver the best insult by continuing to hold onto the hood of my bar, pull as straight and 'relaxed' a face as I could (but dying inside), and powering up enough to drop him and continuing at the powered up speed for as long as I could, never once turning the head back. Hahaha. I think all riders should mount a small side mirror for this sake.

  2. I had a water bottle thrown at me once. It's a proud moment that I will tell anyone about the second I get a chance.

    Btw, there was this time when I pissed someone off so much, they actually bothered to throw their water bottle at me. I mean it was a perfectly good water bottle, too.

  3. the reason why they are called cheeseheads derives from the Belgian word "kaaskop" a derogatory term used for the cheese eating Dutch ( who are known to use foxy tactics)

  4. I ride at 3am.. No heat of the day, very little traffic. I see a these fools riding at midday in the summer heat an I think they are nuts.

  5. Sandbagger I thought was someone of a certain quality competing against others of a lower level just so as to ensure winning? As for class cranker, Allan Peiper once called this 'chasing with your slippers on', although with a slightly different context and intent. Namely, when a deal in a race has been struck or a favour is being returned but you don't want it to be obvious you're not really racing behind the person you've done a deal with, or repaying said favour.

  6. when another fool on a mountain bike rides on the sidewalk giving walkers a fright
    "what's a matter mother won't let you ride in the street"

  7. Lmfao 1:21 good luck lifting my training road bike at 14.2 kg like that lol I can lift it like that easily but I also much heavier and built lol. Nice victory lift!!!

  8. I’ve had people yell this at me an my mates before: Go back to Europe where you belong!! That insult came from a driver whom I properly chased down like Mark Cavendish during a sprint bunch finish glaring at them and making faces lol.

  9. Dumb shit like this is why I prefer to ride alone. I did have a laugh at a guy that showed up for a modest group ride at a local bike shop in an aero helmet that looked about 3’ long.

  10. My favourite one " this is 14 kg bike how much does your bike weigh? " You cant imagine the dirty looks the pencil leg "Cyclists" give me as I keep pace with them lol.

  11. "one man peloton" for riders who endanger everyone else (pedestrians and small children on bikes) by passing too fast and with no safety space on rural bikepaths for their fame on strava. Also for riders who run red lights.

  12. I'm sorry to tell you that but is such little skill included in cycling…..a f***ing 6 year old can ride without hands on the handlebars

  13. Dive Bomber

    Basically someone who lets out a loud and wet fart during a downhill ride. Made much worse if said rider ate beans and/or eggs just before the ride.

  14. I don't see a problem with conserving energy so you can open it up on the final stretch, people that complain about that are probably the same people who complain about campers in FPS games (assuming they also play FPS games)

  15. In the 'poser' category – I'm not pro, I get passed by some 60 year olds – but the other day I got passed by a chubby woman wearing pro-looking, fluorescent latex kit ON AN E-BIKE and I couldn't help but think, "do you really think anyone sees your fancy latex, overlooks your big battery and thinks, 'wow, what a hard core cyclist'?

  16. OOOOOOOOIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

    CCCCCCHHHHHEEEEEEESSSSSSSSEEEEEEEEEHHHHHHHHEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAADDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD…………………..

    Beautiful. 🧀🤨

  17. In the USA theres an American football team called the green bay packers the fans of witch are called cheese heads so i for one am a cheese head

  18. Ant drafter they want a draft pack to support them ie cut the wind but at the most insane slow pace .and so I just turn and burn and who gets dropped .

  19. I got one for those faggot cyclist in the way riders: First of all fuck the hell off the road already and my therm to insult them is: Dopped-up Midalgan Clown… Because we all know a cyclist which can state he/she isn't on some kind of doping is because he/she hasn't been forced to supply a urine sample and the all stick after there ointments which are a nuisance in themselfs… I say run the lot of the road or the forest path….

  20. There is good reason to always wear glasses sunny or or not. Have you ever been hit in the eye by a stone coming off a dumptruck.

  21. 2:38 overwhelming population of cyclists in the philippines…bad country to ride bikes…lots of undisciplined cyclists…

  22. im new to road bikes . just a beginner starting out , not doing any tour de france or any thats stuff . i just love riding bikes while getting fit , it helps my Asthma a lot . never heard of these childish things riders do as i ride solo . have been out riding after work for a hour or two.

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