Road Bike Meets Freestyle


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If you watched the Amgen Tour of California, you might have seen a catchy advertisement from Spy Optics that pitted outgoing U.S. national road racing champ Matthew Busche against freestyle rider Mike Montgomery. The ad starts with footage of Busche racing down an asphalt road before cutting, as if we're going inside Busche's head, to scenes of what looks like Busche doing tricks and flips on a jump course. In fact, that's Montgomery (dressed up to look like the road race champ) doing all the stunts.

With the ESPN X Games and the Teva Mountain Games, we've gotten used to seeing athletes with more skill than fear pulling physics-defying stunts. But the sight of a biker doing doubles and backflips on a production-model road bike is still a bit breathtaking. Which is probably why Spy decided to release this behind-the-scenes documentary, with even more stupefying footage.

Busche was definitely amazed. “It was all impressive to me because I can ride in a straight line pretty much and that's about it,” said the national champ. And the action even made an impression on Montomery. “I really had no idea what I was getting into,” he said. “Once we actually started production, it was more of like, 'Shut up and sack up!'”

—Aaron Gulley