Two video clips that are very different but both contain behind the scenes footage, one with a heavy metal loving soigneur and the other with Bradley Wiggins, a self-styled mod.
First is a video from the soon to vanish HTC-Highroad team and shows the work of a soigneur. “We need 30 hours in a day” is the opening claim from the team’s head soigneur Frits Van Der Heide. The film explains the role of the soigneur, French for “carer”. As you can see the day is long and it goes from supporting the riders to washing the team car. Just as the mechanics wash every bike, the team cars must have the showroom look too. There’s all the usual footage of soigneurs filling up musettes and the slow-mo footage shows text-book examples of how to grab them in the feedzone (arm forward, grab where the straps meet the bag).
The second is a video podcast from Britain featuring Bradley Wiggins, himself into music and custom Lambretta scooters, hallmarks of the mod subculture in Britain. It’s an interesting clip if you have the time because you might only know Wiggins as the-time-triallist-who-lost-weight guy. These labels help but they are obviously simple and superficial, there is of course more to a rider than their speciality or body mass. Usually.
In this case Wiggins talks about his dress sense and music and the “mod” subculture particular to Britain. Although he talks like a Frenchman, using hand gestures with every phrase. He’s been know to travel to races with a guitar – others do the same – and in the video interview he describes how he’d like longer hair but cuts it short to avoid overheating. It’s an interesting glimpse into the life of a rider miles away from cycling and Wiggins clearly has passion for this.