Watch Andreas Kolb avoid a car accident on the Les Gets World Cup Course

by 3 shared this shocking footage showing Andreas Kolb‘s near-miss with a car on the Les Gets World Cup Course!

Downhill riders have a lot to keep an eye on during the race weekend. Before they’re on track it’s the weather, bike set-up and tyre choice, then on the track, they need to watch for changes to the track, roots, rocks, and cars… Yes, cars!

This video posted by our friends over at shows the Atherton Racing team rider during timed practice. Viewing the video we can make out the red Alfa Romeo making its way up the road towards a crossing, but it’s not clear when Andreas realised what was happening.

Thankfully he managed to slow down and stop to miss the car, but as you can hear, he was pretty annoyed. It’s worth pointing out that the marshall is reported to have told the driver to stop, although in the heat of the moment it’s easy to miss this.

We believe that this is probably the first time a car has almost caused an accident on a downhill track, let’s hope something is put in place to ensure it’s the last.

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Andi is a gadget guru and mountain biker who has lived and ridden bikes in China and Spain before settling down in the Peak District to become Singletrack's social media expert. He is definitely more big travel fun than XC sufferer but his bike collection does include some rare hardtails - He's a collector and curator as well as a rider. Theory and practice in perfect balance with his inner chi, or something. As well as living life based on what he last read in a fortune cookie Andi likes nothing better than riding big travel bikes.

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Comments (3)

    I guess that if you’re not going to close all the roads for days then human lapses will happen with this being the result. Good ad for his brakes, mind.

    I’m rather surprised the road wasn’t closed , with the frequency of riders coming through it would seem to be the only safe option.

    As it was timed practice I hope that Andreas didn’t get any penalties for his enforced stop.

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