Distraction Can Make You a Faster Cyclist

In the slightly surreal yet decidedly wonderful 2003 animated film The Triplets of Belleville, three drugged cyclists pedal stationary bikes on-stage in a theatre while French mafia types bet on which of them will win their “race”—as they pedal, they gaze at film of a road course projected onto a screen in front of them, shot from a cyclist’s perspective.

Aside from the being-drugged part, it turns out there’s likely

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