The cycling of the Cirque du Soleil won't break any records for speed, but
they can get an astounding number of people on the same bike! Most members
of this team haev been working together for the last three years at the National
Circus School in Montreal. Nathalie Sabourin and Nicolas Dupéré are two
"mistresses" of these experts in this exacting discipline whom you'll see
in this dazzling display of group coordination.
In related circumstances in a three-ring circus, this might be an extravaganza
with gymnasts jumping back and forth on motorcycles or on the backs of prancing
horses while above adjoining rings high flyers switched trapezes in mid-air. Here
the act is performed with one bicycle, whose rider is joined by three friends, then
by three more, and so on, until, before we know it, 13 people are perched on a
bicycle built for one. The cycle is so layered with passengers that it is almost
invisible as it glides smoothly around the ring.