Remember the first race of every cyclocross season, when you find yourself crashing around corners and for some reason your lower back is searing with pain after only 30 minutes? Well it seems that some art forms never change throughout the ages.

“Cyclocross, the art of getting a bike cross country and in one piece,” the news reel announcer affirms, explaining the sport while showing the Belgian National Championships. The video, published on YouTube by British Movietone, certainly shows the joys of going down hill.