Watch an Olympic cyclist show how much power it takes to toast bread

Thursday June 4th, 2015

Velodrome cyclists are some of the most amazing athletes in the world. They compete in a sport that requires them to have a bodybuilder's physique and a runner's endurance.

Robert Forstemann is a particularly impressive specimen, with a photo of his massive thighs going viral during his time at the 2012 Olympics, and that is why he was chosen to be the subject of the "Toaster Challenge."

Filmmakers set Forstemann up on a special bike hooked up to power a small toaster to see just how much human effort it takes to power an everyday task like making toast.

As you can tell from the clip, it takes everything an Olympic athlete has just to get a piece of bread barely browned. If this is how all toasters worked, people would eat a lot fewer Eggos and Pop-Tarts.

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