Norwich cyclist accused over London mayor Boris Johnson abuse
PUBLISHED: 19:36 06 August 2013 | UPDATED: 19:37 06 August 2013
London mayor Boris Johnson has accused a member of a Norwich cycling club of making abusive remarks towards him during a 100-mile cycle race from Surrey to London at the weekend.
Mr Johnson, (pictured), was among 16,500 cyclists who participated in the RideLondon 100 on Sunday, which involved riding a similar route to last year’s Olympic road race cycling event.
However, in an online blog the politician claimed he was abused by another cyclist wearing a Norwich cycling club sign on his pelvis who made fun of his weight as he struggled to cycle up Leith Hill in Surrey.
He described becoming aware of the other cyclist “out of the corner of my eye... imitating me – pedalling alongside and puffing with satirical glee,” adding, “he was one of those Gollum-like creatures whose Lycra appeared to be shrink-wrapped about his spindly form”.
Further on in the blog, Mr Johnson claimed the other cyclist exclaimed: “Garn, Boris, put your back into it,” before making an offensive comment about his weight. He claimed the other cyclist said he had “waited years for the chance to torture him and he was not going to miss out this time”. However, Mr Johnson said the incident failed to spoil his enjoyment of the race, which involved 65,000 people, including former rower James Cracknell.
Other celebrities involved included former rugby World Cup winner Matt Dawson and Olympic champion sprint hurdler Sally Gunnell.
The event was developed by the Mayor of London and other agencies as part of the Mayor and Transport for London’s cycling programme, which included a cycle hire scheme and a network of cycle superhighways across London as well as cycle training initiatives with the goal to encourage people to cycle more safely, more often.
The cyclist – Bob Carter – did not wish to discuss the incident yesterday.