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Renowned cycle-hater and his co-star James May film Top Gear segment on bikes in the capital

It’s just weeks since that infamous ding-dong with a cyclist he accused on Twitter of ‘point-making’ for taking a safe position in the road, but Jeremy Clarkson’s on a bike on the streets of London, and this time it’s in the name of work.

Spotted around the centre of the capital on an upright hybrid bicycle, accompanied by his co-star James May, who sported a Brompton, the pair appeared to be filming their faces with GoPro cameras attached to the handlebars.

Both had gone to some lengths to equip themselves with safety gear, including matching helmets, hi-viz jackets and gloves, and sunglasses despite the gloomy day.

It seemed Mr Clarkson’s jacket was so new he had in face omitted to remove the tags yet, as pictures published in the Daily Mail show.

The pair were being filmed for the new series of the BBC show Top Gear, followed by a camera crew on a motorbike as they made their way around the West End.

Although Clarkson has been spotten on a bike before, the GoPro is a new addition, and perhaps surprising given that in 2011 his co-presenter Richard Hammond, a keen cyclist, had been talking on screen about a BBC News feature on cylists wearing helmetcams “so they can video examples of road rage and people cutting them up on their bikes,” to which Clarkson interjected, “But cyclists deserve it,” the exchange continuing:

Hammond: “Don’t say that!”

Clarkson: “But they do deserve it, honestly. The other week, no honestly, there I am sitting in a traffic jam in London” – oh, the irony – “and a Frenchman, he was tried to cycle between the pavement and my car and after he’d removed most of the paint with his brake handle thing he came round to the drivers door to tell me off in that silly accent French people have.”

Hammond: “What, a French accent?”

Clarkson: “Yes, that, and I said to him, listen if you just work hard you can have a car.”

Hammond: “You are exactly the reason why I want a camera on my bicycle helmet when I cycle.”

Clarkson: “Why?”

Hammond: “When idiots like you get out of their car having cut me up – ”

Clarkson: “Who pays the road tax?”

Hammond: “Well – ”

Clarkson: “I’m sorry, I don’t mind if cyclists want to come on the road with their silly Victorian distractions, I’m not bothered, but they must behave themselves.”

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.

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JohnnyRemo [140 posts] 2 years ago
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Clarkson always leaves the tags on for "comic" effect...

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congokid [252 posts] 2 years ago
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spotten?

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Rouboy [88 posts] 2 years ago
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How can someone who so overtly hates cyclists ever do us any favours. Once an A hole always an..........!!

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oo03sjw [12 posts] 2 years ago
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Looks lke his airbag has deployed.

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700c [817 posts] 2 years ago
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His humour thrives on people who take him seriously. Please, just don't!

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Notsofast [95 posts] 2 years ago
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Loving the lycra over jeans look  1
His on screen character is there to provoke, really you should all know by now his tongue is permanently attached to his cheek.
Looking forward to TG tonight

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Bikebikebike [186 posts] 2 years ago
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Notsofast wrote:

Loving the lycra over jeans look  1
His on screen character is there to provoke, really you should all know by now his tongue is permanently attached to his cheek.
Looking forward to TG tonight

Maybe. But the photo-ing and harrassing of the cyclist taking the lane was real-life Clarkson in the real-life world acting every inch the braying and bullying twunt most (reasonable) people think he is.

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Jack Osbourne snr [385 posts] 2 years ago
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His entire fortune has been made on his skill in being provocative and controversial.

I love Jeremy Clarkson.

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Miles253 [198 posts] 2 years ago
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Top gear is funny, if clarkson wasn't a twat it wouldn't be

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big mick [179 posts] 2 years ago
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Jack Osbourne snr wrote:

His entire fortune has been made on his skill in being provocative and controversial.

I love Jeremy Clarkson.

I don't I would like to kick him in the balls hard and while I was at it do the same to his mate Dave.When will they leave the road tax shite alone.Road tax does not and has not existed since I think 1936.If cyclist had VED it would cost £0 anyway.  102

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don simon [717 posts] 2 years ago
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Got it now. The whole selfish cyclist taking up half the road thing was a publicity stunt. Clever folks these marketeers.

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When will they leave the road tax shite alone.Road tax does not and has not existed since I think 1936.If cyclist had VED it would cost £0 anyway.

I wonder if JC is aware of this.......

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Hector Ch [53 posts] 2 years ago
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"in face omitted" ?

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CJSTEVENS1955 [86 posts] 2 years ago
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You bloody Brits take everything so personally, you cant even see when your being wound up.

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parksey [343 posts] 2 years ago
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It'll be interesting to see the context of this feature in the show. It possibly does follow the Twitter furore the other week, but no doubt from Clarkson's "unique" perspective.

Being a car enthusiast as much as I am a keen cyclist, I do enjoy Top Gear. Some do need to appreciate though that Clarkson very much has an on-screen/on-paper persona, so much of what he says has to be taken with a liberal pinch of salt...

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oldstrath [494 posts] 2 years ago
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parksey wrote:

It'll be interesting to see the context of this feature in the show. It possibly does follow the Twitter furore the other week, but no doubt from Clarkson's "unique" perspective.

Being a car enthusiast as much as I am a keen cyclist, I do enjoy Top Gear. Some do need to appreciate though that Clarkson very much has an on-screen/on-paper persona, so much of what he says has to be taken with a liberal pinch of salt...

Absolutely true, but the kind of drivel he tweeted abiut the cyclist "in his way" has to be opposed by any available means, whoever says it.

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matheson [54 posts] 2 years ago
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CJSTEVENS1955 wrote:

You bloody Brits take everything so personally, you cant even see when your being wound up.

Not so much that, it's that the TV license robbery helps pay him to do it. That and he's a complete dick on & off screen, as has been noted ad nauseam.

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Nick T [913 posts] 2 years ago
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Bikebikebike wrote:

Maybe. But the photo-ing and harrassing of the cyclist taking the lane was real-life Clarkson in the real-life world acting every inch the braying and bullying twunt most (reasonable) people think he is.

Has the shocking coincidence of the timing of that event and the new series of TG featuring a segment on cycling been that lost on you?

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giobox [352 posts] 2 years ago
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Bikebikebike wrote:
Notsofast wrote:

Loving the lycra over jeans look  1
His on screen character is there to provoke, really you should all know by now his tongue is permanently attached to his cheek.
Looking forward to TG tonight

Maybe. But the photo-ing and harrassing of the cyclist taking the lane was real-life Clarkson in the real-life world acting every inch the braying and bullying twunt most (reasonable) people think he is.

I really doubt it was real life him. Clarkson's twitter feed is just as much a part of his stage persona as the show.

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Sarah Barth [86 posts] 2 years ago
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It's worth noting that Top Gear actually makes money for the bbc as it's sold worldwide for a massive fortune.

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arfa [694 posts] 2 years ago
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I wouldn't give a toss were it not for the fact some people take him seriously. Just last week I had a middle aged man try to force me off a narrow road by driving very deliberately at me, presumably out of some false sense of primacy of the type JC espouses. Now in the hands of the met police as a witness reported it, so that the met can file a report (in the big round filing cabinet called the bin).

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big mick [179 posts] 2 years ago
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CJSTEVENS1955 wrote:

You bloody Brits take everything so personally, you cant even see when your being wound up.

It's not that.The half wit cavs buy Clarksons patter as truth and put our lives at risk every day because of it.That I take personally

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movingtarget [144 posts] 2 years ago
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The problem with inflammatory comments couched in it's-part-of-my-persona-you-obviously-don't-have-a-sense-of-humor-isms is that there's a slippery slope between jest and dangerously bigoted targeting. If you take the phrase "they're cyclists and they deserve to be [menaced off the road by 2 ton vehicles, punched by aggro luxury car drivers, killed by mini van drivers unused to driving when a bright disc is visible in the sky ...]" and insert another group like "they're women wearing tight Lycra and they deserve to be [whistled at, propositioned, felt up, don't really mean it when they say no, dragged off by their hair into a dark alley ...] it dehumanizes them making greater leaps of questionable behavior less questionable. IMHO it's dangerous and irresponsible to say even in jest that it's okay to intimidate someone with a car because then you could also say that it's okay to wave a gun around in someone's face because "I didn't really mean it officer, he just didn't get the joke." Grounds for being reincarnated as a rock.

Oh and in the US motorized vehicles are assessed road taxes based how much estimated road damage is caused by whatever vehicular class you fall into, mainly based on vehicle weight, since the taxes go towards maintaining the road infrastructure. Doubtful a 200 pound bicycle and rider causes much if any road damage and even in Portland where a lot of people use alternative transportation, most of us also have a car so still pay road taxes in some form.

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matheson [54 posts] 2 years ago
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Sarah Barth wrote:

It's worth noting that Top Gear actually makes money for the bbc as it's sold worldwide for a massive fortune.

Yes, that makes it so much more bearable when the half-wits that buy into his sh!t think it's OK to behave like him.

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Critchio [163 posts] 2 years ago
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I used to be a massive fan of Top Gear years ago. If I couldn't watch it when it was broadcast I'd record it on VHS videotape recorder! But the last few series that I've just briefly observed I always think, "these guys really are a bunch of pricks now." The show needs new blood, new presenters and slightly different content. That neanderthalic dinosaur JC need to go, he does nothing for the show, for motorists and he is really quite irritating now. Its the reason I don't watch it any more.

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levermonkey [642 posts] 2 years ago
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Think I'll wait for the segment to be aired. (Just to be fair you understand.)

Then I'll lynch him for being the TW*T he is!

Loved the airbag comment.

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stumps [3183 posts] 2 years ago
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He is brilliant and his ability to wind people up - look at some of the responces on here - is second to none.

Its time for people to grow up and just accept that there are people in this world who hate cyclists just like the bigotry being shown here towards Clarkson.

By the way he is on now... series link set  4

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mrmo [2013 posts] 2 years ago
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stumps wrote:

He is brilliant and his ability to wind people up - look at some of the responces on here - is second to none.

Problem is some people take him seriously.

If you take him as a grumpy old man who hates everyone fine, if you take him as a role model....

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Bikebikebike [186 posts] 2 years ago
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giobox wrote:
Bikebikebike wrote:
Notsofast wrote:

Loving the lycra over jeans look  1
His on screen character is there to provoke, really you should all know by now his tongue is permanently attached to his cheek.
Looking forward to TG tonight

Maybe. But the photo-ing and harrassing of the cyclist taking the lane was real-life Clarkson in the real-life world acting every inch the braying and bullying twunt most (reasonable) people think he is.

I really doubt it was real life him. Clarkson's twitter feed is just as much a part of his stage persona as the show.

Not sure it was his twitter feed shouting at a cyclist who had just nearly been run off his bike. I would say that was him.

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Bikebikebike [186 posts] 2 years ago
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stumps wrote:

He is brilliant and his ability to wind people up - look at some of the responces on here - is second to none.

Its time for people to grow up and just accept that there are people in this world who hate cyclists just like the bigotry being shown here towards Clarkson.

By the way he is on now... series link set  4

I'm not getting annoyed, it's just my online persona getting annoyed. Also, I think that Clarkson should be run over by a lorry. And 95% of the police force should also run over by a lorry. Twice. That percentage are almost certainly racist, homophobic anti-cyclists who love their power and only do their job to push people around.

Ha ha, that's just a joke, my online persona saying that, just to get a reaction. I don't really mean it. Or do I? Either way, I'm nearly as hiiiiilarious as Clarkson. All I need to do is ... put some needless pauses in my sentences .... for comic effect.

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stumps [3183 posts] 2 years ago
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Bikebikebike wrote:
stumps wrote:

He is brilliant and his ability to wind people up - look at some of the responces on here - is second to none.

Its time for people to grow up and just accept that there are people in this world who hate cyclists just like the bigotry being shown here towards Clarkson.

By the way he is on now... series link set  4

I'm not getting annoyed, it's just my online persona getting annoyed. Also, I think that Clarkson should be run over by a lorry. And 95% of the police force should also run over by a lorry. Twice. That percentage are almost certainly racist, homophobic anti-cyclists who love their power and only do their job to push people around.

Ha ha, that's just a joke, my online persona saying that, just to get a reaction. I don't really mean it. Or do I? Either way, I'm nearly as hiiiiilarious as Clarkson. All I need to do is ... put some needless pauses in my sentences .... for comic effect.

I agree 95% of the Police force should be run over and then we can claim mega bucks in compensation, after all we work for each other to get the right outcome, unlike the poor members of the public, oooooh sorry was thinking out loud there  3 3 3

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