A driver from Alabama USA has been arrested after posting incriminating videos of himself online, first ranting about cyclists and then allegedly attempting to scare a pair of cyclists with a close pass.
According to The Aniston Star, Calhoun County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Keith Maddox of Piedmont after complaints from cyclists about Maddox’s videos, in which he rants about cyclists getting in his way as he drives to work.
After passing one rider, Maddox can be heard saying “I’m going to hurt one of them one of these days, I can’t help it. I’m going to do it, I can’t help it.”
In his most recent video, after Maddox pulls alongside a pair of riders, he is heard to say: “That scare ya boys? Get your pedalin’ butts off the road. God I hate cyclists.”
Maddox has been charged with misdemeanour reckless endangerment.
YouTube user Jeff McCord compiled Maddox’s three videos - apparently filmed using a handheld mobile phone - into one clip:
Maddox has since removed the videos from his Facebook page and issued an apology.
He wrote: “I want to publicly apologize to all people that I have offended over those absolute stupid videos that I posted ... anybody who knows me knows that would never ever intentionally hurt anyone. I am truly sorry for anyone I may have offended ... and please everyone share the road and be very aware of bicycle riders everywhere.”
Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.
Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.
The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.