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Bradford cyclist faces summons - for pulling 180-metre wheelie

Rider was being followed by police motorbike - careless and inconsiderate cycling charge ensues

A cyclist in Bradford is set to be summonsed for careless and inconsiderate cycling – after police caught him pulling a wheelie for 180 metres along a busy road.

The male cyclist, who has not been named, performed his trick on a Genesis mountain bike on Queens Road at 3 o’clock last Friday afternoon, reports the Telegraph & Argus.

Unfortunately for the rider, a member of West Yorkshire Police’s Bradford district anti-social behaviour team was behind him on a motorbike and pulled him over after seeing him “weaving about.”

"He was stopped at the roadside and couldn’t really see what all the fuss was all about," a police spokesman said.

"That’s not acceptable on busy main roads with heavy traffic. He was reported for the offence of careless and inconsiderate cycling (section 29 Road Traffic Act 1988) and will be receiving a summons to attend court for his selfish manner of riding.

"There is a time and place for that, and Queens Road at 3pm is certainly not one of them."

Legal issues aside, holding a wheelie – or ‘manual’ as it’s also known – for 180 metres is getting close to the former Guinness World Record of 209 metres set by American Zachary Hutelin in 2011, and beaten last December by New Zealand teen Harry Denton, who rode 334 metres on his back wheel.

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Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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