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.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.