Officers from the New York Police Department on Wednesday intercepted a man riding one of the city's CitiBike hire bicycles as he unwittingly rode towards an intersection on Park Avenue just seconds before Barack Obama's presidential motorcade rolled through. To add insult to injury, the episode made the unfortunate rider miss a date.
The incident was caught on video posted to Instagram, with some questioning whether one of the officers was using excessive force on the cyclist, who was very much in the wrong place at the wrong time.
However, one commenter to the video said that when they asked police whether such a strong-arm approach was really necessary, they were told "it's the President."
The cyclist, Daniel Provencio, appears to have had his mind on other things as he obliviously breached the road block - he told TMZ he was listening to the song Call Me Maybe as he pedalled to a date with someone he had met on a dating site the previous evening.
And call his planned date with what must be the Mother of All Excuses for lateness is exactly what he did when police let him go after several hours of questioning, but it was to no avail.
"Manhattan men are huge on punctuality," he reflected.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc 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.