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Not your typical mid-ride bonk ... and not your typical kind of protection, either

A student has described how she saw a cyclist – complete with helmet – having sex in some bushes on a common in southwest London.

University of Roehampton English Literature and Philosophy student Sian Carpenter was travelling along Putney Commondale on Monday afternoon when she spotted the amorous couple.

> Team Sky reported to have tested whether Viagra helps riders' endurance

The 21-year-old told The Sun: “I was on a bus going past Commondale and I saw a cyclist only slightly behind the trees, in the full get up – even his helmet.

“So obviously I’m thinking ‘what’s he doing there’ so I glanced over and that’s when I saw the other person in front of him and the penny dropped.

“It was so funny. I doubted if that was what actually was happening though, then another person on the bus reacted and turned round really shocked so then I knew I was right.

She added: “What was weird to me was that the other person was just dressed normally in a coat – I don’t know how it would have happened.”

We don’t know either – but it has got us wondering whether Team Sky are still testing out the performance-enhancing benefits of Viagra and, if so, which of its riders might have been training in the area yesterday?

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.