We’ve all been there. You go for a quiet bike ride on the Sunday of a Bank Holiday weekend with hardly a care in the world, then get back to work on the Tuesday and all hell breaks loose.
Well, that’s what’s happened to Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn today as Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap general election for 8 June.
Ahead of the news that sent shockwaves through Westminster this morning, the Hertfordshire Mercury reported that he stopped off in Ware on Sunday while on a cycling trip along the River Lea.
He was snapped in Café Frappé in the Hertfordshire town with its owner, Kader Mert, together with her partner, Cem.
Ms Mert revealed that she was already a Corbyn supporter, saying: "It was a surprise. I'm still in shock. He was very nice. I love him to bits – he is such a lovely person."
Labour can therefore count on at least one vote in Ware, but Hertford & Stortford. the constituency the town lies in, is almost certain to be staying blue.
The sitting MP, the Conservative Mark Prisk, has a solid majority of 21,509 – slightly more than Corbyn’s own 21,194 majority in Islington North.
And with six weeks of campaigning ahead, it’s unlikely Corbyn will have much of a chance for another pleasant Sunday afternoon bike ride for a while.
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.