Jason Kenny says that a van driver who drove at him while he was out for a bike ride with his 18-month-old son told him “it was my fault we nearly died.”
The six-time Olympic champion, who lives in Cheshire, posted a pair of tweets about the incident on Twitter yesterday.
He said: “On a nice Sunday afternoon I go for a ride with our 18 months old son only to be almost run over by a van driver who drove at us, then proceeded to inform me that it was my fault we nearly died.
The 30-year-old continued: “In his dense skull he believes he has right of way so is willing to kill someone? What’s wrong with people?!
“Seriously, do we think that little of cyclists in this country?
“I’m ashamed to breath the same air as this man,” he added.
A number of people replying to his tweets recounted their own experiences of aggressive driving, including some who highlighted being subjected to close passes while out cycling with their own children.
Kenny married four-time Olympic gold medallist Laura Trott in September 2016 and their son Albert was born the following August.
The couple have both been named in the Great Britain Cycling Team for the UCI Track World Championships, which begin in Pruszków, Poland a week on Wednesday.
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.