Jeremy Clarkson has previously described cyclists as “lunatics who are waging some kind of idiotic war with anyone normal,” but on tonight’s episode of The Jonathan Ross Show, he reveals that he’s recently lost two stone by riding a bike.
i News reports him as saying: “I went on a gap year. I went on a gap year to Indochina. They just have a better diet out there. Plus I had a bicycle rather than a car. Cycling is not a good thing to do. I’m all broken as a result of it, but I did lose a lot of weight.”
Explaining his motivation for cycling, he said: “Where I was staying was separated from the small town by a mountain, but it was much bigger than Everest. It was only three kilometres and I cycled it every day. I said, ‘I can’t have a drink unless I cycle into town.’ I wanted to get fit.”
The Grand Tour presenter’s anti-cycling comments are arguably just somewhat disingenuous attempts to maintain the Clarkson ‘brand’ and are perhaps not to be taken too seriously.
He has previously spoken effusively about the cycling-centric nature of Copenhagen and said that he would move there “in a heartbeat.”
He also turned up at his West London home on a bike in 2015, a day after being sacked by the BBC.