It's time for the second season of the road.cc Podcast in association with Altura, and to kick things off we're speaking to none other than the king of camera cyclists Mike van Erp, better known as CyclingMikey. How does one man with a busy day job have time to make all those submissions to the police, and how does he feel about being wrongly dubbed a 'vigilante'?
We first became aware of Van Erp a number of years ago thanks to his YouTube channel, where he regularly uploads footage of drivers texting at the wheel, speeding, close passing... and perhaps most famously, telling drivers who decide to cut a corner on the wrong side of the road to "go back" at a spot outside Regent's Park that is now known as Gandalf Corner.
He now reports hundreds of drivers a year, recently scoring a points victory over Chris Eubank and filming Frank Lampard with his phone in hand at the wheel. The latter was thrown out due to lack of evidence, despite the footage showing Lampard driving his Mercedes G-Class with a cup of coffee in one hand and a mobile phone in the other.
“…I have no personal feelings about Frank Lampard at all," says Van Erp.
"A few months after I caught him, I was riding through Hyde Park with an autistic friend of mine. He recognised Frank and wanted to have a photo with him, and he was very happy about it.
“Frank was very kind and willing to spend time with him."
How does Van Erp have time to report so many drivers alongside his day job and other commitments?
"It does take some discipline and some practice. What I do is I have a habit of as soon as I come home, I stick the memory cards in my computer and then the files get downloaded onto my import drive. From there I will extract any occurrences from throughout the day and place them in a project folder.
"From there the remainder is really easy. I cut out the piece of video for the incident, give it the same sort of naming schema and make a report from that.
"I don’t spend too much time on this, I have a job and a life and stuff I want to do in my own spare time too. Each incident takes me about 10 to 15 minutes maybe."
And what about those who accuse Van Erp of looking for trouble?
"Now Gandalf Corner, that’s fair enough. When it’s busy… then I will go for an hour or so before work. And that’s mostly because it’s just so dangerous what those drivers are doing.
"I don’t think many people realise how many of our friends are cycling and training around Regent’s Park, and how much risk they are put at by these wrong-side drivers.
"That’s about the only time I do go out and look for stuff. The rest of the time I may take an extra pass along a busy line of traffic if I have a few spare minutes before a work appointment. But apart from that it’s really when I’m just going from place to place."
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Our apologies for the hiccup at around 23 mins, where some of our intro section was replayed. We're also aware of some dips in sound quality - rest assured we're working on it and should have a better-sounding pod for you very soon! Feel free to message us with any feedback or stuff you'd like us to discuss in Season 2 at podcast [at] road.cc
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.