Australia is one of the world’s stricter nations when it comes to cycling laws and regulations.
However, one of the country’s TV news stations, 7 News Adelaide, has taken it upon themselves to turn the cycling-fear mongering dial up another notch with a story they’ve run on a cyclist performing a “dangerous stunt” in the Adelaide hills.
The “stunt” they are referring to appears in footage of what looks to be a professional rider holding on to his or her team car during a training ride.
— 7 News Adelaide (@7NewsAdelaide) January 8, 2018
The rider can be seen grabbing a tow from the car as they climb the picturesque Adelaide hills east of the South Australian city and, having clearly watched endless hours of professional cycling, the news team at the Australian station felt it was appropriate to warn everyone of the dangerous stunt being pulled by the reckless duo.
They also fail to say that the road is completely empty with no oncoming cars or overtaking traffic as they slowly make their way up the road. Naturally, cycling fans came out in force to ridicule the news station for their “news” segment.
Oh dear. Channel @7NewsAdelaide really showing their anti-cyclist colours here with rampant ignorance…
— Raj Deut (@rajdeut) January 8, 2018
Typical lack of thought by @Channel7 – perhaps try not to so obviously create division and you might be held in a bit higher esteem. Neither #cyclist nor car driver are the problem- lazy, low grade reporting is.
— Rohan I (@the_impey) January 8, 2018
I hope there is a story of a dog wagging its tail. Please follow up?
— redline cycling (@redlinersonline) January 8, 2018
Professional rider and his support vehicle for TDU – fake news!!@7NewsAdelaide pic.twitter.com/XNTnkesHuv
— Jeff (@itssosydney) January 9, 2018
The city is seeing a big increase in cyclists at the moment as it hosts the latest edition of the Santos Tour Down Under, the season opening race that’s been around since 1999.
With the cycling world’s eyes firmly placed on the southern hemisphere, the likes of Peter Sagan, Richie Porte and Andre Greipel will be gracing the Australian roads for the week-long race from January 16 to January 22.