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Clarkson takes to two wheels in Top Gear cycle challenge

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 28, 2014

  • Jeremy Clarkson and James May on bikes in central London as they film a segment for an upcoming episode for the BBC driving programme, of Top Gear.

  • Jeremy Clarkson and James May on bikes in central London as they film a segment for an upcoming episode for the BBC driving programme, of Top Gear.

  • Jeremy Clarkson on bikes in central London as they film a segment for an upcoming episode for the BBC driving programme, of Top Gear.

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Motormouth Jeremy Clarkson is forced on to two wheels for his latest Top Gear challenge – after years of grumbling about cyclists.

The presenter pops on his hi-vis jacket and helmet before tackling the streets of London as he and James May are tasked with shooting a safe cycling public information film.

And Clarkson is given a taste of the difficulties of pedalling around the city when he has a hair-raising near miss with a bus.

The duo take a short tour of the city’s streets on a fact-finding mission before making their own film, which they present to Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman as well as officials from Westminster Council.

In the past Clarkson has been unable to hide his frustration with cyclists, grumbling on the BBC show at one stage that they “deserve” road rage.

And in January he posted a picture of a cyclist in front of his vehicle, with a message which said: “It’s middle of the road point-makers like this who make car drivers so angry about cyclists.

The pair’s experiences will feature in the edition of the show to be screened on BBC2 on Sunday at 8pm.

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