'It makes you think twice': 80 per cent drop in cyclist numbers following Richmond Park machete attack

Those still riding in the park remain undeterred despite the threat of moped gangs robbing bikes

Richmond Park
(Image credit: Getty)

The leg warmers begin to appear on the paths around Richmond Park, a sure sign that summer is definitely over, the temperature beginning to drop over the past couple of weeks before the clocks go back and plunge us into the darkness of winter at the end of the month.

But the end of the warm weather is only one reason why there may be fewer cyclists in Richmond Park than normal, a machete-clad moped gang robbing bikes has made national news, especially after British pro Alex Richardson was left bloodied, driven into at 60km/h and relieved of his custom S-Works bike.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.