Fan goes for a ride with 'nice guy' Mark Cavendish... but his GPS app failed to record it properly

Carl Grzegorzek took in a lap of the Yas Marina F1 Circuit with Mark Cavendish, and says that the Manxman is "really nice, normal, down to earth guy"

Mark Cavendish and Carl Grzegorzek

(Image credit: Emirates Motor Company/Facebook)

Cycling fan Carl Grzegorzek got the opportunity of a lifetime on Friday when he rode around a lap of the Yas Marina F1 Circuit in Abu Dhabi with Mark Cavendish.

Grzegorzek - an English air traffic controller at the Abu Dhabi International Airport - was the winner of a competition run by a local motor company to get the chance of riding a lap of the 5.5-kilometre Formula One circuit with the Manxman last Tuesday ahead of the Abu Dhabi Tour.

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Nigel Wynn
Former Associate Editor

Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.