The Queen reveals she is 'not a fan of cyclists'

Queen reveals view of cyclists during photoshoot with David and Fenton Bailey in March

bradley wiggins, olympic champion, throne, hampton court

Despite Britain's continued growth into a great cycling nation and despite the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Sir Bradley Wiggins being appointed Knights of the Realm, the Queen is apparently 'not a fan' of cyclists.

The Queen made the comment during a royal photoshoot with celebrated photographer David Bailey and his assistant son, Fenton, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The comment was made as part of a conversation about the recent spate of cycling accidents in London during a portrait shoot in March. “She’s not a fan of cyclists... We were talking about the accidents. They did not surprise her,” Fenton Bailey told Telegraph diarist Tim Walker.

Her majesty's comment means that there is slim chance of seeing her and Prince Philip on a tandem during this year's RideLondon 100, which finishes outside Buckingham Palace in August. Seems a great shame.

Nigel Wynn
Nigel Wynn

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, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.