Watch: Spectator with camera knocks down rider at National Championships

JLT Condor rider Kristian House is knocked off his bike by a spectator taking a photo on the cobbled climb on the Lincoln circuit

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JLT Condor rider Kristian House was sent sprawling across the cobblestones in Sunday’s National Championships road race in Lincoln by a spectator in the road taking a photograph.

It’s an occurrence we are seeing more and more regularly in cycle races around the world – spectators encroaching on the racing arena to get a good snap of the riders in action.

What this spectator failed to remember is that through a camera lens, things look a lot further away than they actually are, which explains why the man didn’t realise that House was about to crash into him.

The rider was understandbly furious as he hit the cobbles on Michaelgate, marching back over the road to confront the spectator before being urged to get back on his bike.

At the end of the video the photographer makes a sheepish exit from his vantage point. Hopefully he didn’t walk into any photographers on his way to his next location.

It’s not the first time this year that a spectator with a camera has disrupted a race, with Italian Daniele Colli suffering a broken arm at the Giro d’Italia when he hit a protruding lens in the final stages of the race.

And who can forget the man who lay in the road at Ghent-Wevelgem last year and nearly got flattened by the charging peloton?