We see a lot of videos of near misses and road rage, and usually it is pretty clear at the cause of the incident. But a video uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday has got us scratching our heads.
The video was shot by YouTube user Nastyevilninja as they waited on their motorbike at a busy road junction in Birmingham (correctly positioned behind the cyclists’ advanced stop box). A cyclist rides normally into the junction of the A38 from the right, albeit it rather slowly.
The rider then executes a decent dismount mid-way through the box junction before launching his bike up the road and onto the pavement, seemingly in a fit of rage.
For once, there doesn’t appear to have been anyone else involved: no clash with a motorist or other rider. The bike’s tyres also appear to be okay, so we can’t blame the anguish of a puncture – something that most cyclists can relate to.
Maybe it was another mechanical issue that raised the rider’s blood pressure, or an incident earlier in their journey. Maybe he failed to reclaim a Strava KOM on the commute or had a bad day at the office.
Or perhaps he wished to emulate the legendary bike launch by Sir Bradley Wiggins, where his machine came to rest neatly against a wall during the 2013 Giro del Trentino.
We’re likely never to know. But our sympathy goes out to both the rider and his bike.
What we do know is that the person stood on the corner totally ignores the entire incident.