My James Martin boycott starts today...

TV chef's Daily Mail article gets right on my wick.

In the pantheon of TV chefs James Martin, presenter of BBC 1's Saturday Kitchen, isn't exactly up there with Gordon Ramsay, Nigella Lawson or Ben out of Big Cook, Little Cook. That hasn't stopped him being asked to write about cars in the Daily Mail's Live Magazine. James loves cars, so fair enough I guess. Hell, I drive and I like cars.  

But what I really, really detest to the point of swearing are lazy 'motoring writers' who resort to the 'all cyclists are tree-hugging, sandal wearing, herbal tree drinkers who don't pay road tax and should be hated by anyone who drives' default. Well done James! In his review of the Tesla electric sportscar he says: "God, I hate those cyclists. Every last herbal tea-drinking, Harriet Harman-voting one of them. That's one of the reasons I live in the countryside, where birds tweet, horses roam, pigs grunt and Lycra-clad buttocks are miles away." I also hate herbal tea.

James then goes on to say how much he likes the silent Tesla as it means he can scare the bejesus out of cyclists. There's nothing like third-rate, me-too Clarksonism is there? And James please remember that a quiet idiot is still an idiot.

Rob Spedding

Editor-in-Chief, Cycling Plus, Cycling Plus Magazine
Editor-in-chief Rob has been pedalling Cycling Plus since 2007. His first proper road bikes were a Raleigh Sprint in the early 1980s and then a Trek 1000 in 1999. A former competitive runner, Rob has repeatedly threatened to become a competitive cyclist in every discipline from time-trailling to hill climbing to bike polo. We're still waiting.
  • Discipline: Road. Mainly commuting but with the occasional mountainous sportive that he'll complain about/fail to complete. Enjoys cake stops. Will never, ever do another triathlon after a bad experience in open water.
  • Preferred Terrain: Gently undulated roads – he's more of a rouleur. Likes gravel.
  • Current Bikes: BMC Alpenchallenge, Viner Perfecta, BMC Granfondo GF0, anything shiny that Warren Rossiter will allow him to ride
  • Dream Bike: Bianchi Specialissima, Raleigh Banana
  • Beer of Choice: Innis and Gunn Original
  • Location: Bath, UK
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