James Martin has made a public apology for comments he made against cyclists in an article in the Mail on Sunday.

The apology appeared on Tuesday afternoon on Martin’s website.

“May I take this opportunity to apologise for any offence I have caused through the article in last weekend’s Mail on Sunday,” wrote Martin.

“It was never my intention to offend the many cyclists who share our roads across the country. What was intended to be a humorous piece was clearly misjudged. Further more I do not condone any form of reckless driving.”

“Once again, I am sincerely sorry for any upset caused in relation to this article. James Martin”

The TV chef and motoring journalist had caused a torrent of complaints – and abuse – from the cycling community after he wrote about his hatred of cyclists, and that he had taken his revenge by running several off the road.

“God, I hate those cyclists. Every last herbal tea-drinking, Harriet Harman-voting one of them,” wrote Martin

“Twenty minutes into my test drive I pulled round a leafy bend, enjoying the birdsong – and spotted those damned Spider-Man cyclists. Knowing they wouldn’t hear me coming, I stepped on the gas, waited until the split second before I overtook them, then gave them an almighty blast on the horn at the exact same time I passed them at speed.”

“The look of sheer terror as they tottered into the hedge was the best thing I’ve ever seen in my rear-view mirror. I think this could be the car for me.”

The comments were made in a review of a Tesla electric-powered sports car. Cycling stars Bradley Wiggins and Robbie McEwen had joined the angry reaction to Martin’s article.

As a result of complaints, the Mail removed the offending final paragraph from the online version of the article.

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  • Ian W

    Obviously I’m making a complaint to the press complaints commission, via http://www.pcc.org.uk/complaints/form.html but their automated reply notes that you have to send them the original article – either by post or email attachment – for them to actually act on it. The MoS website has made edits etc, so pointless to link to, So, has anyone got either an archived version of the website, or a scan of the paper version hosted somewhere?

  • Ian W

    Obviously I’m making a complaint to the press complaints commission, via http://www.pcc.org.uk/complaints/form.html but their automated reply notes that you have to send them the original article – either by post or email attachment – for them to actually act on it. The MoS website has made edits etc, so pointless to link to, So, has anyone got either an archived version of the website, or a scan of the paper version hosted somewhere?

  • Pete McGuckian

    James Martin obviously doesn’t appreciate the gravity of what he’s done and the seriousness of the offence.
    I was knocked of my bike by a motorist in the fashion James Martin has descibed and suffered serious cuts and bruises requiring hospital treatment. The driver was reported, interviewed by the police and taken to court. He was banned for 12 months, fined £700 and had to pay compensation of £3000.
    I would advise anyone who is a victim of a motoring offence to lie in the road until an ambulance and the police arrive, that way you get a professional witness and a good chance of getting a conviction.

    By the way, as TV chefs go…he’s crap!

    Pete McGuckian
    Chair Macclesfield Wheelers

  • David Milne

    I’m not quite sure what he’s trying to say here. That he made up the scaring the cyclist bit as joke or that was for real but the article was meant to be humourous?

  • simon checkley

    clearly there are are more of us than I thought with no apetite for herbal tea and Harriet Harman.

  • D Adams

    OK, so Martin has apologised for the comment in the article. However he has not indicated that his story was a journalistic fabrication so apparently he did assault the cyclists he described but he has failed to apologise to them and presumably the many other cyclists that he has put at risk by his bad driving. How can any car company want to give him a free car to drive? Do the think that he can do anything but damage their image and sales????

  • Amelia

    I thought I’d be outraged, but this guy is like many of the other miscreants I share the road with on a daily basis. He’s just got a nicer and douchier car to attempt vehicular homicide with. Way to be average.

  • David Peoples

    James’ “apology” is a sham and an insult. Although it initially seemed he had none at all, James apparently has enough balls to allege that his comments were “misjudged”. Bullshit. The only thing that was misjudged prior to this furor was the integrity and validity of Mr. Martin as a person of character.

  • Mick Such

    There has been uproar about this mans comments and his behaviour.
    It is unknown what the condition of the cyclists involved in this incident are after his high pranks and laugh. I, as a serving Officer in the Police Force with over 12 years service and also a cyclist for over 20 years would like to see positive action taken against Mr Martin.
    1st off there is the matter of Driving without due care, and also failing to stop at the scene of a Road Traffic Accident and also the other offence of failing to report the accident to the Police within 24 hours of the incident.
    Mr Martin had no regard for the safety or welfare of the cyclist after he caused them to crash. How does he know that one of them did not have a serious injury due to his driving standards.
    I would recommend that some high up power in the cycling world take this action to the IPCC and recommend that Mr Martin be taken into account for his actions.
    After all he has admitted all the offences outlined above. He might think better of cycling and spider clad riders when his Drivers Licence is taken off him by the courts and he has to cycle everywhere.

  • Kevin Taylor

    The irony is that if you watched his pathetic attempt at the Mille Miglia it was so blatent that his bank balance is inversely proportional to his IQ, but his arrogance was perfectly matched… We should challenge him and that g#t Clarkson to a ride one time, or even better, knowing that Prost, Webber and Button (as well as a lot of Moto GP riders) are cyclists… get them on our side!

    Kevin