Not directly from cycling of course. Cycling, according to research, extends your life by two years whilst making you look 10 years younger (which explains my boyish good looks!). So by cycling I am extending my life and my sex appeal. Hopefully my wife will agree.
So why should I be dead?
Posting youtube videos of cycling incidents would appear to the culprit and should come with a health warning:
Being a Helmet Camera Cyclist Can Seriously End Your Life
So how does posting videos of incidents on the road reduce your life expectancy?
Some would suggest that it is because I take risks trying to get some worthy footage to post. Recklessly throwing myself under the wheels of HGVs, or endlessly cycling up and down a busy road in search of that elusive close pass.
It's not that either. Although I have had plenty of people suggest that that is what I do!
There is a much more direct threat to a Helmet Camera Cyclists life than that. Quite a shocking threat at that. The threat comes from the
Here are some examples (from my youtube account) of the power of the ITG:
You're lucky, I would have run you over
if i was drivin that van i woulda smacked u with the door as i drove by
If there was a pothole i would have knocked you down it.
How can I possibly still be alive if so many people are willing and able to run me over!?!
I can think of three possibilities. Either by some freak of statistics I have yet to come across the 1% of the population who are the real hard men and who really will run me over when they see me (or any other cyclist, probably), or it is possible that youtube is not entirely representative of a normal population (shock horror!), or
and this one REALLY is a long shot......
....perhaps as soon as the network cable is unplugged Internet Tough Guy has to return to being the sad, misunderstood loner, who probably can't even afford to buy a car, never mind actually be able to drive one.
I don't feel angry at them, I feel sorry for them.
Come here and give me a great big hug......