NATIONAL cyclist Vincent Ang is once again in the news for non-sporting reasons.
Citizen journalism website Stomp posted two videos of the SEA Games hopeful being heckled by a driver whose car was involved in a collision with Ang's bicycle early on Wednesday morning.
The accident, which resulted in Ang's bike being pinned under the car, took place near Dunearn Road and Adam Road. It is not clear how the accident occurred.
But the clips, which Ang himself recorded and uploaded on his Facebook account, show the unidentified driver smiling and telling the cyclist - who was not hurt in the accident - to remove his helmet so Ang can "take his picture also".
A police officer stands in the way to prevent the driver from squaring up to Ang. From the videos, the cyclist appears to remain quiet during this time.
The second clip shows his bicycle wedged under the car, which he captions "This was the bike I really wanna use for the SEA Games..."
The Straits Times understands that Ang was cycling in a group, and the driver was honking at two of the cyclists for 20 seconds before coming to a stop. Ang then stopped and spoke to the driver while holding his bike in front of the car with one hand.
According to one source, the driver, who was smoking, took his cigarette and threw it on the ground. He then accelerated so quickly that the bike was crushed beneath his car wheel.
The driver accused the cyclists of hogging the middle of the road, and was hurling vulgarities at them, the source added. He continued to behave aggressively even after police officers arrived.
Police told The Straits Times they received a call at 4.54am requesting for assistance along Adam Road towards Lornie Road. They established that a dispute had occurred between a cyclist and a car driver, and are looking into the matter.
The Singapore Cycling Federation issued a statement on Wednesday night.
It read: "A police report has been made and investigations are currently underway. Ang remains focused on his SEA Games preparations and the event, which is less than three months away.
"No further comments will be made on this matter until it has been resolved by the authorities.
"The Singapore Cycling Federation is thankful that our national cyclist and South-east Asian Games prospect was unscathed.
"We would like to take this opportunity to remind all drivers and riders to drive and ride safely and to be responsible for their actions when it comes to other road users. It is possible for drivers and cyclists to share the road in a harmonious manner."
Ang was also featured on Stomp in January for carrying his two-year-old son in one arm and his mobile phone in the other hand as he allegedly cycled "fast" down Rifle Range Road - all while clad in the red and white of the national cycling team.
He also made the news in 2010 after clashing with a prime mover driver following an apparent road-rage incident.
One of two sprint specialists in a squad of mainly endurance cyclists, Ang is part of a six-man road-race team tasked with winning Singapore's first medal in the event.
He also races on the Asian circuit of the International Cycling Union (UCI) with Thai outfit, Singha Infinite Cycling Team.