A professional triathlete in Great Britain defended his decision to ride his bicycle for nine hours — traversing 201 miles — in Norfolk, England amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
Joe Skipper, a bronze medalist in the 2015 long distance triathlon world championships, received an array of social media backlash when he posted his mileage on the activity-tracking app Strava. In Great Britain citizens are quarantining and have been recommended by the government to only leave the house once a day to exercise or go shopping for essential goods.
Skipper posted his nine-hour bike ride and noted that since he was following those guidelines, he "better make it count."
Social media skeptics accused Skipper of disobeying the government's COVID-19 restrictions. Skipper jabbed back by noting he technically did not break those rules and that he had consulted a doctor and took food and drink along with him for the long bike ride. Under U.K. government guidelines put into place since March 23, it does not specify how long the once-a-day exercise trip should be but does suggest the goal is meant to minimize time spent outside.
In response to one Twitter critic, Skipper said: "If they put a (government) ban on exercise I'll adhere to that but currently it is OK to ride your bike."
Because I’m not doing anything wrong at the moment. Government guidelines state you can exercise once a day, there’s no time limit on it. Strava is very toxic at the moment and my account was mostly private anyway. If they put a total ban on outside exercise I’ll adhere to it,
In addition to his triathlon success, the 32-year-old Skipper twice finished in the top 10 at the Ironman World Championships at Kona, Hawaii.
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