When former pro-cyclist Jens Voigt saw Colwyn Bay’s cycle path, he was left speechless - almost.
So uber-amazed was the German champ by Wales’ efforts to make life easier for cyclists, he put a photo of the loopy lane on his Facebook page, accompanied by #wow.
The zig-zag section of the path that runs along the promenade in Colwyn Bay, north Wales, looks more like an attempt to facilitate the impending penny farthing revival, rather than a means to encourage safe, swift transportation on two - evenly sized - wheels.
Nonetheless, Voigt, who lost his one-hour cycling world record in Switzerland last year to Austria's Matthias Brandle, was compelled to share Conwy council’s confusing lane on social media, where it has racked up over 6500 ‘likes’ and more than 1000 ‘shares’ in two weeks.
One commenter labelled the ridiculously shaped route ‘stupidity at its finest’, while another showed that the French are also up to speed when it comes to subversive cycle paths.
Conwy council and Sustrans, who maintain the path, said: “The cycle lane used to weave in and out around lighting columns on the seaward side of the promenade. These lighting columns have now been moved to the other side of the road to reduce the corrosion due to seawater spray.”
The council has stated that plans are “currently being drawn up to rationalise and straighten the lane markings now that the lighting columns have been relocated.”
Voigt, two times yellow jersey winner in the Tour de France, has been unavailable for comment.