James May feels “good buff” after spending his lockdown on his bike
James May has briefed us on how his lockdown is going, and according to the Grand Tour presenter, he’s feeling better than ever after spending very little time with fellow presenters Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond. On top of that, James admitted that, no longer needing to drive, he rode a lot more than usual, which made him stronger and even allowed him to lose some weight.
He now looks “well buff”, according to one recent interview.
“I wouldn’t say I particularly missed them. I’ve seen so many of these two idiots in the past 15 years of my life. I don’t long for them in any way.
“I’m definitely healthier, there’s no doubt about it. I am a little thinner, I am stronger. I’m still falling apart but falling apart in a little finer way.
“I think over the past year I’ve taken my car to the landfill a few times to get rid of the cardboard for recycling, so I’ve driven a mile down the road.
“During the time the lockdown ended I went out into the countryside to my pub a few times but honestly I think last year I drove probably a dozen times.
“I have done a lot of cycling because I have the right to. I tried to play by the rules, but I am allowed to cycle once a day for exercise, so pretty much every lock day I rode between five and ten miles.
The interview then moved on to the next episode of The Grand Tour, of which we have already seen a teaser thanks to producer Andy Wilman.
“I’m good buff now but I probably can’t drive my car anymore,” he admits.
The former Top Gear trio have filmed in Scotland for the next special, which we’ll hopefully see on Amazon Prime Video later this year. May doesn’t care that they might be limited to the UK as Covid restricts their travel.
“It’s okay with me. The UK is a wonderful place to drive and much of it is very scenic.
“I know some people think, ‘Well, it’s not very Grand Tour-y. It’s not very exotic if you stay in England ”.
“But you have to remember that our viewers are all over the world.
“So if our UK fans watch TV and, say, we go to India, they think, ‘Wow, that’s amazing. They are driving in India ”.
“But if we ride in the UK, all of our fans in India will be thinking, ‘Wow look at this.’ Everywhere is exotic to someone.
He wanted to assure fans that they will be leaving the country as soon as they can:
“We’ll do bigger ones in more remote and exotic places.
“We don’t know what they are yet. Much will depend on what happens with Covid whether or not there is a second wave, whether or not you need passports.
“Our guess is as good as anyone else’s. Well probably worse actually, because we tend to be terrible at things like that.
“But yes, we are not giving up on it. We’re putting it on hiatus, but in the meantime we’ve done Scotland, we’ll probably be doing another one based in the UK pretty soon.
“So in a way Covid gives you more Grand Tour because we had to do more during Covid that we filmed in the UK, rather than the big ones we were going to do when Covid hit. “