Oh whoa. The Axeon Hagens Berman U23 development team narrowly avoided hitting Justin Bieber as he stepped out into the Pacific Coast Highway near Malibu on Wednesday afternoon.
“We were just rolling down PCH and some guy kinda yells and stepped into the road a bit,” rider Justin Oien told VeloNews. “We kept going and then one of the guys realized it was Justin Bieber. Of course we stopped, we turned around. We thought, that would be cool to get a photo.”
VeloNews did not reach out to Bieber for comment, because we don’t have his phone number. But the pop star once said, “Swag swag swag, on you / Chillin’ by the fire while we eatin’ fondue,” which seems relevant.
The 16 Axeon riders stopped their training ride and massed for a photo with Bieber. Latvian rider Krists Neilands — “he was super excited,” said Oien — put a video of the encounter up on Instagram.
“I’m a fan of Justin,” Oien admitted later Wednesday evening.
The team spent about an hour on the side of the road, according to Oien, before continuing its training ride up one of the many steep climbs off PCH.
Celebrity news site TMZ picked up the story, noting that “Justin Bieber could be roadkill right now after a dangerous close call with a pack of cyclists,” but ignoring the fact that, like most roadkill, such a result would likely have been Bieber’s own fault.
Is it too late now to say sorry? It’s not, Mr. Bieber, and you might want to watch where you’re walking next time.