My name is Kevin Mayne.
Why am I blogging?
For 14 years I was Chief Executive of CTC, the UK’s national cyclists’ organisation.
In 2012 I left CTC to join the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) as Director of Development based in their Brussels office.
Cycling has been an ever-present theme throughout my life as commuter, racer, tourist, mountain biker – call it what you will. In 1998 the CTC Council allowed me a unique opportunity to combine this life with my professional passion which is organisations and and the people that make them tick.
In my new role I am having the chance to bring these twin threads together even more. One of my major projects is to try and support vibrant and sustainable cyclists’ organisations in every country.
And as I travel I hope to have a bit of an insight into cycling culture, places and people. That is a special opportunity that I hope I can share, along with the pleasure of so many new places. I have even generated a few comments about life in Belgium, without I hope being too rude to my hosts.
And I suppose the blog reflects the feedback I have had over the years from within cycling. Whenever I cycle with people we bond and we build relationships – the camaderie of the wheel.
So if you are cycling in your city and you see someone like this taking your photo from the roadside, give them a wave. You could be in a blog.
Photo by Andrzej Felczak, Radlobby Österreich
Disclaimer, health warning, policy stuff
This is a personal project. I’m doing it in my own time to share some of the enjoyment I get from cycling, or indeed from anything else that pops into my head. So I am totally allowed to go off message and into areas I like.
I’m also not aiming to earn any money, strictly for fun. (Exception for the odd personal sale)
That means I won’t be blogging officially about policy stuff, or campaigning, or anything that crosses over into the day job with ECF. Ok, I’ve got a unique opportunity because my day job is cycling, but if you want to engage me on ECF or policy issues please don’t do it through the blog, contact me in Brussels.
The other stuff
I’m in my early 50s.
From November 2012 I live in the commune of Lasne, Brabant-Wallon, Belgium. I moved there from Berkshire England where I lived for the past ten years.
I grew up largely in Bungay, Suffolk, England which I regard as my home town and its where my parents still live.
I will admit to having at least 11 or 12 bicycles (at the moment) including two city/hybrids for daily use, two MTBs, two road bikes, two touring bikes, two fixies and a Chinese Flying Pigeon.