From January 2012 to October 2020 this blog was the personal project of Kevin Mayne.
Since October 2020 updating and posting to the blog have been suspended, to find out more see the post here.
The blog is left up as an archive and personal record, but the content is not being updated and some links to external content may not be maintained.
History of idonotdespair.com
For 14 years I was Chief Executive of CTC, the UK’s national cyclists’ organisation, now CyclingUK.
In 2012 I left CTC to join the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) as Director of Development based in their Brussels office, and after 7 amazing years working for the cyclists’ movements of Europe I became Chief Executive of Cycling Industries Europe, a trade association for businesses working in the cycling sector.
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.
When I came into my international role I got the chance to bring these twin threads together even more. One of my major projects was to support vibrant and sustainable cyclists’ organisations in every country.
And as I traveled I always hoped to get a bit of an insight into cycling culture, places and people. That is a special opportunity that I tried to 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 the country where I became a citizen.
Photo by Andrzej Felczak, Radlobby Österreich
Disclaimer, health warning, policy stuff
This was a personal project. I’m did 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 was totally allowed to go off message and into areas I liked.
I tried not to communicate officially about policy stuff, or campaigning, or anything that crossed over into the day job with the cycling associations. Ok, I’ve had a unique opportunity because my day job is cycling, but if you want to engage me on CIE or policy issues please don’t do it through the blog, contact me in Brussels using the CIE link above.
I’m also not aiming to earn any money, strictly for fun. (Exception for the odd personal sale). However if you use my photographs without my permission, in writing, in advance I reserve the right to charge a commercial rate. Ask me nicely for your use to promote cycling and I will usually say yes! There is a contact form on my sales page.
The other stuff
Since November 2012 I live in the commune of Lasne, Brabant-Wallon, Belgium. I moved there from Berkshire England where I lived for the previous ten years.
I grew up largely in Bungay, Suffolk, England which I regard as my home town and its where I still have family.
I will admit to having at least 10 bicycles (at the moment) including two city/hybrids for daily use, two MTBs, two road bikes, two touring bikes, a fixie and a Chinese Flying Pigeon for restoration one day, when I have the time.