A moment of sporting greatness and I can say “I know, because I was there”

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Yesterday the Dutch cyclist Annemiek Van Vleuten completed a 104km solo breakaway to win the Women’s World Cycling Championship here in Harrogate, Yorkshire. As far as any of the commentators could tell this was the longest solo breakaway to win … Continue reading

Tour de France on the doorstep

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Are the French coming? A watchful crowd looks south across the rolling fields of Wallonia, just before the road to Brussels enters Waterloo. An invasion is expected soon. It is 18th June 1815 and the French army is about to … Continue reading

A bicycling magic carpet ride – with added lumps and bumps.

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For me a bike ride is almost always a transport of delight. But when I am privileged to ride for kilometre after kilometre on deserted, almost car free roads then a bike ride becomes a magic carpet ride. A special … Continue reading

Great rides: Rio de Janeiro’s spectacular 2016 Olympic Cycle Road Race course

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This blog post is about the unexpected discovery of a stunning bike ride that will live long in my memory. When I planned my trip to Rio de Janeiro for the Velo-city 2018 cycling conference my expectations were based on … Continue reading

Rio de Janierio for Velo-city 2018 – Spectacular urban bike tour

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By contrast to my rolling around the hills and beaches of Rio for fun at the weekend Monday was an urban day with our annual cycle tour for city officials from members of the ECF’s Cities and Regions for Cyclists … Continue reading