Dockers, hipsters and cyclists – a different Kiev

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When I went to Kiev in 2012 my hosts at the Kiev Cyclists Association had an office in Podil, the Kiev lower city where I found an interesting and bustling urban centre close to the river Dnieper. However this time … Continue reading

An ancient city with a modern heart. A brief visit to Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second city.

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Last week work took me to Plovdiv, second city of Bulgaria. I was there for a factory tour and visit to the offices of Max Europe, one of Europe’s biggest bike manufacturers. When the visit was over we had time … Continue reading

Just enough time for a few tourist sights of North Cyprus

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I wrote recently about last year’s visit to North Cyprus when I was looking at the potential for more cycling with some of the local cycling promoters and supporters. That write-up was dominated by the relationship between mountains and coast, … Continue reading

Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia. European Green Capital 2016, delightful city and cycling capital.

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I visited Ljubljana for the first time in December and I was absolutely charmed by the city and its environment. This means it is the perfect 2016 opening post for Idonotdespair.com because the city has been awarded the status of … Continue reading

The unprepared tourist – a morning cycle ride in Friedrichshafen

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I love bike hire, indeed any bike whatsoever if it gives me the chance of an unplanned ride in a new city. That shows up in “The unprepared tourist”, the title of one of the most visited posts on this … Continue reading

Velo-city 2015 – the bike parade photo gallery. You had to be there! Merci Nantes

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If I do not despair when I see an adult on a bicycle is an uplifting thought then the annual parade at the Velo-city conferences is the an evening for having your despair blown away for months to come. Host … Continue reading