Velo-city 2017 reflections – taking the Dutch cycling experience to new levels

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As with previous years I have used the space of a week to reflect on the 2017 Velo-city, the global cycling summit managed by ECF, the association I work for. This isn’t the official report, its just a chance for … Continue reading

Cycling in Mallorca – lycra not required

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This is a gallery of images from a trip to Palma de Mallorca in late November 2016 where a multi-national group of ECF visitors was hosted by Biciutat de Mallorca, the local cycle campaigning group for the largest of the … Continue reading

Zeeland Cycle Tour day 4 – experiencing the Delta Works

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And so to the final day of our short tour of Zeeland and the chance to ride part of one of the world’s great cycle routes – the North Sea Cycle Route where it snakes across the great sea defences … Continue reading

Cycling in Zeeland. Day 3 – The “Dutchness” checklist

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Only time for a brief gallery from yesterday’s cycling. When I look through the images I realise that this corner of Zeeland provides almost the perfect mini-portrait of what one should expect from a break with bikes in the Netherlands. … Continue reading

A cycling day in Helsinki

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I made my first visit to Finland last week, spending a day in Helsinki and a day traveling cross country to see Herrmans, an innovative cycling company. I have no doubt this was just a taster because there are a … 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

To Burgas, Bulgaria for more cycling chat and exploration

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I do not despair’s exploration of the wide reaches of cycling continued in October with a trip to Burgas on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast. I was there for a project meeting as part of ECF’s European Bike2work project. This meant … Continue reading