2017 – a gallery. Thanks to all readers and followers of Idonotdespair.com, have a great 2018

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Trying to find a way to summarise 2017 I reminded myself that this year almost every blog post has a unique header photo – some interesting shots, but only used once. So for my personal journey down memory lane, here … Continue reading

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

The Velo-city 2017 cycle parade – photo gallery

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The Cycle Parade is one of the great traditions of the annual Velo-city global cycling summits, always a chance the participants to let their hair down a bit and cycle through the streets of the host city with the local … Continue reading

Cities and Regions for Cyclists – pedalling and pushing at Velo-city 2017

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On Monday my Velo-city 2017 week kicked off as the joint host for a gathering of about 30 city officials from some of the more ambitious cycling cities in Europe, plus some colleagues from last year’s Velo-city host city Taipei. … 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

Going to Belgium to watch the Tour of Italy – in the Netherlands

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That’s how my father tried to explain this week’s holiday in Belgium to his non-cycling friends. It was then followed by a more detailed explanation of how the so called “Grand Tours” of cycle racing often take excursions outside their … Continue reading