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The Twitter of Little Birds

You really have to wonder what goes through the minds (so to speak) of some people, most particularly that of a 21 year-old trainee accountant named Emma Way who this week not only clipped a cyclist with her car while breezing down a road in Norwich, and failed to stop, but then was actually dumb…

Cycling in Saudi Arabia

So I see women are finally being allowed to ride bicycles in that bastion of enlightenment, Saudi Arabia. A recent easing of restrictions on out-of the-home activities for the distaff side of the Kingdom’s populace means that women and girls will be able to get out on their bikes …sort of. It seems they will…

The Jungle

I am only too aware of my vulnerability when I go pedalling all alone though the darkened streets in town and along our desolate seafront promenade at unsociable hours in the morning, especially when I stop and set up my tripod to take self-timer photos. I keep a wary eye out and over the past…

It’s Not About The Book

You have to wonder what in the world Lance Armstrong was thinking when he decided to unburden himself the other day on Oprah Winfrey’s cable TV show. It is evident from reading the transcript that his volte face and mea culpa wasn’t prompted by a sudden spiritual awakening, desire to cleanse his soul and make…

The Golden Age?

And so, the television host said to the former Tour de France champion, a man who had been lionised for years, feted as the greatest cyclist of his day, did you ever use drugs in the course of your career? “Yes,” came the reply. “Whenever it was necessary.” “And how often was that?” came the…

Last Refuge of A Scoundrel

It used to be that patriotism was the last refuge of a scoundrel. Not anymore. Nowadays it seems it is the talk show, and in the case of the scoundrel I have in mind, a cathartic and no-doubt tearful interview with Oprah Winfrey in which the disgraced Lance Armstrong is at long last expected to…

For That Run Down Feeling, Try Cycling

For the past week I have been battling a cold and cough that I seem to have picked up on our very rainy weekend away on the Isle of Wight. As unpleasant and deleterious to my riding as this as been, I can at least take comfort in the fact that my feeling ‘run down’…

A Wasted Opportunity

When I was returning home the other day from Bexhill-on-Sea, where I had been shooting some pictures of the pre-dawn mist that was cloaking the seafront and adding its bit of atmosphere, I discovered that while I had been busy with my camera a much thicker sea fog had crept in along the coast to…

Lancing A Boil

Wow. In the end even Oakley walked – belatedly joining Nike, Giro, Sram, Anheuser-Busch and Trek and others in their mass abandonment of Lance Armstrong in a tumultuous week that saw the disgraced Texan stripped of all seven Tour de France titles and lose every single one of his sponsors. Not even Tiger Woods fell…

Tall Tale Texans in the Saddle

Clearly I missed a trick when I took up journalism and magazine writing all those years ago, for although I have had a pleasurable well-travelled career in the interim the real money, it seems, was in fitting bicycles to their riders – or at least it is if what I read in the on-going saga…