Category: “Cycling

On the Olympic magic dust still sprinkling; my charity swear-off with Malcolm Tucker; and Boris mania

Posted on 11 September 2012 | 4:09pm

I was really determined not to drone on about the Olympics any more, but having just been to City trader BGC’s charity day, I feel I have to. Because the Olympic spirit was alive and well and wafting around spreading its goodness whenever an Olympian or Paralympian ventured near. BGC has had a September 11 […]

Feeling sad as the Games near end. Let’s keep the spirit going thru legacy, joining in and by celebrating the volunteers

Posted on 8 September 2012 | 4:09pm

I’m writing this on the train to Manchester, where I will be downing a few plateloads of pasta, trying to get a decent sleep, then waking up to the prospect of a bike ride to Birmingham to help raise funds for the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research Pedal for Petrov campaign. As I do so, I […]

Chance for footballers to show that what Olympics fans are saying about them isn’t true – every FC please read and RT

Posted on 4 September 2012 | 6:09am

Much has been made of the contrast between the values and heroics of our Olympians and Paralympians, and the often not so great values and not so great values of our multi-millionaire professional footballers. Well today provides an opportunity for football, football clubs and football stars to show that the caricature is misplaced. I know […]

Hard not to like Lance Armstrong, and I still want to believe, but his giving up made it harder

Posted on 26 August 2012 | 8:08am

Here is the piece I wrote for The Times on Lance Armstrong yesterday. It was thanks to them that I got to know the Texan cyclist, and this is my reflection on him now, following his decision not to contest further the doping allegations made against him. ‘Losing and dying. It’s the same thing’ — […]

Wiggins’ win the start of a great British summer for sport – and the chance to rescue Olympics legacy

Posted on 22 July 2012 | 11:07am

Out this morning for a pre-Wiggo-triumph two-hour ride through small French towns and villages, I popped into a little bike shop to get a few bits and bobs. Bradley Wiggins’ yellow helmet took pride of place in the helmet stall. Black socks were doing better than usual. And despite the hefty price tag, the shop […]

Papers should do a few Olympic focus groups and listen to what people are saying

Posted on 21 July 2012 | 6:07am

Greetings from France, where this weekend Bradley Wiggins will write himself into the list of great British sportsmen. The Tour de France is one of the greatest and toughest sporting events in the calendar, and to be the first ever Brit to win it, just five years after British Cycling genius Dave Brailsford set that […]

Cycling bug tightens its grip after day in Garmin support car

Posted on 6 June 2012 | 8:06am

I am well aware that there are millions of cycling fans who would want and deserve more than I do to have been where I was yesterday, but who said life was fair? David Millar got in touch, asked if I fancied going in the Garmin support car at the Dauphine, and I said yes. […]

Getting something good from a double tragedy – please support the Beldon Challenge

Posted on 13 March 2012 | 9:03pm

I have written on here before about the tragic death of Gareth Crockett, who was killed in Anglessey last year whilst trying to raise £10,000 by cycling more than 500 miles  and running four marathons in eight days, culminating in the London Marathon. He was driven to raise funds in memory of a friend who […]

Back from the bikeathon, inspired once more by 13-year-old Joe Smale

Posted on 26 June 2011 | 2:06pm

I’m just back from the London Bikeathon, another 52 miles in the legs, and a dose of sunburn on the neck. But, as ever, it was a terrific way to spend the morning, with 5000 other cyclists raising money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Some of you may remember that a few weeks ago I […]

Out of tragedy comes more tragedy – Gareth Crockett RIP

Posted on 14 April 2011 | 4:04pm

Ten days ago I posted this blog about two young men from Northern Ireland setting out on a remarkable challenge to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Jez Davison and Gareth Crockett had lost a close friend, John Erwin, to leukaemia and the Beldon Challenge was their way of trying to raise £10,000 in […]