Crazy German Fixie Chicks

Cycling down the road no-handed thinking your great? Up the game a bit and do a wheelie at the same time. While your at it, get a friend to stand on your shoulders. Still think you’re great? Watch these two girls do all that while spinning round on the spot. Almost as good as me!

Cycling should be dull

Good article by Janice Turner from The Times

Interesting the comparison between other European countries’ attitude to cycling/cyclists versus the UK’s. Have to share the disappointment about London’s ‘cycling superhighways’ as well:

“the London mayoralty, Tory policy is not to make cycling safer but to encourage more people to be brave. Transport for London bangs on about Boris’s 12 new “cycle superhighways”, which will sweep into the centre from disparate suburbs…The mayor’s cycle superhighways, it turns out, are just lines on a map.”

Over the last year, I’ve seen more and more cyclists hit the road (literally in some cases) but the infrastructure to support them in London has not improved one iota and is totally inadequate. Not sure whether TfL ever realised the irony of those posters. And sadly 14 months down the line, I’m even more cynical about their message.

James Martin Update: Chef Eats Humble Pie

“Regarding the The Tesla Roadster Article…
May I take this opportunity to apologize for any offence I have caused through the article in last weekend’s Mail on Sunday. It was never my intention to offend the many cyclists who share our roads across the country. What was intended to be a humorous piece was clearly misjudged. Further more I do not condone any form of reckless driving.

Once again, I am sincerely sorry for any upset caused in relation to this article.

James Martin”

Source: James Martin’s official (non cyclist-hating) site

Humorous? Misjudged? “The look of sheer terror as they tottered into the hedge was the best thing I’ve ever seen in my rear-view mirror.” Yup, so easy to misjudge the sentiment there. Probably why the Daily Mail took it out of your article cos everyone else was misjudging it as well. Oh and it’s “furthermore”. Muppet.

James Martin: Ready Steady Cock

Wowee, it’s been over a year since my last post! Twelve months later and I’ve just gotten more angry. I’m even angrier after reading this, although I expected nothing less from the Daily Mail!

“God, I hate those cyclists…Knowing they wouldn’t hear me coming, I stepped on the gas, waited until the split second before I overtook them, then gave them an almighty blast on the horn at the exact same time I passed them at speed. The look of sheer terror as they tottered into the hedge was the best thing I’ve ever seen in my rear-view mirror. I think this could be the car for me.”

Source: The Daily Fail

London 2012 VeloPark design

Triple Beijing gold medal-winning cyclist Chris Hoy has helped unveil plans for the VeloPark for London’s 2012 Olympic Games. This is an animated fly-though of the VeloPark which will include a 6,000-seat velodrome to host the cycling events as well as a BMX circuit, and after the games a road cycle circuit and mountain bike course will be added, so the park can be used by everyone.

BBC News Article:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7603640.stm

From YouTube:

A computer-generated video showing how the VeloPark will look in 2012. The VeloPark, to be based in the north of the Olympic Park, will include a 6,000 seat Velodrome to host the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Indoor Track Cycling events, as well as a BMX circuit for Olympic events. After the Games, a road cycle circuit and mountain bike course will be added to create a VeloPark combining the disciplines, with facilities for cyclists of all levels. The VeloPark will be linked into cycle routes across London, connecting the whole of the capital with the new world-class facilities.

Bike Haiku: 7

Warm sun on my face.
But then from nowhere a car!
Life before my eyes.

1990 Match Sprint World Championships

Good explanation (and demonstration) of the ‘cat and mouse’ game and ‘track stand’ technique used in track sprinting.