Tag Archives: Cycling

The Arrogance of the Bell Ringing Canal Cyclists

I changed my cycling commuting route from the roads onto a section of the canal about three kilometres long. I had thought that it would be a lot safer than the road and, perhaps, allow me to get some good pace up. While I’ve managed to get a pace going on some sections, I have realised that the canal isn’t as safe a cycle as I first thought, and worse than that a fair number of the cyclists turn out to be quite the menace.

Amazingly I found that some of these canal cyclists are oblivious to a number of things such as common courtesy, rules of the road (or path), right of way, animals, and last, but not least, people. Of course they have their bells, and that makes everything right.

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Marathon training, me?

I’ve been talking for some time about doing something for charity, a long bike ride, a virtual row around Britain, something to raise money for either the British Heart Foundation or some form of cancer care, however I’ve always talked about it and never really followed through.

My friend Dave Morrow kept talking about how I should try running, and slowly, over time, circumstances colluded. My bike, my second favourite form of exercise, is broken and while it is I’m piling on weight, a colleague, similar build to me, trained and ran a 10k, and then Dave sent me a training programme for a marathon.

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