• Plastic Bertrand – Fahrrad in Belgium

    Belgium one cycling nation – Kassein or Pavé? / Belgien ist eine Nation von Radfahrern – Kassein oder Pavé? The picture above is of World and Olympic Champion Nicole Cooke riding the Muur de Huy during La Fleche Walonne Classic Name a famous Belgian ‘Plastic Bertrand’ I replied – ‘nah, someone famous, name me a famous Belgian’? My… Continue Reading

  • International 2017/18 Cyclo Cross

    Results and video links to UCI rated cyclo cross races unless otherwise stated. The big issue being geo-restrictions on content. 2016/17 Season – 2015/16 Season February 25 Internationale Sluitingsprijs – February 25 The final international cyclo cross race of the 2017/18 season was the Internationale Sluitingsprijs held at Oostmalle, Belgium. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ3O2yTH1tU Elite Men 1 Mathieu Van Der… Continue Reading

  • London 2017/18 Cyclo Cross Pics and Video

    Video and Picture links for the Kinesis UK London and South East 2017/18 Cyclo-Cross League. 2016/17 League – 2015/16 League – London/SE Cross Website Kinesis UK London and South East Cyclo Cross League Rd 1 Round one of the Cyclefit London and South East Cyclo Cross League (and Rd 1 of the Sussex League) held at Stanmer Park… Continue Reading

  • Spit out of middle Germany – Der Harz Mountains

    The Harz Mountains are 2,226 square kilometres of medium sized mountains and forest that seems to have been spit out of the ground of middle Germany. Circling the Harz are the cities of Hannover, Gottingen, Wolfsburg, Leipzig and Magdeburg. Much of the Harz today is a national park and the area is home to a… Continue Reading

  • Cyclo Cross at and abandoned Velodromes

    When so many years ago Good Friday Track Meeting promoter Graham Bristow organised a cyclo cross race at Herne Hill Velodrome in London approximately 25 people turned up for what was quite good fun. Since then cyclo cross has become British Cycling’s largest growing cycle race discipline and this is mirrored across the world including… Continue Reading

  • John Parr WW1 Cyclist

    A Sunday trip to visit a friend in Finchley, London saw me walk from Woodside Park Tube Station and along Lodge Lane. Although I nearly missed it, I spotted a plaque placed on the pavement in front of a modest house flagging up that the first British soldier to die in World War One spent… Continue Reading

  • Mud larking on the Thames

    Along the River Thames In London there are the obvious signs of its industrial and global shipping past. Redundant machinery, abandoned wharfes and slipways point to this industrial and commercial history, but if you look hard enough at the foreshore you can find more personal items associated with the people who lived or worked on… Continue Reading

  • Cable Street London 1936

    In October 1936 Sir Oswald Mosley attempted to lead the British Union of Fascists (BUF) along Cable Street into a London East End community and take control of the streets and enflame not only the local community, but also the country against Jewish people. Oswald was following a tactic that had worked in Germany and… Continue Reading

  • Lost Velodromes – dash for cash

    English Victorian’s seem to have invented everything, whether this is true is debatable, but what we can say for sure is that they were mad on sport. Historian Christopher Hill described it as the ‘World Turned Upside Down’ – the period when the UK moved from an agrarian economy to being one of manufacture and… Continue Reading

  • I found a velodrome, but didn’t, but I did….

    London is full of seemingly forgotten stories that can come alive if you have an enquiring mind and if you look beyond the obvious. Whilst I was hunting for a lost Victorian velodrome in east London I came across a rather nice mural painted close to where the velodromes northern banking would have been. Looking… Continue Reading

  • Earlsfield Cemetery – let’s create the NHS

    My post about the Gottingen Stadtfriedhof in central Germany and the sense of abandonment I felt whilst there, got me thinking. It made me think closer to home and so now I stand in Earlsfield Cemetery in Wandsworth, south London. At the dawn of the 20th Century European nations were tied together by many separate treaties, which… Continue Reading

  • Gottingen StadtFriedhof – abandonment

    Separation, abandonment or ‘left behind’ are words that will scare most of us. These thoughts came into my head as I stood in a Stadtfriedhof in deepest central Germany. Before me stood two grave stones and a third not in sight but close by of three soldiers of the ‘Great War’. What sparked a reaction… Continue Reading

  • International 2016/17 Cyclo Cross

    UCI rated cyclo cross races unless otherwise stated. The big issue being geo-restrictions on content. 2015/16 Season Upcoming races (results & video links yet to be added) That’s it for the season. February 19 2017 Internationale Sluitingsprijs – February 19 The last international cyclo cross of the season held at Oostmalle, Belgium. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60ajkDLIWSk (Bit of both races) Elite… Continue Reading

  • London 2016/17 Cyclo Cross Pics and Video

    Video and Picture links for the London and South East 2016/17 Cyclo-Cross League 2015/16 League – London/SE Cross Website Cyclefit London and South East Cyclo Cross Team Championships The London Cyclo Cross Association Team Championships held at Great Walstead School, Sussex on February 5 and promoted by Crawley Wheelers – GO THERE Cyclefit London and South East Cyclo Cross League Rd 13 The thirteenth… Continue Reading

  • ‘Roubaixesque’ London Gravel Fahrradtour

    Not all cycle races or rides are created equal but some stand out because they are more than just another race or ride. Not only do they offer extra drama (OK, chaos) but also add something different. I am drawn to races and rides that are in this camp.  I like track cycling but it’s… Continue Reading

  • London Lost Cyclo-Cross Courses

    The London Cyclo-Cross association came into being in the 1950’s and a league has run ever since, although in the 2000’s we added ‘South East’ to the League title as many races are not actually held in London. In those early years it was oh so much simpler for the LCCA to promote at venues… Continue Reading

  • Hackney GT Beastway MTB Series Round 1 2016

    The first round of the Tradervan/Hackney GT Beastway Mountain Bike Series held at Redbridge Cycle Centre, NE London on Saturday April 9. Grassroots MTB racing that has run for 24 years and after being a member of the ‘Tyranny’ that organised the series for 19 years, it was great to attend as a ‘civilian’. Lots… Continue Reading

  • Eastway London 1975 – 2006 Ten Years Gone

    2016 marked the 10th year since the last season of events were held at the Eastway Cycle Circuit when the beloved cycle venue was wiped away with the holding of the 2012 London Olympic Games. Opened in June 1975 the Lee Valley Eastway Cycle Racing Circuit celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2000 and few would have… Continue Reading

  • International 2015/16 Cyclo Cross

    International 2015/16 Cycle Events with a hint of dirt. Those shown are UCI rated races unless otherwise stated. February 24 2016 Masters Waregem Cyclocross 2016 The evening of madness, bunny hopping and racing held mid week on February 24 and the close of the 2015/16 cyclo-cross season. Video: http://sporza.be/permalink/1.2582070 Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgwZdoXiPxo Elite Men 1 Sven Nys 0:29:57 2… Continue Reading

  • London 2015/16 Cyclo Cross League

    Video and Picture links for the London and South East 2015/16 Cyclo-Cross League Cyclefit London and South East Cyclo Cross Team Championships The Cyclefit London and South East Cyclo Cross Team Championship held at Great Wanstead School, nr Haywards Heath, Sussex on February 7 2016 – GO THERE Cyclefit London and South East Cyclo Cross League Rd 15 Round fifteen no senior races –… Continue Reading