Cycling

Letters: Is cycling really conservative?

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Veritas vincit Sir: Professor Dawkins eloquently and engagingly defines true truth for us (‘Matters of fact’, 19 December). It seems…

Come back, doggers, all is forgiven

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Bring back the men having sex in the undergrowth. This was the thought that occurred to me and my friend…

Jeremy Vine: Save our cycle lanes

12 December 2020 9:00 am

‘Stopping the diary/’ wrote Philip Larkin, ‘Was a stun to memory,/ Was a blank starting.’ I never really understood those…

How do we stop the Lycra dads using our stable yard as a toilet?

7 November 2020 9:00 am

The cyclist pulled into our gateway, got off his bike and grabbed hold of the electric fencing. Installing game cameras,…

You wait ages for an ambulance, then five come along at once

25 July 2020 9:00 am

‘I need an ambulance!’ yelled the builder boyfriend into his mobile phone as the cyclist lay bleeding from a head…

The abominable selfishness of the Surrey middle classes

27 June 2020 9:00 am

‘Have you met the man who keeps his horses in this field?’ said one silver-haired lady to the other, as…

This is not a natural disaster, but a manmade one

16 May 2020 9:00 am

Should our future permit an occupation so frivolous, historians years from now will make a big mistake if they blame…

We don’t have lockdown in Surrey

25 April 2020 9:00 am

The man was unloading cycles from the boot of his car just as I was about to take the turning…

A young Rwandan scholar left a profound impression on me

21 December 2019 9:00 am

In the Rwandan Genocide Memorial gift shop I bought a handy Kinyarwanda–Kiswahili–English phrase book. The tipping point in the decision…

When Brexiter meets Catalexiter

30 November 2019 9:00 am

After the hostel breakfast, I stood on the tropical grass lawn smoking the first fag of the day and mulled…

The lessons I learned cycling across Rwanda

23 November 2019 9:00 am

The backmarker of the peloton was Eric, a tall, stick-thin Rwandan. Under his cycling helmet he wore a baseball cap…

Why do we still use the Qwerty keyboard layout and not Dvorak?

4 May 2019 9:00 am

‘Can you fly down this evening?’ she was asked by her boss in the Delhi office of the BBC. ‘Yes,…

You can’t possibly hate cyclists more than they hate each other

15 December 2018 9:00 am

I’ve cycled for primary transportation for 53 years. Accordingly, I’m not naive about the degree of resentment — nay, loathing…

Save me from middle managers dressed up as Spiderman

28 April 2018 9:00 am

‘You’ve got your essay on your back, then?’ said the stable yard owner as I headed out with Darcy on…

Survival of the sneakiest

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Could there be a better metaphor for the corruption that now pervades all top-level sport than the use of motors…

Cycling in Lycra is bad for the soul

7 May 2016 9:00 am

Cycling in funny clothes is bad for the soul

Girl about town — on a bicycle

23 January 2016 9:00 am

The old ditty got it wrong: it should have been ‘Maybe it’s because I’m not a Londoner that I love…

Cycling is about much more than winning — and David Millar’s The Racer is quite a ride

14 November 2015 9:00 am

In 2004, French police officers searching the home of the professional cyclist David Millar found some syringes and empty phials…

Seb Coe is a fine man... who deserves to feel uncomfortable

14 November 2015 9:00 am

So Smiley was right all along: the bloody Russians were the baddest of the bad. The Pound report on the…

The Program could do with a good dose of performance-enhancing drugs

17 October 2015 8:00 am

The Program, as directed by Stephen Frears, is a biopic of Lance Armstrong, the American cyclist and ‘sporting hero’ who…

Why the boffin behind the Brompton is Britain’s greatest living designer

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Asked to name Britain’s greatest living industrial designer, most people might cite Sir Jony Ive of Apple or Sir James…

Just how hard is it to sack a lord?

1 August 2015 9:00 am

Safe house Lord Sewel is unique in leaving the House of Lords in disgrace. Until the House of Lords Reform…

Australia’s amazing, exhausting sporting comebacks

25 July 2015 9:00 am

I have never met an Aussie I didn’t like, but, crikey, their sporting indefatigability is exhausting. Don’t they ever give…

The romance of cycling is suggested in this advertisement for Columbia Bicycles, with its quotation from ‘Lochinvar’

Bicycling: the Marmite means of transport

9 May 2015 9:00 am

Bicycles — in Britain, anyway — are the Marmite means of transport. I am among the bicycle-lovers, almost religious and…

The only way to survive as a cyclist is to behave like you're suicidal

3 May 2014 9:00 am

The only way to survive as a London cyclist is to behave like a complete nutter