Commute by bike

Where do most people commute by bike in the UK @tfMedway? – definitely not #Medway by any stretch of the imagination.

Despite pledges and promises riding a bike in Medway is an inhospitable an unpleasant business in the main.

Where there is cycle infrastructure it is ill-conceived and fairly hopeless, but mainly there is none at all. It’s war out there. Lets find some #RoadPeace – and the best way to do that is prioritise walking and cycling.

Strava is able to compile some very interesting data which must be like unexpectedly stumblin over a diamond mine for transport planners! I wonder if they’ll use it?

#bikecommuter

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What a windy day!

What a windy day! We’ve had a lot of wind lately! Have you had fun out there with any of these scenarios? I can fully understand the mistaken feeling of assuming you’re on a good ride and like superman on a bike, only to realise when you’re going in the opposite direction that you’ve been assisted by a tail wind. However, riding most always feels like there’s a headwind to me! #bike https://buff.ly/2XXidlc

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Niki Terpstra leaving Quick Step

Niki Terpstra has left pro cycling team Quick Step Floors for Direct Energie. The announcement was made in August and has given me time to reflect on the career of one of my favourite cyclists.

I’m not exactly sure why it is that Terpstra is one of my favourite professional cyclsists. As a cycling fan, which riders you support and identify with is subject to a strange and unfathomable thought process. I’m not sure it’s something that’s possible to explain!

The announcement was made just before Quick Step revealed their new title sponsor and name change to Deceuninck–Quick-Step (how do you pronounce that? – it’ll be fun next season listening to commentators attempt it!). Would he have stayed if he’d have known there was a new sponsor to bolster the funding cash pool? He, like all the riders at Quick Step, was concerned for his future and jumped ship before the announcement was made after riding with them since 2011, the bulk of his pro career.

Quick Step had the most successful season last year of any pro cycling team in living memory – probably since HTC Highroad in their day, but HTC relied on many of their wins from Mark Cavendish. What was unique about Quick Step’s 2018 season was how their wins were spread throughout the team. Classics, sprints and time trials, team time trials, Grand Tour stages and even a Grand Tour podium with the somewhat suprising success in the Vuelta with Enric Mas.

In all this success for Quick Step, none of the wins was quite so exciting for me as seeing Nikki Terpstra ride everyone off his wheel in a stunning victory at the Tour of Flanders.

Nikki, I wish you all the best at Direct Energie, but I’m concerned that it’s not going to be the best decision you ever made. Hopefully I’m wrong and you’ll have a stellar season that gives you sole leadership in the races that you target with very many more beautiful victories.

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Prioritise cyclsts and walkers

New roads should prioritise cyclists and walkers, according to influential health group. Leave the car behind and get on your bike. Come on. Lets do it.

Don’t be one of those people who goes everywhere in a car, even for the shortest journeys. Only use the car if you absolutely have to. Make the change. Like the report says: “we’ve got to change”. The time for being lazy is over…

#bike #BanCars https://buff.ly/2Qob1cv