My journey into this flourishing two-wheeled world was certainly eye opening. There is a whole cycling scene that I simply had no idea existed. Lets kick off with 'Critical Mass'. Who knew that on the last Friday of every month hundreds of cyclists meet under Waterloo bridge for a "self-organized, non-commercial, celebration, spontaneous gathering
Let's get one thing clear: following people around supermarkets checking out their arse is a bad idea, and you know this. But just this once won't hurt, you tell yourself. I'll keep a safe distance this time, you reason. It's only really stalking if they see you, you decide. You are wrong on all counts, but there's no stopping you now is there?
Living in SW London, with Surrey in easy cycling distance, I am already familiar with the southern - hilly - section of the route I'll be riding for RideLondon-Surrey 100 on August 4, 2013. By car, that is. So when the the dad of one of my daughter's friends, who is training for the same event, invites me to ride this killer section of the route with him, I jump at the chance.
With even more rules and regulations being introduced for motorcycle licences, it would seem that it is becoming increasingly difficult to get onto two wheels. 2013 saw the introduction of 3DLD a.k.a. regulations to limit the power of the machine that you can ride at certain ages, but is it really harder than ever before?
I have to admit, when I got up for work on Monday morning I didn't expect that I would have been wrapped up in bubble wrap and stood in the middle of a roundabout just a couple of hours later. Don't worry, I wasn't alone; Double World Superbike champion, James Toseland and legendary cricketer, Darren Gough, were wearing them too...