Actor and motorbike addict Steve McQueen once said: “Racing is life. Anything before or after is just waiting.”
The Tour de France (TdF) starts today in Düsseldorf with a 14km time-trial on the banks of the Rhine. This short course is almost completely flat and will organise the race standings for the next flat road race stage and decide the first wearer of the Yellow Jersey for 2017.
Cycling used to be a simple activity: it was a case of getting on your bike and pedalling.
The world of cycling is filled with dos and don’ts. I don’t mean the thick race rule book that arrives every year with my British Cycling membership, or even the Highway Code.
We all know the French take food and drink extremely seriously, so much so in that people can become cultural knights or Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres – awarded for a significant contribution to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance.
The Youth Tour of Scotland road race returns to Perthshire this weekend for its sixth year. The event is based at Strathallan School and gives young riders a rare opportunity to compete over four stages competing with the best youth riders from across the UK.
When Euan MacDonald, now 42, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) in 2003, he didn’t sit round feeling sorry for himself. Instead, he returned to Edinburgh from London to be with his family and set about fundraising for MND research.
If it’s good enough for Sir Chris Hoy, then it’s good enough for anyone.
Husband and wife, Chris and Rachel Rowley and Chris’s brother Andrew, own and run Ballintaggart Farm, established 2016. Ballintaggart is a cook school with Saturday masterclasses and bespoke workshops, two luxury bedrooms offering B&B, monthly communal dining feasts, a private event space and external catering business.
In a recent column I quoted JFK: “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.”