Cycle Chic and le Tour. What does this mean?

I just noticed a wonderful sign that cycling for everyday transport, has truly stepped from the shadow of cycling, the sport. Mikael Colville Andersen, one of the world’s most vociferous champions of everyday cycling for transport, moments ago told his many followers via twitter, that he is having fruitful discussions with the organisers of the Tour of France. I’m sure it’s too early for even those parties to tell us, precisely, what this might mean. However, we can already say, it means a great deal, simply for these folk to be talking.

Bike racing has brought me many rewards, but it is also responsible for making me do a whole lot of tedious walking, that I could have avoided with a practical bike in my stable, in addition to the ones I have owned for racing. For twenty years, identifying as a “roadie”, stopped me thinking I could ever ride a bike in regular clothes, or in regular shoes. Chaining a bike outside a shop, or using a bike to bring shopping home, or riding to a pub or a nightclub: all these were unthinkable, while my only bikes were each worth thousands of dollars.

Though Colville Andersen has his detractors (they’re usually less smart), and though he makes Hugh Grant look like a Baptist, he may be on the cusp of liberating millions of cyclists. I’m referring to all of those men with expensive sports bikes, who have not thought of using cheap bikes for their daily needs, so instead have been walking or using cars for short trips. When those men wise up, every person who has been given the impression by them, that cycling is only a sport, could be ready to treat cycling as practical transport as well. I’m referring now to children, the elderly, and everyone in between. Mikael, many men are counting upon you, not least to arrange scantily clad models on omafiets, lining the trail to Mont Ventoux, handing out bidons and caps. Anything, but that devil!

5 Comments

  1. Lukas says:

    Steven,
    I just worked out that I can’t delete or edit a post in hindsight. The above does not make sense, especially the first sentence. Please delete the lot on my behalf!

  2. tk says:

    and the americans are still missing the point entirely. the CEO of USA cycling thinks that more sporting success on bikes will equate to more people on bikes. i guess he missed the whole LA thing…

    http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/03/news/road/opinion-time-is-now-for-racers-to-act-on-advocacy_211139

    the man himself; “Frankly, you can build all of the roads, trails and safe routes to school you want, but if the sport does not have any social significance, i.e., some level of ‘cool’ factor that resonates with a wide audience, then people still won’t make the decision to participate on a large scale.”

    duh.

    avagudweegend

  3. Very curious what project they are collaborating on, should be interesting!

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