More Tweedy Cycling
Stuart Kattell is cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats (that’s the whole length of the UK) to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Yeah, I know - loads of people cycle that route. I mean, c’mon, its only 800-odd miles, and he’s giving himself 3 weeks to do it. The record’s something like 40 hours.
This looks to me to be the perfect blend of old and new bike culture. On the one hand, we have a vehicle that’s over a hundred years old, from the days when gentlemen wore tweed, and plus-fours were de rigeur.
But like all the hip kids these days, he’s riding a fixed-wheel bike, with no brakes. And just like all those cool cats, he’s woven some cards into his spokes, and as he’s a responsible cyclist, he’s wearing a nice day-glo jacket and a helmet (though I’m not sure that the Snell standards were designed with a full from eight foot up in mind).
This is still a pretty cool thing to do though - puts me in mind of the guy who did the London Marathon in a full diver’s suit (brass helmet, lead boots, etc) a couple of years back. And it’s for a GOOD CAUSE - Macmillan Cancer Support are officially The Good Guys. So if you live along Stuart’s route, make sure you keep an eye out for him, and even if you don’t, drop by his site to make a donation.