©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Heroes change over time as new icons arrive – some closer to home
My background was road excitement as a teen and building a bike, Campagnolo throughout, like the pros had. My hero was Eddy Merckx. Now my heroes are Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, who have both ridden here and ridden here for a long period of time.
©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Britain’s oldest velodrome has become a hub in the resurgence of track racing in Britain.
A lot of people use Herne Hill because there are only nine tracks left in the country – about four indoor and five outdoor. So, in the southeast of England, there is nothing to to go to really. Brighton was just condemned. South of the river, tracks are very difficult to find. Riders come from a long way away to ride here. We have our own club, Velo Club Londres, and we have a number of champions at different levels and age groups as there are no other tracks for kids, teenagers and adults to ride.
©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Various cycling programs at Herne Hill means a space for everyone, including ‘old man’ racing.
“I am just an old man on a bike who enjoys a bit of riding. I never raced before but I live around the corner. I am embarrassed that my kids have been on this track more times than I have been. This is my first time on this track. So, an old man on a bike on a Thursday morning is good fun.” Continue reading
©Barry Sandland/TIMB – An outdoor track and subject to weather, but still one of the best locations to be introduced to track racing
Track racing used to be a massive presence in Europe, in the UK. Tracks dotted the landscape. Then, slowly, one by one, the tracks have disappeared. Today, in London, while the Olympic velodrome has become the gold standard, Herne Hill, dating back to the 1948 Olympics, and nestled in the southern neighbourhoods of London, is the track of a bygone era – and yet remains an essential to introducing a new generation to track riding. Continue reading
©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Sometimes a bike becomes part of a new career.
I am a personal trainer and this is my mode of transport. I used to work in Holborn and it was quicker to cycle than get the tube, and a bit more pleasant. I started doing that and it just continued. It is free, it is healthy, and it is quicker. It’s just a no-brainer in London. Continue reading
©Barry Sandland/TIMB – A man and his dog … again
When I got to the Climate March in Ostende, the first photo I took was a man walking his dog in front of a banner. You can see it as the first photo in this collection. Then, at the end of the day, another opportunity. Continue reading
©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Taking control of the reversing climate warming is the renewed battle cry.
One of the best voices own the post-Paris agreement has been Daryl Hannah. In a recent article posted in Time magazine, she has called for a stronger public voice, greater mass participation in the future of climate warming action. This is no great new voice. Advocates have been struggling for years to develop, maintain and increase the role of Joe Public. Truth is, public pressure has been a constant in creating awareness and action on the constantly increasing world pollution levels.
©Barry Sandland/TIMB – A climate accord that may mark a change in direction. Finally.
The COP21 agreement has been widely heralded as a fabulous achievement for nations. A promise – not a legal commitment – to keep climate temperature increase to under two decrease celsius from pre-industrial levels by the end of the century. A 100 billion dollar annual fund for developing nations. A promise to stem greenhouse emissions. Continue reading
©Barry Sandland/TIMB – W international agreement in Paris, now we have to watch industry and ourselves, if we are to meet the standards.
There was never going to be an easy agreement in Paris. Even with the agreement that has been hailed as a success, there has been considerable dissent at its focus. That there is still a strong fossil fuel focus and not enough dedication to alternative, renewable energy. It should be expected. Oil and the oil industry are power houses in deciding the future direction. With billions of barrels still in the ground, and worth hundreds of billions of dollars, the efforts to make money, lots of money, remains dominant. Alternative energy protestors, the alternative industry, have a focus so different, the traditional voices are still struggling to come to terms with the potential.
But all attending countries have signed the agreement, agreed to cut carbon emissions, and the difference of developed over developing countries is clear. While the standards have not been fixed, it would seem the international pressure to act has appeared.
However, with no legally binding obligation, countries are still able to abuse the agreement. It will be essential, in the coming months and years, that business be carefully monitored, pressured, to meet the commitment that has been found in Paris.