©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