State-sanctioned coffee – the perfect cycling aid

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Pre-ride coffee at the Katusha coffee truck

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Start the rider w coffee. There is a better solution for end of rides.

Coffee – an essential. This came from a Katusha ride where the company appeared with their coffee truck. State-sanctioned riding assistance.  Continue reading

Cargo bikes are not just for flatlands and couriers

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cargo bikes at the ready for the cargo bike races in Brussels during Mobility Week

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – My first outing to a cargo bike race. Too much fun!

“There are a lot of cargo bikes today, but many of them are from Ghent or Kortryk. It is a little easier to ride cargo bikes out there. Or in Berlin. Or London. All of them are flatlands. Not so Continue reading

Start on a track and watch the ripples form

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Rider at Herne Hill

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – A view to cycling that adds to the fun

“I have a son racing in Europe right now. Sometimes we do not even know where he is. He works for British Cycling. His girlfriend is amazing. She took up cycling two years ago and rode the London six day and got  appearance money and all that. She is so good. It was amazing. Such an experience. The last day was fully sold out. Nice atmosphere.”



One man’s best and worst of riding at Herne Hill

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Coach w his bike at Herne Hill velodrome

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Track racing comes w its pitfalls – and celebrations

“I have been a coach for six or seven years now, I suppose. The history here at Herne Hill makes it special. We have been here since 1892. They had the 1948 Olympics here. Bradley Wiggins started his career here.
“My best memory is when Wiggins rode the Good Friday meeting here along with some other big names. They have a Good Friday meeting they have been holding for just over 100 years now. So, we used to get some really big names then.
“My worst memory was my last race here when I was doing an elimination race and someone in front of me hit the fence and came down. I managed to ride into a gap and avoided him. But he broke his ribs and managed to drive one into his lungs. So I packed it in after that.”