Three cheers for Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome!
The media here is talking about the greatest sporting achievement ever – an over-statement, surely, but the performance of these three outstanding British cyclists in the Tour de France cheers the hearts of ordinary British cyclists like me. Maybe if I were 20 years younger and did more than cycle to the shops at a leisurely pace, I could be in with a chance of winning the Tour.
More importantly, this great result raises the profile of cycling in this car-obsessed country, and it may even have an effect on this car-obessed city. Who knows? Even if the euphoria only lasts a day or two (although maybe Olympic success will prolong it), it’s a boost and lifts us out of our general feeling of being unloved, oppressed and endangered.
As someone said on the radio this morning:
“Cycling is the future!”
Perhaps now is a good time to get ready for that future.
Drivers of the world, get on your bikes! You have nothing to lose but that middle-aged paunch.