Jüdische Gelehrte, die lieber mit dem Fahrrad fahren – Rabbis who prefer the bicycle

Mein neuester Bericht in der Jüdischen Allgemeinen bezog sich auf das Phänomen von Rabbinern die lieber ‘radeln’.  Fünf britische Rabbiner und Rabbinerinnen erzählen mir warum ihre Weisheit sie zum Drahtesel führte.

Link:  http://www.juedische-allgemeine.de/article/view/id/18870


My latest report in the Jüdischen Allgemeinen, Germany’s Jewish national weekly explain why Jewish rabbis choose the bicycle over other means of transport.  Use an online  translation service such as Bing translate or google translate to get the German translated into any language of your choice.



Fotos, die es nicht in die Zeitung schafften | Photos that didn’t make it into the paper

Paul Kimmage vor UCI Wahl, wenn McQuaid bleibt geh ich. – Kimmage said I stop if McQuaid wins UCI

English: Pat McQuaid during the 2008 world cha...
English: Pat McQuaid during the 2008 world championships mountain bike at Val di Sole. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Der Sportjournalist und ehemaliger irische Radchampion Paul Kimmage, der sich über Jahre hinweg gegen das Doping im Radsport einsetzte, sagte mir vor den UCI Wahlen am letzten Freitag, dass er nicht mehr Schreiben würde, wenn McQuaid wiedergewählt werde.  Er hatte Glück.  gewählt wurde der Brite Brian Cookson.  McQuaid wurde von Kimmage, als Teil der Probleme im Fahrradsport gesehen.

Thema des Tages:  Sonntaz von 20. September 2013, Seite 15  Bericht ging nicht online.

The cycling journalist, and former Irish champion Paul Kimmage, who has a long commitment in

anti-doping, including co-exposing Lance Armstrong,  stated to me  prior to the presidential elections of the UCI last Friday, that in case McQuaid would win again the elections, he would stop being a writer on cycling.  McQuaid was seen by Kimmage as part of the problem in professional cycling.

Full interview in Sonntaz of 20th September 2013, Topic of the day page 15.  Interview was not put online.

Die Zeit Online: Die Macht der Pedale! Pedal Power!

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Deutsch : Mein voller Bericht in DER ZEIT http://www.zeit.de/reisen/2013-08/london-fahrradrennen

Für meine englischsprachigen Leser habe ich unten noch ein paar seperate Zeilen angefügt.

ENGLISH: The full text of my report on the London Prudential 100 can be read in Die Zeit here (in German).

Please use Googletranslate to get a reasonable English translation.


Here some special comment for my English readers ( text not related to German version):

It was most certainly one of the longest most physical stories in the making, when I was asked by Die Zeit , if I, as journalist who worked during the London 2012 games, could partake in the cycle race London Prudential 100.

To be precise, it took nearly five months of every day preparation to gain the fitness level necessary for the endeavour.  I followed mostly a plan suggested by the organisers, but also another bag of skills of mine in Sports Coaching (I hold also a Master of Science in Sports Coaching / Sport Psychology) to prepare myself. But I also had to fix my old bike, about which I knew nothing, but was able to do through the help of London’s new award winning DIY bike fixing workshop “Bike Kitchen.”

As test distances I had travelled to Brighton twice and failed once due to a flat tyre.  On the second attempt I also had a flat tyre 3 km before the finish (which I was unable to fix, as the second tube burst) and walked the remainder to Brighton station.  Many more times I visited Epping Forest, Regents Park and Highgate, before I tried out the Surrey Hills, which represent the difficult part of  the race.  The first time on a 50 Miles trip I had a true shock due to their unexpected steepness, a few weeks later I tried 70 Miles and then, much nearer to the race time, a 91 Miles test-ride.

I bought jerseys, padded pants, bibs, gloves, cycle oil and more.  In doing so I discovered that cycling is big business and you need to watch your spend.  One of the difficult things was to find a fair-trade jersey, much of those come from sweat-shops.  Morvelo was one of the few exceptions.

In the end it was all  good enough, I finished most of the segments of the London Prudential 100 in good time, much of it in personal bests.

The most important thing though and I wrote about it in the article in Die Zeit was the empowerment of cycling the race provided.  The closed roads, such as the A12, just gave a unique and very different experience of what roads can be for and what they could be like without motor traffic.

No pollution, no dangerous driving, or huge lorries.

On the day after the race a cyclist died in Archway, very near to one of my weekly training grounds in Highgate.

There are questions left unanswered over many decades in London, as to why cycling was for so long not a priority.  It is now, and many streets need to be modified, some need to be reserved even solely for cycling.  The festival of cycling called the London Prudential is a directional outline to where London needs to head and it is good the mayor of London witnessed that in person.

Radwege in London: Radfahren und überleben | Cycle paths in London: Cycling and surviving. (taz)

Bicycle area at road junction in London
Bicycle area at road junction in London (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Die deutsche Version erklärt sich von selber,  interessant war bei den Recherchen des Berichts die Unfähigkeit (gewollt oder ungewollt) der Pressesprecher für Verkehrswesen des Bürgermeisters meine Fragen trotz deren Versprechen zu beantworten.

Zum vollen Bericht:  www.taz.de/Radwege-in-London/!114047/


This article explains the recent announcement on changes on cycling in London after the release of the mayor Boris Johnson’s  policy statement of intend entitled ‘A cycling vision for London.’   The article explains the importance of the local lobby group London Cycling Campaign (LCC) and the transport committee of the Greater London Assembly.  Their chair Caroline Pidgeon said amongst others (this is not in the article) that their own consultations, which included expert witnesses from Holland and Denmark alongside discussions on twitter had helped and kept the pressure on.

LCC added that the talks this time involved all stakeholders, because all had an interest in higher safety.  Pidgeon stated that the money set aside by the mayor represented no real term increase.

Curious in the making of the article was the mayoral press office failure to answer my questions (even though I had extended their deadline three times by a several days up to over a week), and in spite of promises and reminders.  Officially I was told they were too busy and that I had asked quite a few in depth questions.

Full report (use google translate if you do not read German) :  www.taz.de/Radwege-in-London/!114047/


Die Tageszeitung (TAZ): Paralympic Ghana Team: Alem Mumuni

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Mein Bericht zu Alem der statt Kuhhirte, Eilteradfahrer wurde.


My article about Ghana‘s Paralympian Alem Mumuni and his  story against all odds to become an elite cycling athlete

Kolumne: Die Tageszeitung (TAZ): Tod vor dem Olympiagelaende (Death in front of the Olympic Park)

Mein Kommentar heute geht ueber die Gefahren und Politik des Radfahrens in London.

(Today I wrote about the cyclist who dies in frot of the Olympic Park and Londoners commenting on this and cycling in London in general (German))



Critical Mass Prostets in London – Fahrraddemo gegen Olympia (TAZ)


Berichtet über Fahrradproteste bei Olympia und starkes eingreifen der Metropolitan Polizei

Discusses the Critical Mass protests and arrests in London