flat tyre wrote:What is TDC?
Tragedy of drive-cycling
Partly culpable... I tend to drive to most Audax events which are not within cycling distance (I kind of draw a line at 20 miles to the start= 40 miles round trip). Yesterday I did drive 60 miles round trip (I did cycle 75 miles). I would have trained, but the first train to arrive there was an hour after the Audax started, so not very helpful.
From Birmngham: Trips to Wales by train are pretty much impossible, with 3 trains a day on most lines and none on sundays.
Trips to the North are eye-watering expensive... 100 pounds for a ticket Vs 20-30 quid of petrol and the convenience of not having to book a hotel room. There is also a jungle of different regulations on bikes on board from different operators.
I have at least set a rule that the distance travelled needs to be less than the ride length, which means I only tend to travel to Wales and the North for 300-600 Km events.
I have a Brompton which I use for commuting and train+bike trips. I think if the Goverment was serious about the environment, then they should invest in infrastructure, especially local infrastructure. Rail transport in Wales is probably only marginally better than it was in Tudor times (when there were no trains) and certainly worse than it was in Victorian times.