On a Bicycle in Germany

Wiggo, shadowed by Froome, en route to victory in the Tour de France (c) Meirion Harries

During Covid, I spent 101 days on a (virtual) cycle ride round Germany to raise money for the homeless people cared for by St Martin in the Fields, the church at the corner of Trafalgar Square in the heart of London. The journey started in Berlin at the house of my elder son and his wife and each day I would pedal the distance to a new town and write a blog post about it. To make sure all was shipshape, the ride was monitored by the Race Marshal – who, unfairly, was riding her pink electric Harley.

This image of Wiggo was taking by me lying in a ditch on the downslope of the Tourmalet. My younger son is next to me, both of us somewhat bruised by the hail of keyrings and madeleines from the publicity floats that always precedes the peleton. (If you like images of cyclists, there are more on the Peleton page – current link here).

People were very supportive of the St Martin’s mission – and I would like again to thank them. The old blog website is closing- but for anyone interested, here is the journey:

COUNTDOWN To the Grand Depart – and a recipe for currywurst

DAY ONE The Grand Depart – a lIttle about Caspar David Friedrich

DAY TWO Käthe Kollwitz – by Marcus Rees Roberts with a sculptural commentary by Therese Melville

DAY THREE The Corduroy Road – down the Kurfurstendamm to Potsdam

Until the transfer of posts is complete, the remainder may be seen herethe germany blog