Cycling

Save me from middle managers dressed up as Spiderman

28 April 2018 9:00 am

‘You’ve got your essay on your back, then?’ said the stable yard owner as I headed out with Darcy on…

Would Laurence Olivier be allowed to play Othello today?

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Ethnic ethics Actor Ed Skrein withdrew from a cartoon film after protests that he had the wrong ethnic background to…

Most sportsmen cheat – they’d be mad not to

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Most top-level sportsmen cheat – they’d be mad not to

Syrian and Russian jets ‘unleash a new hell’ bombing civilians in Aleppo

1 October 2016 9:00 am

Home Sir Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, said that Britain would oppose attempts to create an EU army, as it…

Why Eddie Howe should be the next England manager

1 October 2016 9:00 am

The name of Jozef Venglos won’t mean much to most of us apart from a few Aston Villa completists with…

Extraterrestrial invader: Lance Armstrong

Why it’s still so hard to cheer for the Tour de France

2 July 2016 9:00 am

On Saturday at Mont St Michel, the 103rd edition of the Tour de France begins, and the favourite to win…

Cycling with a Provençal saint

18 June 2016 9:00 am

Michel is one of those Frenchmen one encounters now and again whose shining saintliness is beyond rational understanding. This great…

Cycling in Lycra is bad for the soul

7 May 2016 9:00 am

Cycling in funny clothes is bad for the soul

Girl about town — on a bicycle

23 January 2016 9:00 am

The old ditty got it wrong: it should have been ‘Maybe it’s because I’m not a Londoner that I love…

Cycling is about much more than winning — and David Millar’s The Racer is quite a ride

14 November 2015 9:00 am

In 2004, French police officers searching the home of the professional cyclist David Millar found some syringes and empty phials…

Seb Coe is a fine man... who deserves to feel uncomfortable

14 November 2015 9:00 am

So Smiley was right all along: the bloody Russians were the baddest of the bad. The Pound report on the…

The Program could do with a good dose of performance-enhancing drugs

17 October 2015 8:00 am

The Program, as directed by Stephen Frears, is a biopic of Lance Armstrong, the American cyclist and ‘sporting hero’ who…

Why the boffin behind the Brompton is Britain’s greatest living designer

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Asked to name Britain’s greatest living industrial designer, most people might cite Sir Jony Ive of Apple or Sir James…

Just how hard is it to sack a lord?

1 August 2015 9:00 am

Safe house Lord Sewel is unique in leaving the House of Lords in disgrace. Until the House of Lords Reform…

Australia’s amazing, exhausting sporting comebacks

25 July 2015 9:00 am

I have never met an Aussie I didn’t like, but, crikey, their sporting indefatigability is exhausting. Don’t they ever give…

The romance of cycling is suggested in this advertisement for Columbia Bicycles, with its quotation from ‘Lochinvar’

Bicycling: the Marmite means of transport

9 May 2015 9:00 am

Bicycles — in Britain, anyway — are the Marmite means of transport. I am among the bicycle-lovers, almost religious and…

The only way to survive as a cyclist is to behave like you're suicidal

3 May 2014 9:00 am

The only way to survive as a London cyclist is to behave like a complete nutter

Spectator letters: Interpreting Islam, and Spectator-reading thieves

5 April 2014 9:00 am

Chapter and verse on Islam Sir: Irshad Manji’s generally very sensible article on ‘Reclaiming Islam’ (29 March) suggests using the…

Spectator letters: Interpreting Islam, and Spectator-reading thieves

5 April 2014 9:00 am

Chapter and verse on Islam Sir: Irshad Manji’s generally very sensible article on ‘Reclaiming Islam’ (29 March) suggests using the…

Land of Second Chances, by Tim Lewis - review

27 July 2013 9:00 am

This is a book about Rwanda. It’s a book about cycling. But it’s not, in the end, a book about…

Letters

11 May 2013 9:00 am

One-nation Toryism Sir: When my late father, John McKee, stood as Conservative candidate for South Shields in the 1970 general…

The tyranny of the cycle track

27 April 2013 9:00 am

Stop turning beautiful country paths into grim cycle routes

Wheels of fortune

14 May 2011 12:00 am

There are among us a churlish few who consider the term ‘sports personality’ to be an oxymoron.