Dr Hutch: Can we have Strava wind segments, please?

An ill wind blows through Dr Hutch's training roads that Strava would do well to recognise

My friend Bernard and I disagree about many things. One of the regulars is the route for a ride. He’s unaccountably fond of riding through town centres when he can, which I hate. Or he will put endless creativity into constructing routes composed entirely of little lanes where there is nothing but two gravel wheeltracks with a mohican of grass up the middle and where you puncture every five miles.

If he has to combine with something else, he’s not at all averse to doing 10 miles on a dual carriageway, preferably in the rain. What he really can’t stand is what I like best — a decent-sized country road with a good surface where you can ride fast, but which might have a car every couple of minutes.

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Michael Hutchinson is a writer, journalist and former professional cyclist. As a rider he won multiple national titles in both Britain and Ireland and competed at the World Championships and the Commonwealth Games. He was a three-time Brompton folding-bike World Champion, and once hit 73 mph riding down a hill in Wales. His Dr Hutch columns appears in every issue of Cycling Weekly magazine