There were 805 cyclist deaths in 1950 – let's stop grasping for a mythical 'Golden Age of Cycling'

Demanding more as cyclists will always be important, but we shouldn't be blinded to everyday goodness

Cyclists on a group ride as the sun is setting
(Image credit: Getty Images)

If your online algorithms are anything like mine, you will have been told many times to live more in the present. I'm not sure exactly what that says about me, but I don't imagine I'm alone. Media of all kinds is alive with mindfulness and similar strategies exhorting us to live more in the moment, rather than waiting for a situation to change, or wishing it was like it once was.

Cycling as a whole could do with a bit of this right now.

Thank you for reading 20 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.