Sky News anchor, Dermot Murnaghan is cycling around the South West of England to look at how the downturn has affected the region – naturally the two day ride is dubbed the “Economic Cycle”… well, we would've too.
Murnaghan's has made good use of the national cycle network for much of his ride – which finishes in Bristol and Bath today – which leads him to draw an analogy between it and the nation's current economic situation:
“One minute you're happily pedalling on a beautiful tarmac-laden cliff top route, admiring the panorama and taking in the air.
Seconds later, the path ends without warning and you're forced onto a lethal B road, dodging the advancing vans and dodging the potholes.
In many ways it's a useful metaphor for what has happened to the economy over the past year. Suddenly and without warning the decade and half of confident prosperity came to a shuddering halt.”
That'll be Dermot of the Sustrans Christmas card list. You can check out his route here (okay he's not exactly flogging himself, but he is on a bike… and he has got a camera crew in tow) Oh, and the bike's a Trek.
Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.