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Video – Commuter race with a twist as Londoner times his running vs cycling journey to work

Which is quicker along the towpath and into the West End? It’s a close-run thing …

A London man has put a new spin on a commuting race that pitches different ways of travel against each other – by timing his journey to work by bike and by jogging, and producing a video that seeks to find out which is quicker.

Max Joseph, who uploaded the footage to YouTube, said: “I live about 5.5km from where I work and sometimes commute on bike and sometimes by running.

“It sounds like a no brainer that the cycle would be quicker, but rush hour traffic makes it an interesting race.”

It’s a close run thing – the length of the commute from the Hoxton/Haggerston borders to Soho may have something to do with that, as does the fact that he doesn’t hammer it along the Regent’s Canal towpath on the bike, and also stops at red lights.

There’s some nice graphics in the video, which includes some wry observations on the commute and the odd swear word (in case you’re at work) – watch it here.


Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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