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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 has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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