About

When I’m not riding my bike, planning rides or fettling on my bikes, I’m writing for the Financial Times about the German banking industry .

I don’t exactly remember when I got my first bike but I’m cycling since I was a small boy. I’m using the bike for getting around in London as well as for touring. Usually once a year my wife and I are doing a cycling holiday. We take our sleeping bags and our tent and are on our bikes for two to three weeks. We’ve been in Italy, France, Sweden, Norway and Wales.

The longest and most impressive bike trip I’ve done was in 2005 with my father. For three months we  cycled across the United States. We started in Charlottesville, Virginia and ended in Portland, Oregon.

It was one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life.

While living in London, I discovered the joy of night rides and  long-distance riding. I rode Paris-Brest-Paris in 2015 and 2019 as well as London-Edinburgh-London in 2017.

Between September 2014 and May 2018, I also was on the “Randonneur Round the Year” treadmill.

The series broke because of a little mishap on the Brompton, which ended in an open patella fracture.

 

Cycling in Wales

6 thoughts on “About

  1. COLP & TFL have done their upmost to improve safety awareness for cyclist its time all youb riders do what all HGV drivers do which is 7.5 hours annual safety training in addition to our 5 year medicals,ongoing driver assessments and 6 weekly MOT equivalents on our trucks..btw I’m also a cyclist

  2. Sabina Corsini

    Hello Olaf,
    my name is Sabina Corsini, my nephew lost his life in an accident with a Lorry in London on 31 October 2016, cycling home form university, his parents and I are coming to London in March and would like to meet you as your blog rises awarness in a very strong way on the dangerous situation of HDV traffic in central london.
    we are also talking for Lucia’s family, Lucia lost her life in the same way just 7 days before Filippo’s deathly accident.
    I would like to contact you directly, if possible, as we are doing a charity event in favour of The Lonfdon Cyclist campaing
    all my best Sabina Corsini

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