Next year, the Tour de France will allegedly start in York. I'm not excited about that at all! If I want to look at people on bicycles I'll look around me during my commute. Plenty of them! Some rather fast as well. But on my way back from the moors I wasn't given any chance; a policeman (or a race official) on a motorbike gestured me (and all the other drivers) off the road. There was a bicycle race coming! So what can you do. I got out, got my camera ready and almost failed to see the horizontal lines whizzing past that must have been the only observable manifestation of the first two cyclists. And then the peloton followed! As they were going downhill they were gone in a jiffy, and I could continue my journey home. Even though I enjoyed watching that, I've seen enough road racing for the rest of the year now!
This blog started as a tool to keep my Dutch friends informed on my whereabouts when I moved abroad. It quickly also became an external memory for my own use. It largely failed as a stage for discussions on whatever is worth discussing. And it has become a way of sharing my scientific knowledge with a lay audience. And who knows, it could become even more! And whatever it is you are looking for among all this: welcome.