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For this profile, we put our questions to Michael Brunner, a cycling member resident in Germany.
Q. Which sport(s) do you / did you participate in?
A. Cycling – Road, Cyclo-cross, Touring
Q. Which year did you become a veggie and why?
A. Something around 1992 when I realized that the piece of meat on my plate was actually a part of a dead animal and tasted horrible
Q. What’s your favourite veggie food?
A. I like chickpeas – falafel, chickpea flour pancakes, hummus
Q. Could you recommend a good veggie café / restaurant?
A. Sattgrün in Düsseldorf, Germany: my favourite place for lunch breaks
Q. Thinking about your sporting activities, what’s your favourite event to participate in?
A. Dunwich Dynamo a night ride to the Suffolk coast
Q. What’s your favourite sports event to watch?
A. Ronde van Flanderen, (Tour de France only if it’s in Yorkshire 😀 )
Q. Are there any other sports you’d like to try?
A. Maybe some day Krav Maga
Q. What made you start participating?
A. Being a veggie for more than the half of my life I just didn’t think about it because it was just normal. But when I had to change my diet last year I again became more conscious of being a veggie with the result of increasing the vegan part of my diet. In combination with my plan to become an End2Ender (see below) in the next five years it was an obvious choice to join an UK based club to remind me of my plans (and there isn’t a veggie cycling club in Germany anyway 😉 )
Q. Do you / did you always train purposefully, or just for fun?
A. Just for fun
Q. Do you / did you prefer to be on trails / off road, or on the road?
A. A nice calm country lane with rolling hills, that’s fun
Q. What is your favourite distance to run / cycle?
A. If there’s the time, get up in the morning and go for 200km+, but no matter what distance – get on your bike!
Q. Which events are on your ‘must do’ or ‘would like to do’ list?
A. Three come to mind:
Q. What are your plans, sporting wise, for the next few years?
A. I’ll do my E2E ride (LEJOG – Land’s End to John o’ Groats [ed]) in the next 5 years, so some more long-distance rides might be useful (maybe Germany west to east next year)
Q. What is favourite post-event / post-training treat?
A. Some home made Ginger Ale or a cool non-alcoholic Weizenbier in the summertime
Q. Do you have any tips for those starting out in your sport?
A. Get on your bike and have fun. Slowly increase the distances to your first 100k and don’t bother about training tips 😉
Q. What is your favourite bit of kit?
A. My Carradice Super C SQR Tour seat-post bag
Q. What would you recommend as a good food for refuelling on those long runs / bike-rides?
A. Dates and bananas
Q. Which sporting achievement are you most proud of?
A. I’m not a competitive rider, so the sporting achievement I’m most proud of is when I started my ride in Harwich on the first day (Fri) to go to London, did the DunRun [Dunwich Dynamo (see above) – ed] from Hackney to the Suffolk coast on the Saturday night, returned from Dunwich to the Harwich Ferry on Sunday and crossed to the Netherlands on Monday to return to Germany. So I did about 620km in four days carrying my 7kg of luggage on my bike.
Alex Keil steps into the spotlight for this member profile.
VCAC: Your name?
AK: Alex Keil
VCAC: Which sport(s) do you/did you participate in?
AK: Running! However, I would like to get back into cycling at some point: which I did recreationally before taking up running.
This time in our series of VCAC members’ profiles, we turn the spotlight onto Jayme Morgan from Lancashire.
VCAC: Your name?
HW: Helen Wood.
VCAC: Which sport(s) do you, or did you participate in?
HW: Road Running.
[Many thanks to Alastair McLaughlin for this fantastic report and photographs]
A Coventry Way is a full circumnavigation of the city of Coventry in Warwickshire. It was started in the 70s, and thrashed out over decades of path finding (literally thrashed out in some places) by some local runners who were training for mountain marathons by running in the countryside around the city. You can find a history on the association’s home page.
Yes, spring is definitely in the air and bringing with it the usual crop of early-season races. Two of these had club representatives amongst the entrants: but at rather different ends of their respective fields…
[Thanks to Simon Cope for this fascinating race report.]
This race takes place around Bledlow Ridge, a couple of miles from my home, so knowing what the terrain is like, I’d avoided it until now!
In a sudden burst of enthusiasm, however, I decided to chuck in my application form and go for it.
Here’s how it panned out…
[Thanks to Alex Kiel for this report]
Last Sunday (5 March, 2017) will, I have no doubt at all, go down as a memorable day in my running journey. Not only was it my first half marathon, but it was also my first time racing for the Vegetarian Cycling and Athletic Club.
The race …. Haweswater Half Marathon.
[Thanks to Guy Riddell for this report. The event took place on the 26th February, 2017]
This was a cracking race, and it was great to catch up with Graham Tracey again: and finish in front of him for the first time.
We had a fair amount of rain in the week leading up to the race, and although I had been assured road shoes should be fine, I gambled on lacing up my trusty Brooks Cascadias on race day. They have seen me round a one hundred mile race on a variety of road/trail/muddy field; so really not much of a gamble.
The last two months have both set records for the number of people visiting the VC&AC website, and the number of pages read. The image below shows some of the statistics that we collect about the site.