Daniel Barnes


London Cycling Campaign
London Cycling Campaign (LCC) is the largest urban cycling organisation in the world. LCC campaigns for better cycling facilities, supports our 11,050 members, and promotes cycling to all Londoners. LCC fights for the rights of cyclists in London. We campaign for a greener and healthier city, with cycling placed at the centre of transport and planning policies.
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Dan vs...The Pyrenees

Daniel Barnes

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Roll up, roll up!  Its that time of year again... my annually dislocating shoulder is firmly attached to the rest of me, there is cycling on the telly, and I have a finely cultivated "t-shirt" tan.  It can mean only one thing... I am once again preparing to hurl myself up some mountains all in the name of making cycling in london a little bit safer.  Oui est le Etape?!

We all know how difficult climbing can be.  Climbing out of bed, climbing up the stairs.. even climbing out of a taxi after a hard nights boozing... climbing’s tough! On the 20th July I will join around 14,000 other amateur cyclists to take on one of the most gruelling stages to feature in this year's Tour de France, riding 148km from the city of Pau to the ski station at the summit of the Hautacam, taking in a princely 4,000m of climbing.  Yep…climbing is hard work!

This year, at least I have a couple of support riders joining me in the form of Steve and Paul, who I indeed to burn through as they catapult me to success at the summit.  It's not a plan we've discussed, but Lance never did much consulting on his plans and he did alright...  I'm confident that at the slightest sign of trouble either will offer me their bikes and give me a push on my way.  Well, that’s what I imagine anyway.

But I'm also going to need your support at home as well, and what better way to show your support than parting with a little bit of your hard earned cash.  As with previous episodes of cycling madness, I am going to be raising money for the London Cycling Campaign.  Over the last three years, friends, LCC members, family & total strangers have helped me raise nearly £13,500 in sponsorship, which is an incredible amount of money- and something both I and the LCC are incredibly grateful for. 

In February 2011 I lost a close friend, Dan Cox, when he was sadly killed in Dalston Junction as a left-turning Lorry cut across his path.  Dan never stood a chance, as the situation he was placed in meant there simply wasn’t anywhere to go.  Even sadder, that year Dan was one of 16 cyclists killed in very similar circumstances.  Just 18 months before this, I had also been left at the side of the road after a hit and run, and know very personally the damage to lives accidents like this cause, both physically and emotionally. 

Making cycling in London safer doesn't even require as much high-vis clothing, lycra (well, its optional) and padded crotches as you might expect.  What it does require is change, and a voice for cyclists to prevent any more repeats of the kind of accidents that have become all too commonplace.  The London Cycling Campaign works to improve road safety across London, through better education for both cyclists and drivers, and by ensuring cycling has a voice in the development of the capitals transport and infrastructure plans. The best bit is you can help without having to do any campaigning yourself- all they need is your support.  For which read ‘money’…

I now serve as a trustee with the charity, and understand better than ever the importance fundraising like this has in allowing the LCC to continue its vital work. I'm going to ask you to dig deep and spare whatever you can and see if we can't keep a great tradition going... and help support a great charity again for 2014. 


Big Love,




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01.08.14 Spero che i gabbiani seguono il rimorchio alla vittoria. Andare!

01.08.14 Hooray - Well done Dan!


23.07.14 Well done chaps!

23.07.14 Well done!!! :)

23.07.14 So proud of you all. Such a fantastic achievement!!! Hugs!

23.07.14 Well done guys...

23.07.14 Good effort mate, all sounded like it was pretty honking up there near the summit. See you soon. Jon and Claire

23.07.14 Nice one mate :)

23.07.14 Good work Dan!

23.07.14 Well done you lovely boys! Very proud of you. Xxx

23.07.14 Fan-bloody-tastic, boys xx

21.07.14 Good luck chaps!!

20.07.14 Allez Allez Dan!

20.07.14 Good luck Dan x


19.07.14 The very best of British to you all. Allez

19.07.14 I've been to the top of Tourmalet, Dan. Dunno what the fuss is about ... Stay safe. xxx

19.07.14 Go Paul and friends! A very worthy cause

18.07.14 Good luck to all of you!

18.07.14 Good luck to you all (but especially my baby brother!!!) back safely please xxx

18.07.14 Good luck all out there - chapeau!

18.07.14 I want pictures of Paul Wolfson suffering in exchange :-)! Good luck with the stage!

18.07.14 Good luck Dan. Your endless fundraising efforts are amazing!

17.07.14 You're mad (but in a good way).


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