Going Dutch…

Ten property riders cycle to Amsterdam conference

Going Dutch…


A team of property riders led by James Morgan, director at civil and structural engineer Heyne Tillett Steel (HTS), cycled to the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Amsterdam earlier this month.

"We wanted to cycle with our mates and collaborators but also, in terms of sustainability, if we can get somewhere without flying we should be doing that," Morgan told Velocity. "We were going to WAF anyway. It's a nice way to travel and it's not that far."

The ten rode the 145km from HTS' office in Clerkenwell, London, to dinner at a pub in Harwich, Essex. They left at 11am and arrived at about 5.30pm, after a midway coffee stop at Maldon on the River Blackwater. "We hit Colchester in rush hour and that wasn't nice," Morgan said. "But Maldon had all these old barges with masts and sails, really beautiful.

"It was a nice, evenly-matched group and beautiful weather - blues skies, a crisp morning and we went flying along. "

After a "massive" dinner and "some" beers in Harwich, the group found themselves in the midst of a pub quiz. "We had to leave halfway through to get the ferry but if we'd stayed we would have won it," Morgan claimed.

With Club Peloton event director Chris Clarke driving a van in support, six took the overnight ferry to Hook of Holland before riding 90km of cycle paths to Amsterdam. "For about 40km we were cycling along the coast, weaving in and out, getting glimpses of the North Sea and the amazing sandy beaches," Morgan recalled. "Then we went inland and zig-zagged across canals, and stopped at a great cafe."

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris associate director Will Lee also cycled through the night back to the ferry, and Harwich, before catching a train back to London. "I fizzled out at Harwich [in a] dark wet headwind," he said. "Also I got the freezy shakes staring at the greenhouses [pictured above] for too long the night before."

The only mechanicals on the whole trip were suffered by Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt director Matt Chamberlain, who was unlucky enough to puncture before the riders set off and then twice more. "Tubeless weren't the way to go," suggested Morgan.

"We're not sure where WAF is going to be next year but if it's somewhere cyclable in Europe we'll do it again."