Wacky Races: How our reporter fared as he took the humble bike to work

Cycling is quite simply the best way to commute.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 24th February 2018, 1:00 pm
Updated Saturday, 24th February 2018, 1:25 pm
Reporter Mark Casci rode his bike into work for our commuter race into Leeds.
Reporter Mark Casci rode his bike into work for our commuter race into Leeds.

You arrive at work faster than any other mode of transport, it keeps you fit, you don’t contribute to clogging up the roads and your journey is emission free.

And it costs nothing!

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Reporter Mark Casci rode his bike into work for our commuter race into Leeds.

While others were crushed into buses or sat nose-to-tail in traffic I was whistling along next to the water without a care in the world.

I use the Leeds Liverpool Canal for the majority of my journey and only use Kirkstall Road during the winter when heading home as it is too dark to use the towpath.

Kirkstall Road going into town, in particular, is very unsafe for those on bikes and every cyclist I know thinks the recent ‘upgrade’ of the cycle lanes has made matters worse.

Nearly two years ago I was hit by a car. I lost one of my teeth but walked away with just cuts and bruises.

Reporter Mark Casci rode his bike into work for our commuter race into Leeds.

I have seen the aftermath of incidents in which cyclists were far less lucky.

Find out how everyone else got on in our wacky race across Leeds by clicking the links below...