When cycling in the [wikipop]Cotswolds[/wikipop] you could not go more than a mile without hitting a hill. Here you can cycle all day without hitting a hill. Although people do seem to buy bikes with lots of gears or, even stranger, mountain bikes. So without any hill climbing challenges one has to resort to speed. Starting from the bridge over the [wikipop]M60 Motorway[/wikipop] round the [wikipop]Sale Water Park[/wikipop], across the bridge over the [wikipop]River Mersey[/wikipop] and along the riverbank to Chorlton Water Park in under 4 minutes 😉 The recent snow has left everywhere wet and muddy 🙁

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I turned the camera upwards while crossing the motorway bridge thinking it might make a neat kaleidoscopic movie…

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Before the [W:BBC] series Britain By Bike reaches hereabouts and shows you some fantasy rural cycling idyll I can reveal some of the real everyday horrors you can encounter…

Get the Flash Player to see this video.

The opening shots are from a head mounted camera hence the swaying effect.

This post was to test the [W:HTML 5] embedding thing but it did not work. And so there is a better mp4 version (25MB) and a full screen version (120MB) available.

The music is a version of The Maids of Mitchelstown by [W:The Bothy Band].

Update:
The HTML 5/ MP4 thing seems to be alive and well. Next stop the [W:Ogg] version.

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Updated update: There is an Ogg version now and it is working on my Mac with Safari, FireFox, Opera and Chrome browsers. And in FireFox on Ubuntu in Virtual Box too.
So farewell Flash!