David McWilliams: Lurid gear and swanky bikes mark cycling as the new golf

Cycling, once a blue collar sport, is now the pursuit of choice for the professional classes

Cycling has attracted the reasonably comfortable middle aged, whose children are almost reared, with the time and money to commit to a top-of-the-range rothair. Photograph: iStock

Cycling has attracted the reasonably comfortable middle aged, whose children are almost reared, with the time and money to commit to a top-of-the-range rothair. Photograph: iStock

Kingfisher’s Kitchen, just opposite the town clock in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, on a Sunday morning any time after 8am, is a perfect spot for Mamil (middle aged men in Lycra) watching.

Here he is so self-assured, you don’t even have to sneak up on him. Secure among his own species, the normally socially anxious Mamil congregates with carefree abandon. Today, he luxuriates in the bright sunshine, resplendent in multi-hued plumes of bright pinks, greens and blues.

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