Best Use Of Lockdown Winner – Daren Austin OBE aka TiRed

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Daren Austin OBE, known on the Forum as TiRed, is the winner of the ‘Best Use of Lockdown’ award in this year’s Singletrack Reader Awards, in association with Kona. He has spent the past couple of years patiently explaining complicated Covid information to people on the Forum, while at the same time doing some very serious bits of work at national policy level to help inform the Government’s response to the pandemic.

When he was nominated for the award, we had a chat with him for a short podcast. Only, he had an awful lot of very interesting stuff to say, which couldn’t all be squeezed in to the 10 minute slot we had for each of the nominees. So, we’re publishing the full length version now, so you can appreciate a bit more about just how complicated all this Covid science and forecasting is. For those who have wondered why the Forum is so often the source of surprisingly expert information, it’s because it’s made up of lots of individuals like TiRed, who come to the Forum because they like bikes, but bring with them a wealth of knowledge from other areas of their lives.

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Congratulations again to Daren for winning this award, and thank you for his (continuing) contributions to the Forum.

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  • Best Use Of Lockdown Winner – Daren Austin OBE aka TiRed
  • Rich
    Full Member

    Nice one, Daren. I’ve really appreciated your posts amongst the noise. Thanks very much 👍

    footflaps
    Full Member

    Congratulations!

    Murray
    Full Member

    nice one

    IHN
    Full Member

    Tut, comin’ round ‘ere, posting accurate information based on your actual knowledge and expertise, that’s not what the internet’s for and you know it. For shame.

    Kayak23
    Full Member

    Yeah boi! 😊👊

    oldtennisshoes
    Full Member

    Excellent – well deserved.

    kelvin
    Full Member

    👏🏼

    tjagain
    Full Member

    Tut, comin’ round ‘ere, posting accurate information based on your actual knowledge and expertise, that’s not what the internet’s for and you know it. For shame.

    this!

    In reality the other thing I saw was that he was unfailingly good tempered and kind even in the face of utter nonsense.  I do hope he is crap on a bike or I will have to track him down and punish him for being just toooooooo nice and good and helpful

    Ewan
    Free Member

    Well deserved!

    tomparkin
    Full Member

    I do hope he is crap on a bike or I will have to track him down and punish him for being just toooooooo nice and good and helpful

    I listened to the podcast in full and he does 12 hour time trials and things like that. What an utter swine.

    Hats off though @TiRed, really interesting podcast and I always appreciated your input on the COVID thread when I wasn’t putting my fingers in my ears and trying to pretend it wasn’t all happening.

    Andrew Lewis
    Full Member

    Well deserved, and thanks for all the great information and knowledge you have supplied!

    leffeboy
    Full Member

    Listened to the start of that podcast and it sounds great.  Going to save that for later

    and well done Daren of course

    augustuswindsock
    Full Member

    I saw this and thought ‘ I can’t be arsed to spend 45 mins listening to a podcast – I’ll listen to the first few min’s to see what it’s about!” 45 mins later I’m sitting rivetted!
    Great work Daren, keep up the geekery!

    andybrad
    Full Member

    Well deserved

    elshalimo
    Full Member

    tenfoot
    Full Member

    Fantastic. Thanks for keeping us sane, TiRed.

    MrOvershoot
    Full Member

    Like TJ said I have never seen someone so patient with some right flutes, and so humble too.
    Not only has he been great on here and alongside his Covid work:

    Dr Daren Austin OBE is the recipient of the Sir James Black Award for Contributions to Drug Discovery for his work on developing ofatumumab, a low-dose, self-administered anti-CD20 therapeutic, for the treatment of remitting relapsing multiple sclerosis.

    That makes him a total hero in my eyes as Daren is the sort of person who gave my wife hope that her MS was treatable.

    SOOBalias
    Free Member

    IHN nailled it, but so long as you keep the accruate, balanced, informed stuff to just one thread on here, im happy to let you off 🙂

    Congrats!!

    mogrim
    Full Member

    I do hope he is crap on a bike or I will have to track him down and punish him for being just toooooooo nice and good and helpful

    I listened to the podcast in full and he does 12 hour time trials and things like that. What an utter swine.

    I googled him, at least he’s not a looker 😀

    More seriously: many congratulations @TiRed

    Ben P
    Full Member

    Fantastic. Listened to the first part of the podcast, it’s ace, good job!

    Bloody kids and them electric toys 🙂

    rona
    Full Member

    Congratulations TiRed. Thanks for being the trusted voice of reason, and for taking the time to keep us updated – very much appreciated. I would doff my hat if I had one.

    tjagain
    Full Member

    Lolz@ mogrim

    elshalimo
    Full Member

    Rona

    Congratulations TiRed. Thanks for being the trusted voice of reason, and for taking the time to keep us updated – very much appreciated. I would doff my hat if I had one.

    I’d be careful with that username – you’ve met your Nemesis !

    reluctantjumper
    Full Member

    Another one happy to see TiRed win this. That thread has helped me get through the last 2 years so many times it’s impossible to pick one!

    Will listen to the podcast when I get a bit of free time.

    Ben
    Full Member

    I’ll just add my congrats to Mr Austin. Richly deserved. Does anyone have a link to the podcast?

    welshfarmer91
    Free Member

    Congratulations, your posts have been a much needed source of information that even a simple farm worker like myself has been able to follow.

    MrOvershoot
    Full Member

    funkrodent

    I’ll just add my congrats to Mr Austin. Richly deserved. Does anyone have a link to the podcast?

    If you click the link on the top of the thread it takes you straight to it

    reluctantjumper
    Full Member

    Just listened to the podcast while doing a gentle Zwift ride. Very informative and really does make my respect for you a little bit higher. If our paths ever cross IRL your drink will be paid for.

    reeksy
    Full Member

    >Cap doffing emoji<

    It’s nice to be able to refer to (and sometimes quote) a “bloke on this bike forum thing” who actually has genuine, verifiable credibility.

    Thanks for stepping back and taking the time to translate.

    Drac
    Full Member

    Extremely well deserved.

    howarthp
    Full Member

    Congratulations to a fellow TCCer.

    Much deserved Daren

    TedC
    Full Member

    Agree with all that has been said above. In a sea of information, mis-information, random opinions and down right rubbish on COVID, I always came back to the thread for clarity and understanding.

    Thank you TiRed.

    pondo
    Full Member

    Fantastic, contributions to society in general and this forum in particular way above and beyond – and a cracking podcast too! If I could work out how to post pictures or GIFs, there’d definitely be one here applauding vigorously. 🙂

    stretch…
    Free Member

    Congratulations TiRed, well deserved. I’ve used some of your information to help explain things to our team of NHS engineers – thank you

    mogrim
    Full Member

    I’ll just add my congrats to Mr Austin

    Dr. Austin, if I’m not mistaken 👍

    mikeyp
    Full Member

    Well done Daren, Ive shamelessly regurgitated all the clever stuff you’ve said on the threads and pretended I’m far cleverer than I am.

    davosaurusrex
    Full Member

    Bit of perspective needed I think. He’s not that nice, he did a free online bike fit for me a while back out of the kindness of his heart! Makes you think doesn’t it? Tut.

    chrismac
    Full Member

    Just listened to the podcast and had low expectations. How wrong I was, he was great, interesting and definitely a great communicator. Thoroughly enjoyed it

    blokeuptheroad
    Full Member

    Congratulations! Though I seldom post in it, I’m a long time reader of ‘the thread’. Mostly so I can filter out all the guff and read your measured, insightful and often reassuring words of wisdom. Hugely appreciated, many thanks.

    frankconway
    Full Member

    Congratulations Daren.
    Truly the voice of sanity, reason and knowledge.

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