A keen cyclist - and not just to the station and back - Thompson appears to be someone with abundant energy and a relentless appetite for work.
Says a fawning profile of BBC boss Mark Thompson.
Every morning Thompson cycles to the train station in Oxford. He arrives at Paddington, where he is picked up and ferried to the office by 9am.
From Paddington Station to Thompson’s office at the BBC is a distance of less than two miles. Plainly a chauffeur-driven car is absolutely essential for a journey of such magnitude, even for ‘a keen cyclist’.