Our New Cycling Blog
This week we begin a series of articles for our cycling fraternity. Be you young or old, male or female, we hope that there’s something here for you.
We’re going to be writing about our days on the road, about cycling events, about cycling gear and how it’s made – and anything that you suggest which we feel we can do.
We’re also asking you to send it your stories, feelings, anecdotes and photos to share with our readers; do you have a great story to tell…? Send it to us and we’ll evaluate it for publication.
The Joy of Riding
It can be hard to convey the sheer joy of riding to someone who hasn’t tried it, or who tried later in life but never really got going. But there’s a sheer exhilaration that all athletes know that cyclists young and old, amateur, professional and hobbyists all share. I remember one day in the hills of Wales in the UK, I was exhausted and still had around fifty miles to get home. Suddenly, the rain poured down into the surrounding trees, the lakes – and me!
Pure joy overtook my weary limbs and I dismounted and laughed and laughed and laughed for the pure joy of being alive! NOTHING beats that feeling. Even as I sit here typing, the memory brings tears to my eyes.
On another occasion, I was in the highlands of Scotland on my trusty Dawes Tourer. So far, I’d endured sunshine, rain, wind, calm and then snow – Scotland can be like that. The day was dim and I had a long, long way to go – another 50 miles to reach Carlisle where I would be stopping for the night. In the midst of the snow, as I grimly pedaled forward, a van pulled up ahead of me and stopped.
I still remember what I was wearing that day – nylon yellow shorts, a T-shirt and a nylon windbreaker. The rear door of the van opened and kindly young soul peered out, beckoning me – “Get in lad!” he invited. I paused for a moment, looked down the gloomy road ahead, took a deep, chill breath and responded “No thanks mate – I’ve started now so I guess I’ve got to finish”. To my eternal delight, I heard another voice from the van – “He’s f***ing mad!!!” That voice carried me for the next fifty miles!
Tell us YOUR Story
No matter where you are or who you are, if you’re a cyclists then you’ve got a story to share – use our contact form and tell us about it! We’d really like to hear from you.