JFK was said to have commented: “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride”, but that purity of an image, a rider and their bike with just the winding trail heading off into the wilderness is changing rapidly in our technology driven times.
I recently watched a video by world-renowned portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz who famously photographed John Lennon on the day he was assassinated. She was talking about her work and one thing she said really struck me: “I’m not a technical photographer... If that’s what you’re thinking about then you’re not taking photographs”.
The end of my working season came to a close at the end of November. I had spent the season travelling around Europe riding in some fantastic locations and meeting many interesting people, but as it all came to a close, I returned home to heavy rain, cold temperatures and a serious lack of motivation to get on a bike.
In a recent column I quoted JFK: “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.”
The world of cycling is filled with dos and don’ts. I don’t mean the thick race rule book that arrives every year with my British Cycling membership, or even the Highway Code.
“That is some of the best kilometres I’ve ever cycled, anywhere”.
Does cycling still appeal to the youth or is it now the preserve of the wealthy and middle-aged?
Too often we hear of the negative side of riding a bike on our roads. Social and mainstream media is jam-packed with stories of accidents, close calls and, often, the tragic results of such encounters.
As a cycling guide and coach, I tend to work seven days a week, with 14-hour days a regular feature of my daily working life. Ironically, this means I find very little time to ride my bike for myself, so find I’m trying to fit opportunities to cycle in any spare moments.
Over the last nine weeks I’ve looked at various cycling related activities that if you haven’t already done so, you might want to stick on your “to-do” list for 2018. It is of course a subjective list and open to personal opinion, so feel free to ignore any or all of my suggestions. Ultimately, if you are out on your bike and doing something you love, then there should be no higher purpose in cycling.