Life On Two Wheels

Along the river and toward the mountains a morning shadow shimmers across the road. The rays of the first light jet through the trees and across a figure gliding upon the road. His breath trails in short spurts, petrified as it hits the icy air. All is quiet except the slight sound of the athlete as he summons himself for yet another days work. Soon the rest of the world will bustle with life as well and the brief simplicity of cyclist and nature will disappear into the everyday struggle of life in full motion; the errands and intervals, the appointments and intersections, and the deadlines and finish lines OutPaceTheRace

Friday, March 03, 2006

Pondering at rest- March 3, '06

Pondering at rest- North Bend, WA
March 3, 2006

I’m not sure if you’ve all noticed this or not, but Americans seem to be infiltrating the bonds of the traditionally “French” sport of bicycling. I don’t often try to make news out of stuff because there’s no news to report on (i.e. tune your TV to any major news network), but am I the only one who’s noticed that multiple pro tour teams are lead by Americans? So… when does its status as a French sport change to a popular, or whatever,
sport? I guess they dub sports that you’ve got to work really hard in French because the French are so hard working. Mark my word though, when you see people turn out in numbers like they did in the inaugural ToC, something’s to be said for the future of cycling in America.
I suppose that cycling is more popular in Europe because there everything’s close together. Rather than walking to and from the house and town, you can expedite the process by grabbing a bike. But on the other side of the lake no one’s in any particular hurry, so why ride when you can walk? Awe, life is so confusing when you have to work for 3-5 hours a day.