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Reasons to be Cheerful
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Still mourning the last sun of summer? Bemoaning the passing of long, hot days, and five-hour rides stretching long into the evening? (The British reader may be struggling to recall any long, hot rides on home roads these past few months, but that is selective memory. Think hard).
Then snap out of it and embrace the beauty of autumn. Keats, to my knowledge, was not a cyclist of note, but he knew his season of mists and mellow fruitfulness alright. The fruit-laden trees have done their job once more, the sun is low and the temperature slowly receding, and it is all good. Autumn is quite the most enjoyable riding season.
Consider the benefits. No more leg-shaving; no more pretending it is warm enough for shorts and sleeveless jersey, shivering all the while. Wearing all your favourite clothing in one go, topped off with a proper cap. No pressure – the road season finally over, a ride is just that, and not training.
The chances of rain may be higher, but so are the chances of seeing something memorable (the herd of deer crossing my path in Epping Forest the other day spring to mind). We can take the time to fully appreciate the view.
Autumn in cycling circles was always – and may still be – referred to as the ‘social season’, a time for club dinners, catching up with old friends and supping the occasional ale or two before knuckling down to the serious business in December.
And for those of a permanent competitive bent, hill climbs, cyclo-cross and roller racing should keep the racing monkey off your back through the coming months.
So make the most of it. It’ll be Christmas before you know it…
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- Part Two from @RigoZimmerman's series, ‘The Winter’ is now available to read → http://t.co/GIl5Kj9Sfy • Part One → http://t.co/8IclbHCHcc
- As teased at the weekend, Rapha is pleased to welcome the return of Alpe d’Quiz, three weeks of… http://t.co/od3pWXomm9
- The 2013 edition of Alpe d’Quiz is now underway. For a chance to win a Rapha Backpack + Rain Cover, enter here → http://t.co/3n8XlqiNYq
- Inspired by the 21 bends of Alpe d'Huez, we bring back Alpe d’Quiz with a Rapha prize to be won each day. Enter now → http://t.co/3n8XlqiNYq
- @joneaves No problem Jon, we do our best. Thanks for the feedback.
- Our very own "Super-knecht" @grutte_bear leaves us today to return to his homeland of Holland. So, we… http://t.co/sSULSkWcRw
- RT @RaphaCycleClub: NYC: The new @rapharacing Cross Transfer Jacket has great details. Which is why we’ll take #oneoftheseplease http://t.…
- While we are on the Rapha x Raeburn collection. Read this fantastic interview with Chris and Graeme by @JohnProlly http://t.co/TDg48zHfVS