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Reasons to be Cheerful
photo by jtred23
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…
- How good is this shot ! “@TourdeKorea2013: @mike_cuming looking good in yellow! #TdK2013 @johnherety @raphacondor http://t.co/CrCV1zkCUB”
- RT @TourdeKorea2013: @mike_cuming looking good in yellow! #TdK2013 @johnherety @raphacondor http://t.co/oCjdyhvSue
- Reality check we also lost teammates @AaronBuggle and @carthy94 today. Going to be tough to defend.
- @mike_cuming in yellow with just over a minutes lead going into the final 2 stages of @TourdeKorea2013 couldn't of happened to a nicer guy
- RT @TourdeKorea2013: 25km to go in Stage 6. @mike_cuming is the virtual leader for @raphacondor. #TdK2013
- RT @TourdeKorea2013: 102 riders will sign on today after eight were dropped by their teams in the TTT and failed to make the time cut. #TdK…
- RT @London_phill: @raphacondor @MiBsponsor @james_fairbank_ Rapha team in Tour De Korea 2013 TTT http://t.co/SW09x70Zs0
- RT @182Jay: @raphacondor please share my @JustGiving page @thomwilson88, @DavidMetherell1 and I are fundraising for @MyelomaUK http://t.co…
- Great ride by the boys in Korea. 3rd by only 3 seconds in the 25km TTT today. Mike Cuming now up to 5th overall.
- Some nice pics of the boys and report on the great Mr Cancy's ride last night: http://t.co/ctoHu37ixb