We all need an outlet. An escape that allows us to clear our minds on a daily basis. When I was racing my bicycle, my training filled that need. Just about every day of the week, I’d know that I’d be getting in the saddle and pedaling out anger, frustration, and just clearing my head of everything. This was particularly true on the weekends during the fall and winter months—the off-season from racing—when I was doing high-volume and long base-building rides that would be four or five hours a pop. This video I made for the Rapha Festive 500 a couple years ago, captures that amazing feeling of freedom and calmness perfectly.
It’s been two years since I retired from bicycle racing, but I still yearn for the feeling that I used to get on the bike. While nothing can replace the act of becoming one with a machine—bike racers refer to their bicycles as machines—and propelling yourself with only your energy and power, I’ve been able to capture some of the spirit of that freedom by riding a different kind of bike: my motorcycle.
I don’t get to ride every day, though I try to as often as I can. Sometimes only for 30 minutes to an hour. It’s the four or five hour rides I used to do on the bicycle, but it’s just enough for me to forget about everything for a moment. It is extremely therapeutic. And necessary. My absolute favorite season to ride is the fall and I’m so glad it’s about to return. I love the crisp air and the color of the changing leaves. It’s one of the most beautiful times of the year, don’t you think? When I see the cyclists out riding, especially in the fall, I get very nostalgic. Maybe I’ll start riding again. Or maybe I won’t. It’s hard for me to go back to something as an amateur, that I did at such a high level for so long. Maybe though.
How do you clear your head on a daily basis?
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