Choose Cycling.

Choose Cycling. Choose to ride. Choose to train. Choose Road Racing, Cyclo-Cross, Time-trials and Cross Country. Choose bulging legs, low body fat and the upper body of an eight year old. Choose tiredness, pain, aching muscles and energy drain. Choose a bike. Choose clip-in pedals. Choose a jersey and shorts in matching colours. Choose early morning club runs and late night turbos. Choose a team. Choose village sign sprints and interval training. Choose lactic acid searing through your muscles as you strain on the hills. Choose far away races, long drives and wondering who the hell you are on a Sunday morning. Choose the breakaway. Choose risks. Choose clipping the apex and feeling your rear wheel skid on a drain cover. Choose energy gels, caffeine, cake and protein shakes. Choose mind numbing, spirit crushing winter rides in hail and snow. Choose your turbo music. Choose Dance, Trance, Rock and Pop to make those monotonous revolutions seem more varied. Choose "That" race. Choose the celebrations after a team victory. Choose team banter. Choose watching The Giro and The Tour. Choose competition against the odds. Choose the unlikely victory. Choose the cycling tan-lines. Choose the mountains, the flatlands and everything in between. Choose the off season with social rides and twitching muscles, just wanting to start racing again. Choose to dream. Choose to aim as high as possible, you might just get there. 
Choose Life...But why would you want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life: I chose something else. I chose Cycling. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you've got a bike.

By Tim Wiggins (In the style of 'Trainspotting')


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