Cold Fact

The Kapelmuur in January. Photo thenews.com
The Kapelmuur in January. Photo thenews.com

Wellington isn’t renown for its great summers; a mate is always quick to remind me that if the weather was perfect all the time, everyone would want to live here and we’d be overrun by Aucklanders (just like Aussies but not quite dumb enough to live in Canberra). As our summer goes into its last death throes of amazingly calm, sunny, cloudless days, the arm warmers and undershirt have only just emerged from their longest hibernation ever. And I probably won’t need them for tomorrow’s ride either.

Come next Monday, however, I’ll be on the other side of the world and months of unzipped jerseys and SPF30 will be but a memory; a cold, wet, distant memory. And I have to say I’m almost looking forward to it with a strange enthusiasm and a hint of romanticism. Almost. No amount of fitness gleaned from training in perfect weather can prepare one for the rigours of a Belgian spring.

We know how the body will react when it is pulled from its warm cocoon and plunged into an icy bath. How the mind will handle it is a bigger concern. We can prepare ourselves physically to the nth degree, but if we’re mentally inept then the sag wagon becomes a likely option. At which point something deep inside takes over, thought processes return to normal and the mere thought of getting off the bike is quickly and methodically banished. Not here, not now.

Let the hardmen be hardmen, let it rain and blow and the cobbles turn to mud when they grace these roads. But Merckx have mercy on a fair-weather soul, even if only for a few selected days. Let our Flandrian Best suffice and our tubulars have sure grip on dry stones. Failing that, at least keep us upright and we will drink a toast to you night after night.

Bring it on.

It’s not too late to book a spot on the Keepers Tour 2013 and make your own history.

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108 Replies to “Cold Fact”

  1. @frank

    Amputating the computer today, by the way. The thrill is gone.

    I’m curious why you are ditching the computer, Frank?

    Tired of looking at it? Enjoy riding by feel alone? Just want to get back to basics?

    I’ve had a couple friends do this the last few months as well without much explanation. I am curious why I seem to be running into this more incidents of this lately….

    -Dinan

  2. @Dinan

    @frank

    Amputating the computer today, by the way. The thrill is gone.

    I’m curious why you are ditching the computer, Frank?

    Tired of looking at it? Enjoy riding by feel alone? Just want to get back to basics?

    I’ve had a couple friends do this the last few months as well without much explanation. I am curious why I seem to be running into this more incidents of this lately….

    -Dinan

    Because it drives you fucking mental being off when its supposed to be on and vice versa – and the stats it produces are frankly depressing

  3. @the Engine

    @Dinan

    @frank

    Amputating the computer today, by the way. The thrill is gone.

    I’m curious why you are ditching the computer, Frank?

    Tired of looking at it? Enjoy riding by feel alone? Just want to get back to basics?

    I’ve had a couple friends do this the last few months as well without much explanation. I am curious why I seem to be running into this more incidents of this lately….

    -Dinan

    Because it drives you fucking mental being off when its supposed to be on and vice versa – and the stats it produces are frankly depressing

    It’s been easy to eliminate a cyclo-computer on my no.1 bike because there’s never been one on my no.1 bike. -Vince

  4. @the Engine @unversio

    Gotcha. If the bike and the ride are not enjoyable, you need to make it so. I understand.

    I often times have to take my Garmin off the stem and put it in my jersey pocket. That way I don’t obsess about it but still maintain a decent log of my riding. I can see a day when I would tire of it though….

    -Dinan

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