I’ve dabbled in a few different genres of cycling lately. I love life on two wheels and will pretty much ride anything. Sometimes I just like to mix it up to see what all the fuss is about. At the end of the day though, for me it’s all about the smooth blacktop!
I’ve been doing a bit of mountain biking, a bit of gravel riding, a bit of BMX and a bit of eBiking (kidding, no electric bike here). The XC and off-road stuff made me work on my bike handling skills. I believe it’s had a positive impact on my road cycling. It has also showed me a totally different type of scenery, away from cars and the modern world, really getting back to nature and seeing Parts of Tasmania that only other mountain bikers and hikers get to see. I do enjoy the trails, but I do NOT like snakes.
Getting back on a BMX was fun. I’m never going to be a park or street riding hero. That ship has sailed. For me it’s just about messing around and seeing if I can pull off a trick or two. Plus I don’t crash quite as elegantly as I once did…
So what did all these varied riding styles teach me? Well, apart from that I love life on two wheels, it made me realise that I truly am a road cyclist at heart. All the other stuff was fun, but not as much fun as my road bike. Give me some deep section wheels and point me at the tarmac!
I’m happiest when tucked down low in the drops, aero as possible and cranking out the watts. I take pleasure in ticking off miles at speed and seeing so much of our beautiful countryside in the process. It’s my therapy. I like my jerseys tight, my tyres skinny and my legs smooth!
The road is where I want to be. It’s who I am. A road cyclist.