Cycling. It’s what we do, what we love, but is it who we are?
If you kicked a football around the park every Saturday, you probably wouldn’t say you’re a footballer. Or perhaps you would? I don’t know. But as a cyclist (yes, I identify as one) it’s different. I was reading a post by The Gabbling MAMIL where he had the realisation he is a “cyclist” now. It’s a realisation we all come to in the end – I think – when what we do defines who we are.
Do you consider yourself a cyclist? Or is cycling just something you do?
And if you DO identify as a cyclist, at what point did you realise you were a cyclist?
What defines you as a cyclist? Surely as The Gabbling MAMIL points out, riding a bike is enough to be a cyclist. I ride therefore I am? Or is it more than that? In his post, he made mention of the rules, but I’ll forgive that transgression. All road cyclists go through a “rules” phase in the beginning of their journey.
In case you’ve been living under a bidon chucked to the side of the road, the Velominati “rules” are a tongue-in-cheek poke at road cycling’s elitism and traditions. They were taken WAY too seriously by some roadies and evolved into quite the beast over the years, almost defining road cycling. Thankfully most road cyclists these days view them for what they are, a bit of light-hearted fun. I still think they should be forgotten and left to collect dust in the history books though. *
Ooops. That’s a direct violation of … RULE #16 // Respect the jersey. Championship and race leader jerseys must only be worn if you’ve won the championship or led the race.
Or are you a cyclist when other people define you as one? I’m not convinced, but it’s something that does happen. Many times people have said to Mrs TC “Oh your husband, he’s a cyclist.” That’s a tricky one. Yeah I ride my bike a lot, but it’s not ALL that I am. Oh wait, yeah it kind of is…
It’ll come as no surprise that a big chunk of my life revolves around cycling. I’ve loved bikes of all kinds and fell in love with the speed, thrill and freedom of road cycling. From actually riding my bike, to watching pro racing, to loving the kit, working on my bikes, reading cycling biographies, to writing on this website. Cycling is ingrained into my very existence.
It’s not just something I do on the weekend either. Cycling is – in a way – my life. I’ve worked hard to find my path into the cycling industry, first at Sigma Sports and now with FulGaz. I’ve combined my passion for cycling and tech with my career path. I may not race, I may not even be that good on the bike, but my love of two wheels is strong.
It is who I am. I am a cyclist.
* The only exception to this is RULE #59 // / Hold your line. Ride predictably and don’t make sudden movements. Under no circumstances are you to deviate from your line.
Hold your damn line… 😉