Cyclists Perspective

Datum: 07. 09. 2018

How can one be so passionate about something that is physically exhausting? Passion is often impossible for an outsider to understand, but ingrained in the personality of the cyclist. If you have ever talked to someone who has cycled an alpine pass, you will have noticed how his or her eyes light up. Just talking about their experiences builds excitement, as they mentally relive the moments climbing towards the summit.

How can one be so passionate about something that is physically exhausting? Passion is often impossible for an outsider to understand, but ingrained in the personality of the cyclist. If you have ever talked to someone who has cycled an alpine pass, you will have noticed how his or her eyes light up. Just talking about their experiences builds excitement, as they mentally relive the moments climbing towards the summit.

There is nothing as fascinating as an Alpine pass for road bikers. There are some that cycle them for the beautiful landscapes, or because of historical reasons, and then there are others who are just after the long, steep climbs. In the end there is one limiting factor affecting all who set out on these accents and that is you can only cycle them during a few months of the summer and everything has to be just perfect for such adventures.

Setting out on your journey the ultimate goal is to successfully reach the top, but the first obstacle to overcome is escaping the rat race. Space and time slowly melt away as you warm up, find your legs and get a comfortable cadence. Leaving the valley floor, the houses begin to thin out and eventually civilization is left behind as nature begins to take over. Your senses are awakened to the slowly passing landscape, cows grazing in the pastures, the smell of the forest and the warm sunshine kissing your face. All the elements are electrifying and they motivate you to pedal a straight line through the corners, leaving you grateful for the wide roads in this immense landscape.

There comes a point when a biker becomes committed to just overcoming the next 5 meters of concrete in front of them. The surface of the road presents a changing challenge as it becomes increasingly rough due to the stress placed upon it from years of snow and ice over the winter months proving to be just a small reminder that nature is very much the ruler of this landscape. Additionally, there is the challenge of mentally overcoming increasing pain in the legs as the cyclist inches towards relief at the summit.

Is it the eagerness to keep pushing forward or to find ones limits? Or is it both? Having the success of reaching the top in sight, road cyclists are capable of obtaining the extraordinary. The temperature cools providing renewed energy to push it to the top.

The will of the individual carries them forward, and this will takes them further than they had ever thought possible before. Will is quite possibly the very concept that keeps road bikers coming back for more in the harsh high alpine landscape.

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