Cycling: A Treasured Subculture
This Treasured Subculture
1“Ride a bike, ride a bike, ride a bike.” Fausto Coppi, Il Campionissimo
High atop its slender chariot, freedom speeds along heralding us to join in its willful direction. We call this freedom cycling. We exercise this freedom and are exercised by it. We may look very different from one another: astride sleek frames or surly, turning one gear or navigating in triplicate with narrow or fat tires. Our motivations range from transport, touring and recreation to competition, career, or obsession. We may be entering the community with awkward legs unaccustomed to circular motion, pedaling amidst the bunch with spindly sinew, or maturing through life’s passage with a graceful spin. Our destinations may be an office, a landmark, or a finish line in our role as commuter, tourist, or race personnel.
Whatever our place in this treasured subculture, we all have a purpose in cycling. This purpose is above our roles and beyond our destinations. We all meet at its crossroads and join its global peloton. Our collective soul is inspired by the sacred hymns of winded spokes ascending altars of a crested hill. We are religious people who worship in the sanctuary of the outdoors.
In our common creed, we believe in health, enjoyment, discipline, and empowerment. Our solitary experiences are part of a corporate body of unusual occurrences. In communication, we can share many insights, sorrows, and joys. We can trade pace and pull one another along, and be refreshed in turn. As we start this new route musing together, Godspeed.
Prayer for You, the Special Reader
2“We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers.” 1 Thessalonians 1:2
We are thankful for a vibrant global cycling “congregation” and our distinctiveness from other pursuits. We confess we sometimes isolate ourselves from the rest of the world and each other. We ask for understanding amongst ourselves and that this blog of cycling thoughts inspires and blesses each reader, who in turn, shares and blesses the world.
Ponder What do I want to learn in this reading, activating it to improve circumstances for myself and others? Affirm I can pray directly and intelligently for my cycling and the world’s. Watch for ideas and changes as you pray for progress in cycling life; see how the act of praising what’s good and right adds further blessing.
1Fausto Coppi is called the Champion of Champions. There is continuing debate, especially by Italian tifosi (fans), about who is the greatest racer ever: Coppi or Eddy Merckx. The Italian’s palmarès, or cycling accomplishments, are impressive, despite a stint as a prisoner of war during WWII. His approach to training referenced here to get faster, stronger, better – RIDE! www.en.wikipedia.org
2The Bible, New International Version, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society