Joining VeloClub not only supports the work we do, there are some fantastic benefits:
by Wade Wallace
August 7, 2015
Photography by various (as noted)
Everyone has their own story about why they ride. Some of us started as a part of rehabilitation from injury in another sport, others when trying to reclaim their health; some do it for the competition, while many do it for the simple joy of freedom and adventure. We’ve all got a story to tell about why we ride and we asked you to share yours.
Every fortnight, we’re picking our favourite story and giving the person with that story the opportunity to come on a luxury training camp with two full days of riding in Victoria, courtesy of Jaguar. More immediately, winners will also get a copy of Velochef. There’ll be six winners in total, chosen on the strength of their storytelling abilities, with entrants having submitted a short selection of words and a photo explaining why they ride.
Here are our first two winners and a selection of our favourite entries so far.
“I ride because it keeps me sane. Because when the heart rate increases and the only sounds are the wind in my ears and the buzz of the tarmac beneath my wheels nothing else matters. Bills, deadlines and quarrels become insignificant. Problems that seemed insurmountable before become trivial. Nothing in the world matters more than chasing that white line towards the horizon. And in that moment of focus, there’s a clarity that helps to reshape everything. By the time I roll back to where I began everything makes sense, and the world is right again. #jaguarcycling” – Leemo
“What motivates me to ride? To experience a life I otherwise wouldn’t; roads and suburbs that would not have been explored, friendships which would not have formed, kgs which would have remained, a comfort zone which would not have been routinely challenged and life stresses that would have burdened. That being said, I probably would still have worn the same amount of pink, eaten two breakfasts and blunted my wife’s shaving razors…. ?? #jaguarcycling” – Dustin
“As a kid, all I wanted to do was ride my BMX with my mates, go fast, go make jumps, and fly as far as I could. We would stay out all day until the sun set, mostly coming home with grazes, cuts and covered in dirt. Many years later, my heart beats strong and my childhood spirit lingers, craving to be on the bike everyday, to ride far and wide, to explore, to ride with mates until the sun sets and yes, I still want to fly like superman. I love the joy and feeling it brings and the cheesy smile I have on my face after a ripper day. I just love riding bikes, it’s part of me – that’s why I ride #wymte #jaguarcycling” – Rogue Domestique
“Why ride? Because there are two five o’clocks in a day, and the first is usually the best. #jaguarcycling #wymtm” – Patrick Fogarty
“What a perfect winter morning in Canberra today. Was it cold – yes – but it was also just so invigorating as well. So glad I was able to capture the first rays of golden light hitting the landscape. Why I ride – to witness priceless moments like these day after day after day!” – Bella Molloy
“I ride my bike because I feel free. I breath, eat and sleep cycling. I love beating the boys at their own game when I can” – Jordyn Hassett
“I ride because the man who comes home is a better one than the man who goes out.” – Marc Jones
“She was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 13 months. I raised $6,000 and road 100 miles a year after I beat cancer. #whyiride” – Spencer Owens
“I ride to support this guy..his passion and his drive help drive me. #JaguarCycling” – Scott Fisher
“Riding with my mates whilst raising money for those less fortunate.” – Mark Astell
“Why I ride? It offers a chance to escape and to clear my head before the working day. Regardless of the conditions, wiping the sleep from my eyes and during the middle of the year the frost from my face, nothing beats heading out with some friends exploring different parts of town (or countryside). Holding telephone pole sprints and racing up small climbs to win a free coffee at the post-ride cafe stop later, trying to drop mates and the banter that comes with it. Then after you’re done, rolling off to work satisfied, with loose legs and a huge smile … It’s the perfect start to the day.” – Adrian Zanardo