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September 24, 2015
Photography by various (as noted)
If you’ve been following our Jaguar ‘Why I Ride’ competition you’ll have seen the diverse and fascinating stories that people have to tell about what inspires their passion for cycling. Whether it’s for the simple pleasure of the ride, or something more profound, we’re all bound by this common indulgence.
Now in the final stretch of the competition, we’re happy to announce a special guest to the weekend experience we’re giving away to the lucky winners. Team Sky’s Chris “CJ” Sutton will be gracing us with his presence for our weekend in the Cathedral Ranges (hosted by Soigneur) sharing his stories, experience, and great taste in music (you’ll see why they call him “CJ the DJ”!).
That’s not to mention the wins on his palmares such as a stage win at the Tour Down Under, Vuelta a España, Giro d’Italia, and victory at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. He’ll certainly be a good wheel to follow.
CJ Sutton – a man who isn’t afraid to hurt
This week’s winner is….
“When I was a kid, getting a bike was the best present I ever got. It opened up a whole new world to explore with the freedom of not being strapped in the car. On a bike I was able to push the boundaries, riding further and faster, jumping higher and skidding longer.Weekends back then were all about hanging out with all my mates on their bikes where the days would turn into epic rides to places we’d never been.Many years later the reasons I ride haven’t changed much, it’s still all about getting away from it all with mates on bikes, riding the roads less ridden, pushing my limits and laying down a sweet skid every now and then. Plus it’s now also about passing on my love of riding to my kids, letting them explore the world under their own power, getting to a fork in the path and deciding which direction looks the most interesting. #JaguarCycling #whyiride” – Craig
And here are the first five winners…
“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
“To explore new places and cultures in the non-confrontational way that only a bike allows. People the world over ‘get’ bikes. It’s a leveller.” – Matt
“Wobbly legs, fingers stinging from the cold, my heart beating through my chest, snot (everywhere), cool air filling my lungs; me, my bike and the climb… And then, when our reps are done, we gather in silence (too breathless to speak) as the sun starts to rise, in a quiet suburban street. There’s just enough energy left to snap a cheeky selfie. All this before thousands of people have woken up. They’ve got no idea what they’re missing… #JaguarCycling #whyiride” – Bridge
Will you be the winner of our last spot?