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by Marshall Opel
March 11, 2020
Photography by Jered & Ashley Gruber
It hardly feels like a ‘normal’ start to the season for us cycling fans. Extreme wildfires kicked things off in Australia; the UAE Tour was halted mid-race; momentous races like Milan-San Remo have been postponed; several teams have announced an extended suspension to their race program due to coronavirus; and we’ve seen unexpected and painful deaths within the cycling community.
If the first few months of 2020 have left you feeling uneasy, you’re not alone.
CyclingTips is all about celebrating the beauty of cycling, a concept that’s easy to overlook when there’s a palpable feeling of darkness in the air. Maybe this is an opportunity to get back to basics.
I’ve just returned from a particularly sweet few days of late-February riding in Northern California, where I tested out a few different Canyon Grail bikes and participated in the Grasshopper Adventure series (stay tuned for a story on that). On the flight home, I was feeling inspired. I took out my journal and in no particular order, made a list of some delights that came to mind from my time spent riding bikes.
Yes, many of them are total cycling cliches. But as I’ve come to learn, most cliches are true. I hope some of these will resonate. Smile when any of these happen on your next outing, and add your own in the comments below.
There’s never been a better time to get out on your bike and take it all in. Enjoy the ride.