There is nothing better than hopping on the cross bike and getting lost for a few hours. Finding new paths, new trails, new puddles of mud to splash through.
There is no Strava segments to chase, no PBs to think about, no racing to the next street sign. Its all about how we started cycling. Being on the bike out to forget about daily life and able to forget about the thumb tapping on our phones.
Well that’s what I got into cycling for, well maybe it was a cycle to work scheme and forking out cash for a stuffy bus ride to work that made me fall in love with cycling.
I do love the competitive edge of Crit racing, the tight bunch, fast corners, short punchy climbs. An hour of fast hectic laps that anything could happen and does happen.
The flip side of the chaos would be what I would call Adventure Cross, getting up at first light hopping on the bike with a rough idea where your headed, but its not nailed in 100%. You can’t call it a relaxed adventure as there would be quite a lot of up hill sections, particularly some Hike-A-Bike going on, is this is the bad side? “What goes up must come down” as someone once said a long time ago.
Getting some Elevation
There is nothing quite like blasting through some single track, maybe giving out the odd WHOOP of joy as you speed and splash through some muck and trails, flashing past the other mad biker you see struggling up the incline to find their WHOOPING voice on their own adventure. Or it could be the path off the road that takes you somewhere you haven’t been before, into the unknown. What’s the worst that could happen? You have to turn around and come back, at least you know that next time find somewhere else to get your Adventure Fix.
The good thing today is YouTube, with the camera on the bike you can now re-run the trails and even show the bored non-cyclists what you got up to on the morning before work.
About the author – Bryan has been a supporter and follower of Trivelo Bikes since we started and is one of our super guest Blog panel members. Bryan has his own blog where you can find more about his bike journeys.