This past week, I have been following the Tour de France. For those that are unaware, the Tour de France is a 21 stage road race in France. Racers cover at least 100 miles daily, with only 2 rest days this year. There is also the time trial and team time trial where you race against the clock individually, or with your team in the case of the team time trial.
|Finishing my first 100K road ride back in May.|
Obviously no average athlete can take on a challenge of this intensity. Athletes that compete in this race have unhuman like endurance, and can recover quickly. I respect these athletes more than anybody else because racing the Tour de France is equivalent to running a marathon every day for three weeks straight.
|Riding at the skate park about a year ago.|
So what does this have to do with mountain biking or living the mountain bike life? Watching this race has put a few things in perspective for me. As stated above I have gained an incredible amount of respect for these athletes. I have also gained respect for all athletes. I don’t care who you are, as long as as you are doing what you love, I don’t have a problem with it.
|This year’s Sea Otter downhill race.|
So I am calling on the mountain bike community to share the love. Gravity riders should start respecting the Lycra clad XC riders, and vise versa. BMX, dirt jumping, road biking, cyclo cross. There is no difference. We are all cyclists and we should all treat each other like cyclists. So next time you see a roadie on your shuttle road, give them a smile and a thumbs up. You are both doing what you love, and trying to be the best at that discipline that you can be. You are both cyclists.