Having been out and about on my bike more this year than ever before, I find myself totally in awe of our Olympic champion cyclists and all other British professional cyclists. I take my hat of (or helmet as the case may be) to anyone who perseveres through the grass roots of cycle racing to make it through the ranks to the top of the league. I say persevere because cycling is a sport that requires riders to not only compete against their rivals but also to stay alive amongst the other road users since amateur time trials and racing invariably takes place on roads that are not closed off to other traffic. Few other sports have to ‘share’ their track with everyday traffic! I’ve been involved in my local club’s time trials for some years now and I’ve noticed how much busier and faster the road has become over the years which is used as our 10 mile course. Maybe it’s my age or maybe it’s just a sign of the times but I worry that competing on open roads will eventually have to come to an end but then how will we continue to develop such high standard champions?
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