The Hard­est Ride in 14 Years

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - LETTERS -

Re­cently, I went on my long­est off-road ride ever. As a 14-year-old cy­clist, my pre­vi­ous long­est ride was 120 km in freez­ing and rainy con­di­tions, which I com­pleted with the help of en­ergy prod­ucts, the com­pan­ion­ship of my dad and a pizza stop. This lat­est off-road ride was a much shorter dis­tance, but ac­tu­ally took longer to com­plete and was just as hard. It was at about my limit. I un­der­took this ride with my race team, which is all fully grown men ex­cept for me. We did this on cy­clocross bikes over very tech­ni­cal atv trails rid­dled with pud­dles and loose rocks. I don’t have much of an off-road back­ground, so I ended up dis­mount­ing and run­ning a lot. My team­mates were very pa­tient and we had a few stops. There were a lot of good times had along the way. I don’t know if I would’ve made it the dis­tance with­out the help of a team­mate though. When I bonked with about 10 km of non-tech­ni­cal trail left, he put his hand on my back and helped pro­pel me all the way to the end. I learned a lot on this ride. It has made me a bet­ter and more ex­pe­ri­enced cy­clist. Ty Bradley

Hal­i­fax

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