Bicycling (South Africa) - - FIT CHICK -

There’s a mul­ti­tude of routes that we could use from Bi­cy­cling head­quar­ters on lunchtime rides, but it al­ways seemed like we were do­ing the same five. Last sum­mer, in an ef­fort to cure the monotony, our ed­i­tor-in- chief cre­ated the Lucky Draw Chal­lenge. We numbered each route, wrote the cor­re­spond­ing num­ber on a ping-pong ball, then tossed the balls into a big glass jar. Ev­ery day some­one would pick a new ball, un­til we’d rid­den all the routes. And we kept track of who was on each ride, which added an el­e­ment of com­pe­ti­tion: who can do the most? ¶ That’s when lunch rides stopped be­ing some­thing I might do, and be­came some­thing I made time for. The chal­lenge also got more peo­ple out at lunchtime, which added to the fun. Each day, we had not only a new route to look for­ward to, but also a dif­fer­ent mix of rid­ers with a wider range of fit­ness lev­els. I made 30 out of the 47 rides. As the weeks went on, I found my­self hang­ing with the peo­ple who nor­mally rode away from me. Be­ing fit­ter made me feel like I had less to prove, too, so I ap­pre­ci­ated the ride more. I could sit back, have a con­ver­sa­tion on a climb, and not stress about whether I was keep­ing up – I knew I had it in me. – Jesse Souther­land, group cre­ative di­rec­tor (as told to Gabriel Lodge)

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