To cy­cle is to suf­fer...

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There are two types of suf­fer­ing in my book: you’re ei­ther suf­fer­ing at the front or suf­fer­ing at the back. One is strangely en­joy­able, the other is ba­si­cally hell on two wheels.

Read­ing this week’s fit­ness fea­ture got me to think­ing about my worst mo­ments of suf­fer­ing. One of them in­volves rolling around on the ground in a pub car park. And this wasn’t on a Satur­day night.

A tough race on a hot day had left me de­hy­drated, but I man­aged to get over the fin­ish line with just a few twinges of cramp. Feel­ing smug that I’d dodged a bullet I rode back to the HQ des­per­ate for a drink. A small rise in the road, and it was tiny, then caught me out.

First my right ham­string started to cramp, then my left. By the top of the lit­tle rise both had com­pletely locked up. When I stood on the ped­als to stretch them out my thigh mus­cles did the same. I ground to a halt and top­pled off my bike, in to said car park, where I rolled around in agony.

A friend pass­ing in their car thought I was in se­ri­ous trou­ble. When they re­alised what was ac­tu­ally hap­pen­ing they too were rolling around on the floor. With laugh­ter.

Si­mon Richard­son Editor

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