The End­less Joy of Bi­cy­cling

Special Focus - - Contents - Li Lanxin 李兰心

“I once spent four months rid­ing from Lon­don to the north of Nor­way and then turned south to­ward the ‘heel’ in the boot of Italy.” Alan’s eyes sparkled with pride as he re­called his ad­ven­ture from years ago, as if that twelve- thou­sand­kilo­me­ter-long jour­ney was un­fold­ing right in front of him.

In 2002, Alan Laine left Bri­tain and came to Wuhan as a teacher, where he stayed at Wuhan Bri­tain-China In­ter­na­tional School for the next six­teen years. As a good men­tor, he has un­veiled the mys­te­ri­ous world of physics to a great num­ber of stu­dents and won the ad­mi­ra­tion of his stu­dents with his rich knowl­edge. Wuhan Mu­nic­i­pal Peo­ple’s Govern­ment pre­sented the Yel­low Crane Friend­ship Award to him in 2012, com­mend­ing him for his out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to ed­u­ca­tion. No one would have ex­pected that Alan, a tall, thin, and aca­dem­i­cally- minded man had such a phys­i­cally chal­leng­ing hobby and such as­ton­ish­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

It was two years af­ter ob­tain­ing his PhD in Physics at Uni­ver­sity of Liver­pool, that Alan bought his very first bi­cy­cle. At that time, he was en­thu­si­as­ti­cally fond of a va­ri­ety of sports, and he had al­ways been en­er­getic. In order to chal­lenge him­self, he started cy­cling. Though the long cy­cling jour­neys were often ac­com­pa­nied by bad weather, rugged roads, and ex­haus­tion, Alan never quit mid­way. He said, “It’s a pleas­ant thing to get away from the crowded, noisy cities some­times and to ride freely on the peace­ful coun­try roads sur­rounded by beau­ti­ful scener­ies.”

For a cy­clist like him, the dream of ad­ven­tures would never per­ish, and the jour­ney of cy­cling would never come to an end. When in China, he con­tin­ued to pur­sue his

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