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Bicycling (South Africa) - - Inside - By Mike Finch

I grew up watch­ing the Tour de France and con­sid­ered the Alps and Pyre­nees hal­lowed ground, which in­flu­enced my de­ci­sion to study in France in my first year of univer­sity, in 2013. The re­al­ity of my French ex­pe­ri­ence was less ro­man­tic: the roads and weather in Stras­bourg were less Tour de France and more Tour of Flan­ders. I was home­sick and rode alone a lot, do­ing heinous in­ter­vals. I lost the joy of cy­cling then. I ac­tu­ally dreamt about some­one steal­ing my bike – I would have an ex­cuse not to ride. But then I met cy­clists from a lo­cal velo club. I made friends on long group rides, and as we chat­ted in the pace­line my French im­proved. I started to look for­ward to rid­ing as a con­nec­tion to the com­mu­nity. Now, cy­cling is more than a sport for me – it’s be­come my way to meet peo­ple and push out­side my com­fort zone, wher­ever I go.

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