Representing my favorite pro cycling team, in still freezing cold Canadian spring
Introducing the Gentleman
Since I’ve finally reached over a thousand followers, before I continue further I’ll start by telling you a little bit about myself. A difficult task since there is a rather small amount to tell. Let’s see. Well I’m twenty years old, living in Canada, born and raised in the U.K. I’m currently studying history at York University. I excelled in all my classes in my first year of University, and even if I am saying so myself, I’m quite a little genius when it comes to history, so the future of my education seems optimistic. I’m afraid it’s after I get my degree my future seems a tad cloudy.
It is well known to most young adults that while a degree is important it is no guarantee of a job. It certainly would not surprise me, once graduated, if I have to continue working at the same job I have now (lifeguard) to provide my main source of income. As much as I, immediately after graduation, would like to work in a job where the primary workers aren’t sixteen, the fact is, as a twenty-plus, working a job you don’t like is a reality of our age. There is, however, a bright-side, because I’m not too fussed about the job and it’s only means to me is a source of living, this suggests I will not be tied down to working on my so called career and instead I can put the majority of my savings towards travel and life-experience, stuff that’s a lot harder to do when you are eventually dedicated to a career. So who knows what awaits me once I’ve graduated. There is some meaning after all to the possibilities being endless.
One of the possibilities for me is writing. I do have a deep love for writing, and although I may not be overly impressive, I am determined to attempt a go at it. Covering all forms, from journalism, short stories, essays, to non-fiction, I will try, for my twenties at least, to have my skills as a writer provide me with some small amount of income. Once you are getting paid to write, you can assume not everything that comes out of your brain is worthless. As it is a major goal of mine to be considered ‘not completely worthless’ getting paid for my writing, even if it’s shite pay, is a goal.
What shall I write about? Well, my interests other than history include politics, international relations, literature and beer (yes, beer, I am a massive fan of all things to do with the craft beer industry). I’m also a cyclist, and although I’m not good enough for a future in the sport, I want to become more involved with the cycling community. Whether I’m journaling about the pro sport, documenting the history or writing about my own experiences as an amateur/touring cyclist, I plan to use my pen and computer to claw my way into the culture so much so that I will be consider by peers an semi-influential figure within cycling literature. That’s my fantasy at least.
Although cycling has always been a small part of my life, thanks to my father, in the past few years my love for the sport and the activity has grown immensely. After a difficult time with mental illness, cycling has become my salvation, my vehicle for the return to physical and mental wholeness. It provides an amazing mixture of things; it challenges and strengthens the body, sharpens and stimulates the mind, and caresses the soul with the pure joy of flying at the ground level. I’ve falling head over handlebars in love with every aspect of cycling; the bikes, the exercise, the clothes, the pros, to that ever so important freedom that riding a bike provides.
This blog is for me to express my love for the wonderful world of cycling, provide a bit of education, promotion, advocation and appreciation. I will mostly gear my appreciations towards the pro road scene, (mostly the elite men’s, sorry woman) as well as document some of my training regime this coming season. The blog will likely to be continued as it is, that is full of pictures I find cool and articles that I find interesting. However, from time to time, I will write my own opinions/insights about this wondrous velo world. These ‘articles’ as one aspiring writer might call them, are my attempts at cycling journalism which is really an attempt to get noticed by other aspiring cycling journalists (a thousand followers is apparently not enough).
The blog to me is my sketch book, my blank canvas in which I can practice my art. A velodrome where I can improve my form. But I’m aware it’s not an empty velodrome either, a thousand plus followers means judgements from the anonymous critics whom either don’t share the same opinion as me or just dislikes my style. By all means judge and if I have said something you happen to disagree on, or write in a way you think can be improved, please do not sit back quietly. I welcome criticism and am open for debates. If you do in fact, surprisingly, enjoy my work, again I ask for you not to sit back quietly. Like and reblog away, even feel free to write small appreciation notes in my ask box, for compliments are also most welcome.
Mostly, however, the main reason I will write these articles are not for you. I write with hope that I will provoke few more ordinary people (non-cyclist) in becoming bicycle lovers. I write in hope to improve myself. I write with love for the sport and everything that comes with it.