Sunday, May 6, 2012

Welcome to the machine

Most of us learned how to ride a bicycle when we were kids. It was our first experience of freedom, allowing us to go further than our walking legs could ever take us. We found a whole new world out there on the bicycle. It also introduced us to a magical union, that of man and machine. The bicycle remains the most efficient, most practical, and healthiest means of transportation ever invented by man.

When I began ultra-marathon cycling back in 1981, I entered into that union deeper than I ever imagined, to a level that almost makes that union of man and machine complete...as if they were one.

The heart becomes the engine. The legs become the pistons.
And the bike disappears....

Welcome, my friends. Welcome to the machine.



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