Summer Cycling in a Pandemic
by Robert Thorpe
by Robert Thorpe
It’s summer, but it’s not really summer. Yes, the sun is high and warm, but we simply can’t enjoy it in the way that we want to. Our writers were supposed to be competing in and writing about the legendary Trans Alp mountain bike race this year – but covid travel restrictions put paid to it. Several other European races were also consigned to the bin, and our own holiday style bike trips were also cancelled.
And so, yes it’s summer, but it’s not really summer. And every now and again it rains too – because that’s what happens in summer, and we’re forced back indoors, having spent too much time indoors during the pandemic, confined during lockdowns in the various countries in which our writers live and ride. We need to ride our bikes, desperately. Thankfully, we’re in the middle of a project with Italian global indoor interactive cycle trainer brand Elite, and when necessary, we can take the outdoors indoors, using the array of world leading trainers from this dynamic brand.
One of our newer writing recruits, Maddy, is a recent convert to triathlon and is using the Elite Suito to continually ride her forthcoming triathlon race route, familiarising herself totally with the route, without the need to travel all the way across the U.K. to the venue. The My E-Trainer app is superb at allowing you to map out any route, and then it’s simply a case of connecting the trainer to the app, and hey presto – Maddy is not at home, but instead she’s riding the roads at Castle Howard in North Yorkshire.
Once we do get a return to more freedom, I plan to travel over to see Larisa and ride in Transylvania, and so I’m currently recreating the famous Transfargarasan Road and practicing it on the Suito too. And later in the year, there’s the possibility of a trip to Bormio in the Italian Alps, and a few of the team riding routes like the Stelvio. In anticipation of this, both Robert and Larisa have been riding it on the My E-Training app, on maps and video. Larisa, using the Elite Direto XR and the Elite Nero interactive trainer to get her ready if traveland time allows for the ride.
Yes, it’s summer and it’s not really summer. However, we have to look ahead and to be positive – after all, we’re the lucky ones and we’ve survived the pandemic, when some members of our families haven’t. And so we keep on smiling, keep on riding at home in Transylvania, in North Yorkshire, in the French Alps, in the Riviera and in Florida, where Nadezhda has qualified for the World Gran Fondo Championships later this year in Europe (Ladies TT).
Cycling is a part of who we are, and we simply can’t wait until we’re once again able to travel this wide and beautiful world in search of adventure once more. In the meantime, we’ll consign our travels to the interactivity of Elite – and dream of the Stelvio in Autumn – and Italy.