Matt Carroll's 'Escape Routes'… anyone else tired of smashing themselves?
I heard this guy on Radio 4 a few weeks back. Then he popped up on On-One:
Something behind the motivation for his changed outlook rang slightly true. Tired of ‘pummelling himself into the ground’ and following his training partner’s back wheel, he’s taken a different approach to cycling, exemplified by his book.
15 mile road rides to be taken all day on, featuring cake and beer.
I’m often torn between the pointless need/want to smash myself to pieces and a hankering to pootle and just take it easy. Yet the former pretty much always wins out.
So hey, anyone else out there feel something along similar lines..?Posted 6 years ago
(Or is that getting too sharey-sharey, group huggy for STW? 😉 )MrK mkIIMember
ahahaha love all these responses! i love gentle rides. i remember someone asking about the edinburgh-glasgow canal route and most responses went along the lines of “it’s rubbish, just no technical challenging bits, blah blah blah, it’s hardly a super-greulling mountain adventure”.Posted 6 years agoedlongMember
I’ve tried but I just don’t seem to be able to do it – I set out with the intention of having a nice leisurely ride, lots of break stops etc., but once the wheels start turning, I just seem to push a little harder, don’t feel like breaking the flow with stops and before I know it I’ve pushed myself round what I thought was going to be a leisurely half day in the saddle in a couple of hours and I’m shattered.
It’s f***ing greatPosted 6 years agoD0NKSubscriber
I’m often torn between the pointless need/want to smash myself to pieces and a hankering to pootle and just take it easy
could just do both. I do nad both are equally good in different ways.
N_E_D are those unfeasably large mushrooms you have tied to the back of your bike?Posted 6 years agoSue_WMember
Another subscriber to the ‘pootler’ approach to riding. My favourite rides are usually 20 – 50 mile road rides, or ‘low tech’ mtb rides – both of which take time to admire the scenery / watch birds / inpect flowers, fungi, gardens etc. I love having a blast when riding, but overall I’m more of a ‘pootler’ 🙂
The only thing I find is that it’s hard to find others to ride with. I don’t fall into to the ‘beginners’ ride category, but most clubs either seem to focus on the ‘knarly’ (if mountain biking), or race / training (if road riding).
Anyone fancy getting together for a pootlers ride 🙂Posted 6 years agoTandemJeremyMember
Its all good – I enjoy working hard to ride aoroud Glentress – I enjoy a pootle round the scenery. Its all riding bikes and having fun
sue – thought of contacting the roughstuff fellowship folk? I think you are a bit of a distance from us to meet up for a pootlePosted 6 years ago
Thems is parasol mushrooms, proper tasty too! 🙂
I’d like to do both types of riding, but just can’t seem to avoid pushing it when out on my own – which is pretty much most of the time to be honest.
Perhaps I need to hook up with fellow-pootlers 🙂
Otherwise, the shopping bike’s probably the only way I’ve found around this little problem.Posted 6 years ago
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