This month I’d like to give some credit to a ride that is often overlooked, but oh so important - the solo shred. It’s a ride we all feel differently about. Some fear it, some really don’t like it, and other’s - like me - need it, almost crave it. It’s like a therapy session: just me, my bike and some singletrack. A time to breath, to have some space, to forget about the world, and just take one pedal stroke at a time. It’s a ride that reminds me that it doesn’t matter how fast I go, it only matters how happy it makes me feel.
But it can also be the hardest ride to get out on. There is no-one waiting for you to come ride, so there is nothing stopping you from working an extra hour, snoozing for longer in the morning or simply collapsing onto the sofa at the end of the work day (which to someone who like naps is a very appealing thought). Often I have to “force” myself out on solo shreds, just to be reminded that I should do them more often.