#BackToBasics: What has riding a bike taught you?
Wed 27 May 2020
For us, riding is more than just that, it has taught us countless lessons both on and off the bike. In Part 5 of the #BacktoBasic series we asked our riders to give us an insight into what riding a bike has taught them.
Follow the full #BackToBasics series In celebration of our return to training outdoors and in the lead up to World Bicycle Day on June. Previous releases:
Part 5: What has riding a bike taught you?
Enough that I could write a book about it…. Perseverance, patience, commitment.
To enjoy the basic things of life. Being healthy and active. Good mates, good times, good food, the opportunity to smile and be free.
To face and overcome my fears and how to push myself closer to my physical and mental limits
Discipline, responsibility, independence, to speak a different language, to know another countries, to travel overseas, know different people with a different mentality, teamwork and respect.
Riding a bike taught me a lot of things: discipline, keeping focused, that details make the difference, to never give up and to never stop to follow your dreams, just keep working hard and you will get there.
Annemiek van Vleuten:
That you can do more than you ever thought you were able to. If you have a plan, you get the right people around you and you go for it… you can surprise yourself!
That you need to take risks to be successful.
That results doesn’t show overnight.
Resilience. The pathway I took in the cycling world threw a lot of obstacles my way. I was knocked down by these obstacles a lot, but it taught me a lot of resilience.
A beautiful look on the world and being a small part of the Mitchelton-SCOTT family.
Structure and routine, also appreciating the good weather and practicing good habits to live a healthy lifestyle.
It’s taught me to be grateful of what is available to us and what beautiful places are out there. I think riding a bike professionally has also taught me to build and continue to develop your character, through disappointments and successes.
I’ve been riding a bike for 10 years now so it’s taught me literally over a million things. I love learning from successes, failures and from those around with both more experience and less experience. There is something to be learned from every person you meet, but ultimately riding for this long has given me the time and space to learn a lot about myself. I am a very different person now than I was when I first started.
It’s taught me a lot and given me a lot of life lessons. But racing specifically has taught me dedication, hard work and that being constant and consistent with your work will pay off.
That if you want something you have to work hard for it and that, like life, you’ll always have up and downs. You have to push through the difficult moments and then enjoy the happy times.