When racing cyclists look sad because winter is coming to an end...
Of course, we also have to fight our inner bastards when on Sunday morning gray in dark gray liter after liter pours from the sky. But if you are addressed 50 meters from the front door by passers-by with "Respect, in this weather...", everything brightens up a little. And when fifteen positively crazy people stand in front of the Rheinterrasse at 11:00 a.m. and want to go for a spin, then you know why you're there. And what's so much fun about it.
In German basements and study rooms, more and more people are looking at a computer screen while sweating on their bikes. Because Zwift and all other options are fun. We like to think so. In the end, however, the virtual experience cannot replace the tour that we survived in the group in the driving rain, gusty winds and a lousy 2° Celsius. It's not about the training effect, about wattage, about data. No, it's about the experience. Together. That's what sets the winter bitch parade apart.
Seventeen rides, almost 1200 kilometers, countless pictures in my head and on the phones. We have put together a small selection of “landscape photography with cyclists”, as it was recently called. For everyone who was there, for everyone who wants to take a look and for everyone who knows exactly these rides and is sitting on a racing bike somewhere in the world in winter.
spring and summer are coming. With many exits. From us and many others. The #wsp will continue on November 3rd, 2019. At 11:00 a.m. in front of the Rheinterrasse.