We’re talking cycling here. Feeling the wind on your face and the landscape in your soul. Pumping flat out on the flats. Doing the three-day distance over hills, down dales.
Talk to a group of cyclists and whether they ride the open road or single-track trails, everyone will say that cycling is all about the wind in your hair and the scenery before your eyes. And there’s no better way to feel part of your surroundings than to take in the sights on two wheels.
Some like to take it easy on flat terrain. Others thrive on the challenge of long distances, deep valleys and steep hills.
You can ride from city to country in no time. You could take the easy, packed-gravel trail alongside the Trent Canal from Peterborough to Lakefield in a leisurely hour or two. Or you could test your endurance over drumlins and vales on an epic ride along country byways. Whichever way, the scenery’s the thing.
“But you know what’s best of all?” asks Peterborough-bred Colin Hall, who runs a bake shop called the Pastry Peddler on the main drag in Millbrook. When he and his wife aren’t whipping up tasty, fresh-baked goodies, he and his knobby-tired mountain bike are traversing the fire lanes in the back country. “Bicycling offers a great sense of adventure. Part of the fun is arriving at your destination, recounting the ride with friends.” Over a butter tart and a coffee perhaps?
Indeed, sometimes the best thing about cycling is knowing what waits for you when you’re done.