Like all Roadies, we are such devoted fans of cycling that we want to share it with everyone we meet and educate everyone who asks about it. We want to explain why we have adapted our life around a niche sport that no one understands.
My girlfriend didnít appreciate the sport. At her first bike race, she turned to me with eyes of stone and said, ďTo be honest with you, it looked like a bunch of guys riding around in circles for a couple of hours. I was bored out of my mind.Ē
I knew exactly what she meant. At first glance, that's what a bike race looks like. Itís fast and it looks very dangerous, but without some sort of commentary, she would never feel the same hook that we've all felt.
Itís a sport thatís full of jargon and nuance. Very tough to explain.
So my question is this:
How do YOU explain it?
And how do you keep their attention?
Is there a single source that covers it all?
A book you regularly recommend?
Is there a magazine article that spells it out adequately?
OR do you just tell them to watch Breaking Away?