You’re on the start line ready to roll. You’ve prepared for this day for months. The regular weekly training rides have built you up to a physical and mental peak that you’re quietly comfortable with. Legs are feeling good. You’ve broken out a new kit just for today. You’re the embodiment of splendour as far as you care.
You’re next to one other, five others, maybe one thousand others, or is it 10 thousand? Maybe you feel all by yourself.
Someone just stopped the countdown to the start and then removed the clock. The finish line just vanished. There is no race, no competition today. Your number just got ripped off.
Are you lost, annoyed, frustrated or maybe it’s relief, anticipation, joy. Your heart’s probably racing.
The competition was just annulled, but your adventure took a giant leap forward. Without a race, without fighting to beat another, you’re left to battle yourself.
Will you win?
Location: Amsterdam, NL
Event: Gerrie Knetemann Classic