On the start line

Counting down to the start, Gerrie Knetemann Classic

Counting down to the start, Gerrie Knetemann Classic

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.

On the start line, Gerrie Knetemann Classic

On the start line, Gerrie Knetemann Classic

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.

What now?

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?

GO!

GO!

GO!
Ringing Aart Vierhouten’s 2004 Profronde Maastricht Winners (trophy) Bell for the start. Aart was Robbie McEwen’s lead-out man.

Happy lads, rolling out, Gerrie Knetemann Classic, Amsterdam

Happy lads, rolling out, Gerrie Knetemann Classic, Amsterdam

Location: Amsterdam, NL
Event: Gerrie Knetemann Classic

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