Late Summer Sunsets

Evening coolness,
Jersey flapping.
Tranquil spinning,
Absolute calm.
Dip behind a stroller,
Swerve around a runner,
Dodge a fortune teller,
Get dusted by a commuter.
Follow the narrow path to the left, then later to the right.
No need to worry about intervals, today’s a spin on the bike.
Heavy legs are okay, it means you rode hard before.
But pay heed to your recovery, because tomorrow you do more.
This cycle of stress and rest, many miss the bliss.
Not of riding fast or winning, but enjoying the easiness.

Making it Happen

Manual For Speed

Location: Boise, ID
Date: 14 July 2012
Time: 10:52 PM
Race: Boise Twilight Criterium

Two years ago my mentor Glenn Silver told me I would be a Canadian National Champion in one year. I didn’t really know what to say so I tossed it into the bucket list. I progressed faster than I thought I would that summer, and just one year later I won the final sprint of the 2011 event; unfortunately the points race format left me 3rd in the championship. The podium was nice but the maple leaf was all that I was interested in. It haunted me for 365 days. No call-ups at criteriums, just another leadout man. In 2012 I had to bring it home. Relieved is a good way of putting it.—Ben Chaddock