The Joy of Solo Cycling: Embracing the Freedom of the Open Road

 

Bruce Bussell The Old Guy Bicycling Blog
When it comes to cycling, I prefer to ride alone. Don't get me wrong, I love the social aspect of group rides and the camaraderie that comes with it. However, there's something about the freedom of hitting the road at my own pace and stopping whenever I feel like it that's truly liberating. I'm in complete control of the ride, and that's just the way I like it.

Riding solo allows me to fully immerse myself in the experience of cycling. I can focus on the sound of the tires on the pavement, the wind in my face, and the beautiful scenery around me. I can go at my own pace without feeling the pressure to keep up with the group or slow down for others.

One of my fondest memories is from a few summers ago in New Mexico. I found myself 45 miles away from the nearest town with nothing but my trusty bike for company. It was just me and the open road, and I loved every moment of it. The feeling of complete solitude was refreshing and invigorating. I could stop whenever I wanted to take a picture or rest for a bit, and I didn't have to worry about anyone else's schedule.

That being said, I have ridden with groups before, and while some have been enjoyable, others have been less than ideal. There always seems to be that one guy who's determined to prove he's better than everyone else, and I find that kind of attitude to be off-putting. Plus, group rides can be less flexible in terms of route and pace.

For me, the real challenge of cycling is testing myself against long distances over multiple days. I'm not interested in competitive racing, but I'm always up for a personal challenge. I love the sense of accomplishment that comes with completing a long ride, and the feeling of exhaustion and exhilaration that follows.

While I do enjoy the occasional social aspect of cycling and have met some friendly riders on my long tours, I find that my preference is still for solo riding. But that's the beauty of cycling - you have the freedom to choose whether to ride with a group or go it alone. Cycling is a personal experience, and everyone has their own reasons for doing it.

In the end, it all comes down to personal preference. Whether you prefer solo rides or group rides, the important thing is that you get out there and ride. Cycling is a wonderful way to stay active, explore the outdoors, and challenge yourself both physically and mentally. So what about you? Do you prefer to ride alone or with a group? Let me know - I'm curious to hear your thoughts.

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