I like hills, and therefore, The Col Collective

I like hills, and therefore, The Col Collective

I like hills. I always have. Maybe it has something to do with growing up in the prairies of Canada where there is a distinct absence of anything even remotely resembling a hill (the biggest hill in town was actually man-made, and is called Garbage Hill for a good reason). I suspect that it has more to do with what hills represent or reveal to me, and the bigger the hill, the greater the effect. The view from the bottom can make you feel in awe of your place within this world, your insignificance within it. The view from the top is much the same, but with the view of the expanse around you, the effect is multiplied many times over. The way up – that is the test. That is what makes the view worth it. The challenge. The test of your endurance, strength, intelligence, character, willpower, desire. The biggest and most difficult of mountains will demand of you large quantities of all these things, and no matter how long it takes you to get there, at the top is the reward. You have conquered the mountain, and the mountain couldn’t care less… yet another revelation?

Going up them is my favourite part of cycling.

So, I like hills, and therefore, The Col Collective.

I know I’m trying to steer clear of the racing scene on The Sticky Bidon, and a skinny white guy on a really expensive road bike clothed in bright lycra is fairly close to that for many people, but… too bad. Lyra is better to ride in. Skinny is better for climbing, and expensive bikes are more fun to ride (even if they’re not actually any better than less-expensive bikes). So try to ignore all that, if it bothers you. Try also to ignore the fact that this is definitely in part advertising for Mavic and Cannondale, amongst others, but as they put up the cash for the production, again, too bad.

Instead, enjoy the immensely beautiful scenery. Enjoy the ribbons of road that snake endlessly up the mountains, through the clouds, and that leave you cold, breathless, exhausted, and thoroughly exhilarated at the achievement, the view, and the absolute clarity that you sometimes find when you are exhausted and left to look at the vastness and the beauty of the world around you.

So, I like hills, and therefore, The Col Collective.

 

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