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“ART ENABLES US TO FIND OURSELVES AND LOSE OURSELVES AT THE SAME TIME.”
— THOMAS MERTON
DURING THIS DIRE AND ANXIETY-FILLED TIME, I just want to get lost in something. I want to plan rides in Italy, I want to go back to France and to Spain, and I don’t want to take for granted what happens in the body and soul when you combine Amatriciana sauce with local red wine.
I want to remember riding with Tim and Adam in Belgium over those climbs and on those rocks and in between beers that are so strong and consume Flemish stew with frites that makes all the riding pain go away, and then do it all again the next day.
I want to ride bikes with Nicola Verdolin in Verona and then see him the next morning at the Garda Bike Hotel for breakfast and talk about the pizza oven he has at home that somehow is half indoors and half outdoors. Then, when he’s not looking, sneak to the kabob place next door in between meals and have the chicken shawarma wrap.
I want to visit Nicolas Joly in the ski resort town of Villardde-Lans for dinner and then get to ride the Col de Tende that he has told me about.
In Scotland, there are three people I want to see again, Aneela and Andy McKenna and Andy Stanford who know every gravel trail and climb and the secret ones and the whisky, and they know courage and how to laugh every day.
I want to go back to Selci and stay at Villa Vallerosa with Tim and family and ride with Paolo in Forano and find that cave again on the way to Rieti where Saint Francis stayed on his way to Rome.
There is something about riding bikes and traveling that makes the world seem endless and all things possible and every climb a challenge and every descent a gift, and now that it’s all stopped it only makes it more of a dream. All the faces, all the smiles. All the rides. All the bikes.
We feel strongly, in our small way, that it’s vital that we keep the art of Peloton going. That we can create this for you and for us and we can all use it together to keep up hope, to keep up dreams, to keep planning for better times and to find some escape within it all. There is strength in stories, in photos and in community.
To our Peloton community, thank you. We wish you and your families strength, courage, faith, hope and safety during this challenging time. We will keep dreaming, keep making this magazine and keep hoping our next ride is right around the corner.