Older, and faster

Thinking about a story plot what I’m doing here I found why I ride. Feeding senses by hunting impressions //

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OLDER, AND FASTER, ON MY S5

Shattering my best time on an epic Rhine Valley ride that climbs the Kandel mountain.

I’ve been riding road bikes since the 1980s, when cycling cleats were nailed to leather soles and local locksmiths made my extra gears. But I’m not slowing down. Quite the opposite. In 2009, I rode my Cervélo Soloist Carbon from my hometown of Heidelberg, Germany, to the top of the 1,241-metre Kandel mountain in the Black Forest. The 420-kilometre round-trip took 14 hours. This year, I did the ride again, but this time on my new S5. I was six years older — but 1.5 hours faster!

The ride along the Rhine Valley passes through many picturesque villages. The verdant hills lining the route steadily increase in height, until I find myself facing the infamous 11-km climb from the town of Waldkirch to the Kandel’s summit. Many famous bike racers have tested their mettle on the 902-metre elevation gain. As I near the summit, my breathing steady and relaxed, the fog closes in. The views are obscured, but lunch at the Kandelhof House is a fair trade-off.

When I climb off my S5 my body is tired but not sore. It’s the longest day of the year — the summer solstice — so I have some time to prepare for the return trip. For hours I ride at a good pace with tailwinds at my back. The S5 is a joy, and my MTN-Qhubeka outfit turns some heads. A few Africans cheer when they recognize it.

I’m tempted to stop and chat with my admirers, but I’m having too much fun going so fast.

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