Why I #ChooseCycling
15 November 2015, my first "proper" road bike ride in Singapore. I had just finished a 20.73km ride and was very proud. Little did I know I would hardly do another 20km ride after that. The rides became longer and more challenging. Especially thinking back to Haute Route in Oman. The cycling bug got to me, and it was hard to stop. It still is. I bought my first bike in Singapore because the taxi rides to and from work were depressing. I assumed a quick bike ride to and from the office was a good exercise. Fast forward to 2020, and about 553 rides further, I mostly appreciate the cycling community and the balance it gives me.
Cycling has become a significant part of my life. It's part of maintaining my balance.
On Tuesday, 19 April 2016, I joined my first ride with Rapha Cycling Club Singapore. The starting point was on the East Coast side. I was quite nervous because it was my first ride with them and had two main concerns; getting dropped and getting lost. These guys and girls looked fast, but there was no need to be concerned in the end. The group was kind and inclusive. Four years later, that hasn't changed one bit.
Cycling has become a significant part of my life. It's part of maintaining my balance. Often times a demanding job, two energetic kids, and social obligations will get the best of you. Time passes, and you have no idea where it went. Whenever I go for a ride, it feels time stands still for a moment. I can have the worst evening, get on the bike the next morning, and clear my head before the day starts. It definitely makes it easier to get up at 5am in the morning and deal with whatever life throws at me.
Cycling also showed me the beauty of the community. Everyone comes from a different background. We all have different beliefs and motivations. On the bike, we all feel equal to each other. We're all speaking with one another. Some of my best friends in Singapore are from the cycling community. We ride together, we laugh together, sometimes we even cry together. Most importantly, we all try to become a better version of ourselves. I feel fortunate to be a small part of this community.