The Selection
Bicycling South Africa|September/October 2020
The last time I got better on a bike was when I decided I would never get any better at riding anymore, that my best days as a cyclist were behind me.
Bill Strickland

I’d just got divorced, and moved to a new city, and fallen in love again, and had a longer commute to work and a new dog in my life that needed walking in the mornings and evenings instead of just getting let out into the forest, and in that same year I changed up my job (working with Runner’s World and other brands, as well as still getting to hang in there with the supremely cool talented staff of Bicycling) and I had to be in the city a lot more, and... look, you know exactly what happened: instead of doing what I should have done and riding more when there was so much pressure, I did what we too often do and let the riding slip.

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