If you believe what you see on the TV and social media then you could be forgiven in thinking that it is the end of the world and the apocalyse is near. A world where only the strongest get the toilet paper and the shelves of the supermarkets are stripped bear by the hungry masses. Never fear the end is not near and we will make it through the other side. What does that mean for us mountain bikers?
In a world where no mass gatherings are allowed, borders are closed and a virus is infecting many people all over the world, one must ask themselves what can I do? The answer is simple, ride your bike. No mass gatherings? Just you and a couple of buddies, full face strapped on and heading downhill at speed. Borders closed? Ride your local trails, get some fresh air and kill the virus with stoke (the virus can’t be killed with stoke).
Most races have now been postponed or cancelled and those that have not will surely be postponed soon. In Australia at least, gatherings over 100 people are canned and it’s likely to be much less very soon. Schools are still open but soon teenagers can just ride their bikes and stay away from the masses. Really if you look at it in an optimistic manner, the school kids will be getting more rubber on the dirt than any of us!
What the future holds nobody knows, we can sit in our houses build castles of toilet paper, stockpile pasta, rice and other foods; or we can just get out an ride our damn bikes. Don’t be part of the problem, be part of the solution, isolate. That means get your bike out of your garage and head out onto the trails, far away from the masses. No mass group rides but just you and your buddies (an appropriate distance away from each other) enjoying all the best things in this world…..rubber and dirt.
The world is always changing, it’s not the first time human kind has faced a pandemic this large and it won’t be the last. This is the first time we faced it with mountain bikes though……maybe that can be your ‘solution’ or at least a break from the madness. This is a light-hearted look at the current issue and by no means is it meant to overshadow the seriousness of the situation, please heed all advice from your local health authorities.