Last week 44|5 welcomed our semi-annual yoga retreat girl, Julia, and 10 of her blossoming yogis. When Julia comes to town she likes to add some cycling for her crew and this time she made everyone rent e-bikes – a good idea if you aren’t a cyclist and you want to climb some hills and see a bit of Provence.
I’m not a huge fan of these machines, but I do understand the attraction and am slowly coming over to ‘acceptance’ of having a motor on your bike (after all, the pros do it…).
And after 3 days of riding with these things I now have a new form of respect and can even see some hidden benefits for me; namely that e-bikes have some serious power, especially when going uphill. I had a hard time keeping up with Jay (front of the photo) on a 5% incline and he didn’t even have the turbo on. He motorpaced me up to the front group on that climb, which was a lot of fun for both of us I’m sure.
I’m still very wary about the skill-set of your average e-cyclist (which adds a lot of potential liability to our little company), but this gang was quite confident on the bike and nobody fell in a ditch like our last yoga retreat.
In other motorized-cycling news, did you see that crazy 80 km exhibition of brass balls that Froome exhibited in the Giro the other day? Just when I was becoming comfortable with disliking him again he goes ahead and pulls something like this.