Are you keeping your New Years resolutions up?
Maybe yes or maybe not,if you are still sitting in the couch, waiting for the fair weather to come out?
Some of you maybe start cycling for the first time now, or returning to cycling after a long time to achieve personal goals.There are some challenges to face to reach those goals. Peer pressure caused by other cyclists, myths,rumours,legends makes cycling interesting but also detrimental for a newcomer.
In the south west London area, there is the famous Richmond Park,used for the Olympic races during London 2012 and also other well known events. The park,it is just a blast to the wild while still in the middle of the city. Rudolph the Reindeer & the rest of his mates might escort you during the race,but also might endanger your ride.Therefore, I always advise riders to be vigilant.
The most unwanted danger for newcomers in Richmond Park are other fellow cyclists trying to beat their friends or achieve virtual badge with Strava. Correct, if you ask me about Strava, my answer is simple "I don't like it, & if not used properly can destroy the sport of cycling". At the weekend, unfortunately there are millions of cyclists out on the roads, some will be virtual racing (Strava, or any others apps) or racing friends while jeopardizing other road users.
A fellow cyclist few days ago told me about cyclists barging other cyclists in Richmond Park.I could not believe my ears. Another source informed me of the same. To avoid accidents in the near future to inexperienced riders and not I advise you to report those behaviours to the park people or the police always present around the park.
Please,remind those "Lance Armstrong Wannabes" that Richmond Park is a park and not a velodrome or a race course. Advise them to check online for some races where they can expel and exert theirs ego.
Please be safe,be yourself & if you see James,say hello to him from us.