To Walk or To Ride?

Recently people all over the United States celebrated Ride to Work Day.  Many of these were clearly not regular cyclists.  How many people arrived late to work that day, red-faced and out of breath, I wonder. That morning I overheard a few people complain about the distance, the traffic, the potholes, etc.  I don’t fault them for it, cycling is a serious diversion.  Besides, what could I say?  I did not, myself, ride that day.  Not that it is an excuse—but after years of training and racing bicycles, I can say gladly that I have many more miles behind rather than before me.  But I still enjoy the idea of bicycles and I like to talk about them and think about them.  Hearing about people’s morning misadventures in riding to work, I thought about another group of intrepid cyclists whom I find particularly inspirational.  These gentlemen were not racers going for a cup or purse.  Nor were they were attempting to set a speed record or win public acclaim.  They were simply riding to work.

Any modern gentleman who considers himself a dramatist, and his worth his salt, would feel the need to share this heroic story theatrically.  But until that person steps forward, we must content ourselves with the following documentary.  I normally do not recommend stories that are not books.  But this story is exceptional.  The production is rather worth your time, I can say confidently—I recommend making the time to see it entirely.

Click here to watch a video from PBS about the Bicycle Corps, America’s Black Army on wheels.


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