I live in the Netherlands, one of the flattest, wettest and windiest places in Europe. While there is always some potential pleasure to be found in riding alone–time to think, process, or to elevate your heart rate enough to stop the thinking and processing–the poignance and nostalgia of the epic solo climb or the solitary sentiment of your two tires rolling alone over the roads of a lumpy green landscape just don’t readily exist. Here in the flatlands, we find the most joy in riding with others. It’s our community that negates the sometimes mundane landscapes and often lousy weather and motivates us to get out there.
As a TSC ambassador, I spend a fair amount of time riding the blissful roads around Girona and occasionally help out as a guide at The Service Course. And while Catalunya and the Costa Brava are places where one can easily experience those companionless adventures, it’s always better with someone with whom to share the experience.
There’s nothing like being witness to the joy our clients experience when rolling along the undulating coast loop for the first time, or crushing their first ascent of the Rocacorba. There’s no pleasure in solitude that compares to the richness of meeting and getting to know you in the saddle, the people who come to encounter this impossibly beautiful place and with whom we guides already have something so important in common–the love of riding.
So come, let show you around.