Cycling the Easter experience

Painting of bicycle hanging from a wooden crossYou might well ask what does Easter and cycling have in common? For my thinking there is much that can be pondered on. The Easter icons signify this special time in our calendar.

The hot cross bun a taste that is not known any other time of the year the mixed fruits and spices that when warmed up fill the heart with a special fragrance.  The Easter egg made with a chocolate that has a taste all of its own wrapped in bright coloured foils. Both a great source of energy that can be used for fuelling a rider before and after a ride.

Cycling and good food go hand in hand and it is one of the many pleasures cyclists enjoy as a reward for their exercise. The wrapping of the Easter egg reminds me of the colourful Lycra and branding of the team colours of their sponsors that are made to stand out and catch the eye of the beholder.  These colours signify fresh beginnings, new hope in partnership, a new journey for riders and sponsors alike.

For many cyclists, the whole cycling experience can be a spiritual awakening, as we have shared many times bringing a freedom, albeit of a temporary nature while on the bike, to the many burdens worries and anxieties found in a secular life styles. In other ways cycling could be seen in similar lines of that of Monastic and Celtic Spiritual Communities where there is a very disciplined life long commitments and daily rituals. There are community gathering where riders share their lives in a very open manner for training, recreation, competition rides and that of connecting networks of families and friends.

There are at times where riders embrace solitude, almost a meditative time to develop their mindset and strength of character becoming quite introspective about their time on the bike and where it may be taking them. In group riding whether racing or recreational there is a time where you can be a leader and a follower, watching out for the safety of the flock. The strongest looking after the weakest, trying to make sure that others are given the best opportunity, to get to the end to complete what they started.

While riders can’t ride for others they can create a shelter and a resting place by facing the wind longer making a way for the weaker riders to remain in contact. Each rider however must exercise and be accountable for their own preparation, strength, fitness and preparedness for what may lay ahead. There is the joy of being surrounded by like minded riders all wanting to reach their goal and win the prize against the odds.

How does the Easter message relate. The death of Christ brings freedom, an opportunity for a new life by faith. The cross is the sign of Christ’s selfless life given to serve others, paying the price for our sin, dying our death into the tomb of darkness. Then the empty tomb, rising, set free of death into new life and light. Believers are invited to the Lords banqueting table where we are lavished with the wonderful provision and fragrances that sustain life in abundance. May you find the Easter Blessings in your cycling experience.

Looking forward to seeing you on the road soon God willing.

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